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 [...]

One Thing Lacking

Listen to “One Thing Lacking” by Fred Smith   Several times in the New Testament we encounter the surprising notion that the best people are lacking something.  The rich young [...]

Songs of Joy

Listen to “Songs of Joy” by Fred Smith   Studies are showing that giving, especially smaller gifts, has increased substantially during the pandemic. In fact, donations to food [...]

Farewell

Listen to “Farewell” by Fred Smith   Several of my friends are beginning to say “farewell” to their careers. It’s hard to believe. I know for many complete retirement is not an [...]

Feathers On The Waves

Listen to “Feathers on the Waves” by Fred Smith   The Greeks, as always, had a word for it: tragedy. That’s the first word that came to my mind when I stared at the photo of [...]

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 [...]

No Other Way

Listen to “No Other Way” by Fred Smith   Most of us are familiar with William Wilberforce for his long but ultimately successful struggle to abolish the slave trade in England. [...]

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 [...]

An Anguished Apostasy

Listen to “An Anguished Apostasy” by Fred Smith   When Bob Dylan stepped on the Newport Folk Festival stage in July 1965 there was nothing in his last three appearances that [...]