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 [...]

End Of The Line

Listen to “End of the Line” by Fred Smith The story of Abram’s calling begins at the end of the line. If you trace the descendants of Adam through Noah and then to Terah, the [...]

Living In That Moment

Listen to “Living In That Moment” by Fred Smith   Raised a Baptist I had no exposure to what I later learned is called the liturgical calendar. We observed Christmas, Easter, [...]

A Gift Too Big

Listen to “A Gift Too Big” by Fred Smith   Instead of destroying a weakened Israel, the Midianites chose constant humiliation by periodically crossing into Israel and reducing [...]

A Bonhoeffer Moment

Listen to “A Bonhoeffer Moment” by Fred Smith   Almost everywhere you turn – left and right – you will hear or read people saying, “This is a Bonhoeffer moment.” For [...]

The Invisible Whip

Listen to “The Invisible Whip” by Fred Smith   The week started over coffee with a young man having just completed the ultimate business deal of his career. If managed right 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 [...]

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 [...]