Never Despair

Listen to “Never Despair” by Fred Smith None of us thought it would end the way it did. It began with small, almost unnoticed decisions by Mrs. Britton, our Sunday School [...]

End Of The Line

Listen to “End of the Line” by Fred Smith The story of Abram’s calling begins at the end of the line. If you trace the descendants of Adam through Noah and then to Terah, the [...]

The Gandalf Option

Listen to “The Gandalf Option” by Fred Smith   In 2017 Rod Dreher published “The Benedict Option” to define the new relationship between the world and the Church allowing the [...]

Rise Up

Listen to “Rise Up” by Fred Smith   My father had a life removed from us that we knew little about until we were grown. It was only a few years before he died that I understood [...]

The Rabble Among Us

Listen to “The Rabble Among Us” by Fred Smith   It’s not just me but a growing number of people have made comments about a theme running through commencement speeches for the [...]

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 [...]