The Work Of Our Hands

Listen to “The Work of our Hands” by Fred Smith   For two summers as a student I took a job in a canning factory. For nine hours every day I stood on a hard concrete floor beside [...]

To Be Worthy of Honor

Listen to “To Be Worthy of Honor” by Fred Smith   Most of us are first made to read Shakespeare before we have enough life experience to even partially understand his genius. It [...]

Crossing Over

Listen to “Crossing Over” by Fred Smith   The church service before I taught Sunday School was not to my taste. It’s hard for me to believe God finds this edifying. The [...]

The Hopeless Wanderer

Today we would likely label Jacob a sociopath: cunning, deceptive, detached, manipulative and ambitious. He was often cruel and incapable of being loyal. He lived by his wits - and was [...]

A Peace Profound

Listen to “A Peace Profound” by Fred Smith   I think it was long-time Chaplain of the Senate Dick Halverson who said, “In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and [...]

Snakes on a Plain

Listen to “Snakes on a Plain” by Fred Smith   There are very few passages in Scripture as graphic and frightening as God’s sending “fiery serpents” in response to the grumbling [...]

A Permanent Enemy

Listen to “A Permanent Enemy” by Fred Smith   In his documentary film, “Korengal,“ author and director Sebastian Junger recounts the stories of a platoon of American soldiers [...]

Signs of Jonah

Listen to “Signs of Jonah” by Fred Smith   A friend mentioned he is re-reading Graham Greene’s “The Power and The Glory.” It’s the story of a failed [...]