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, [...]

The Work Of Our Hands

Listen to “The Work of our Hands” by Fred Smith   For two summers as a student I took a job in a canning factory. For nine hours every day I stood on a hard concrete floor beside [...]

Ancient Of Days

Listen to “Ancient of Days” by Fred Smith   A cardinal rule of teaching is never open with a line that makes it impossible to say anything more about the topic. That’s especially [...]

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 [...]

Keep It Simple

Listen to “Keep It Simple” by Fred Smith   “Thank God the evangelicals are a single issue bloc of voters.  I don’t know what we would do were they not.” My friend, the aspiring [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Snakes on a Plain

Listen to “Snakes on a Plain” by Fred Smith   There are very few passages in Scripture as graphic and frightening as God’s sending “fiery serpents” in response to the grumbling [...]

Enemies in the Land

Listen to “Enemies in the Land” by Fred Smith   Peace is good. War is bad. Right?  Not always. In fact, there are times even now when calling for peace is simply appeasement and [...]