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 [...]

The Impeded Stream

Listen to “The Impeded Stream” by Fred Smith   Like some of you, I grew up singing the old hymn, “The Haven of Rest,” taken from the account of the Apostle Paul’s sea [...]

Our Secret Inquietude

Listen to “Our Secret Inquietude” by Fred Smith   After my father died we were sorting through his papers and found a stock certificate for 100 worthless shares. They were all [...]

Home Sweet Home

Listen to “Home Sweet Home” By Fred Smith   Much of the controversy around immigration lately is how many of the decisions are swayed by whether or not the migrant is bringing [...]

Gifts Of A Lifetime

Listen to “Gifts of a Lifetime” by Fred Smith   It’s a familiar scene made even more so by movies and novels: the reading of the last will and testament. The somber family [...]

The Light Years

Listen to “The Light Years” by Fred Smith   “Papa, how old are you?” my young grandson asked.   “I’m 73.” “Whoa, and you are not dead yet?” That was pretty much the end of the [...]

Unfinished

Listen to “Unfinished” by Fred Smith   Transitions from the founder to the next leader are notoriously difficult. Everyone is at risk in one way or another. Founders are often [...]

Burn The Bridge

Listen to “Burn the Bridge” by Fred Smith Shortly before the pilot announced we were making our final descent into Colorado Springs, a young man walked down the aisle to my seat and [...]

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