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 [...]

Farewell

Listen to “Farewell” by Fred Smith   Several of my friends are beginning to say “farewell” to their careers. It’s hard to believe. I know for many complete retirement is not an [...]

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 [...]

No Other Way

Listen to “No Other Way” by Fred Smith   Most of us are familiar with William Wilberforce for his long but ultimately successful struggle to abolish the slave trade in England. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Friend’s Revenge

Listen to “A Friend’s Revenge” by Fred Smith   There are a few figures in Scripture who grow on you with age. Perhaps we come to understand their circumstances or have more [...]