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, [...]

Rise Up

Listen to “Rise Up” by Fred Smith   My father had a life removed from us that we knew little about until we were grown. It was only a few years before he died that I understood [...]

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 [...]