Ears To Hear

Listen to “Ears to Hear” by Fred Smith   I pray none of my college professors read this late confession. I went to school in a time that valued citations and footnotes – not so [...]

On An Even Keel

Listen to “On An Even Keel” by Fred Smith   A friend asked me, “What do you think your best contribution will be? And for what would you like to be remembered?” I did not need [...]

Some Larger Way

Listen to “Some Larger Way” by Fred Smith   Some of you know I have taught a Sunday School class for 40 years. It’s my anchor as much as my pulpit. For much of that time I [...]

Do the Next Thing

Listen to “Do the Next Thing” by Fred Smith   Now and then I host what Quakers call a Clearness Committee for an individual working their way through an issue about direction or [...]

Is It Too Much to Ask?

Listen to “Is It Too Much To Ask?”   It’s not just me but a growing number of people have made comments about a theme running through commencement speeches for the last several [...]

The Gospel Drone

Listen to “The Gospel Drone” by Fred Smith   In 1967 film maker (and devout Christian) Irwin “Shorty” Yeaworth  produced “The Gospel Blimp” as a send-up of the craze [...]

The George Option

Listen to “The George Option” by Fred Smith   I’ve made light of country and western music for as long as I can remember. The titles like “I’ll Be Over You When The Grass Grows [...]

Jesus is Just Alright

Listen to “Jesus Is Just Alright” by Fred Smith   In the last few years I have been paying closer attention to some deep shifts affecting the church. It’s easy for Boomers to [...]

I Am Somebody

Listen to “I Am Somebody” by Fred Smith   Two times in the Gospel of Luke the disciples are caught asking who will be great in the Kingdom. It’s not a bad question. In fact, [...]