The Good Commission

Listen to “The Good Commission” by Fred Smith   Some blogs are diaries – personal and revealing by making you feel you have been invited into the interior of the author’s life. [...]

Talking To Elephants

Listen to “Talking to Elephants” by Fred Smith   As a young man stationed in Italy in the Navy I invited my family to come and join me for a tour of the country. One day in Rome [...]

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 [...]

More

Listen to “More” by Fred Smith   Periodically, I think about full retirement and what that might mean. I asked one friend about it, and his response was, “Retire from what? You [...]

Paper Dolls

Listen to “Paper Dolls” by Fred Smith   There is no topic more widely discussed and fretted about in family philanthropy than that of donor intent. Horror stories (both true and [...]

Neighbors

Listen to “Neighbors” by Fred Smith   Like most of us, I’ve heard the Parable of the Good Samaritan since childhood and one thing has remained constant: the Samaritan has always [...]

An Open Hand

Listen to “An Open Hand” by Fred Smith   In the middle of the crippling cold snap in Texas the store manager of the HEB grocery store had to make a decision. With hundreds of [...]

The Family Farm

Listen to “The Family Farm” by Fred Smith   I’ve had many conversations over the years with friends about the dangers of leaving wealth to children only to ruin them. It’s taken [...]

Never Despair

Listen to “Never Despair” by Fred Smith None of us thought it would end the way it did. It began with small, almost unnoticed decisions by Mrs. Britton, our Sunday School [...]