The Return of Risk

Carol and I were in Baltimore last week, and our visits included a middle school in one of the worst neighborhoods of the city. The principal told us their students consistently dropped out long [...]

Jesus is not the Answer

It’s interesting how one slip of the tongue can fuel an outsized reaction. Because many people are reading the appointments of the Trump administration to mean leadership is being selected with [...]

A Consecrated Fool

Growing up in church as a scrawny kid I was captured by stories of David slaying Goliath, Gideon defeating the Midianites, and especially Samson taking out 1,000 Philistines practically bare [...]

An Unexpected Inheritance

Over the last 30 years I have listened to parents wrestle with how to best pass wealth to their children. But the more complicated issue arises when they have to decide which of their children is [...]

A Love Letter

It was 42 years ago when Carol and I last stood as a young and newly married couple with the people of Park Street Church in Boston and sang, “Our God Our Help in Ages Past” at the close of the [...]

The Inconvenient Elder

The creation of wealth often spurs an unexpected reaction in the next generation. During the 12th and early 13th centuries there was something of an explosion of both wealth and the formation of [...]

An Unremarkable Life

My father died on August 17, 2006, and in honor of him and his father, Rev. M. Bunyan Smith, I am posting this blog I wrote two years ago. Why? Because I think it is some of the best writing my [...]

Lost Boys

My father left me three watches as part of my inheritance. The first, and oldest, was the one his parents had given him as a graduation present from high school in 1932. The second was a watch he [...]

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