This Is My Story

Listen to “This is My Story” by Fred Smith   Two weeks ago in Menlo Park, a friend convened a group to talk about mentoring. It must be that time of life when people ask you to [...]

And You Have So Many

Listen to “And You Have So Many” By Fred Smith   This being the week of Mother’s Day, I remember one of my father’s favorite stories about his mother. They lived in a very poor [...]

Look Out For Pirates

Listen to “Look Out for Pirates.”   This morning I am in New York serving on a panel at the Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit. Here is the assignment: “As tectonic shifts [...]

Jars Of Clay Or Faberge?

Listen to “Jars of Clay or Faberge?”   A conversation this week with Dan Haseltine, the lead vocalist for the band Jars of Clay and the founder of Blood: Water Mission started me [...]

All In Good Time

Listen to “All In Good Time.”   It’s a familiar scene made even more so by movies and novels: the reading of the last will and testament. The somber family is seated [...]

A Fool’s Errand

Listen to “A Fool’s Errand” In the Baptist church where I grew up, we heard rumors of “intellectuals” lurking in the world beyond our safe fellowship who relished the [...]

The Ordinary Generation

In his book, “The Greatest Generation” Tom Brokaw wrote, “At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the [...]