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    Wait and See

    For Father’s Day, my daughters gave me one of those nifty snap-on 4-in-1 lens converters for my iPhone. It gives you four options of two macro views, wide-angle and fisheye. Since I rarely use anything but my iPhone for photography now, I have been looking for an attachment that will give me a little more versatility and allow me to dabble with different perspectives. I’ve been trying it out and have noticed each lens lets me see something different. The subject doesn’t change but the view does. And when the view changes, it even affects the way I feel about the object. It’s not just a closer look or a wider look. It’s the ability to capture (imperfectly) what I want…

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    The Smith Slant

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]We are halfway through 2015, and I am with my family vacationing on the Carolina beaches. At the end of 2014, I shared a few photos and quotes from my experiences throughout the year. Here are a few more for you, along with some more words from wise men and women. If you want to see more, you can visit The Smith Slant, my website for personal photos, Sunday School lessons and other thoughts and ramblings. I hope you are having as lovely a summer as the Smith family. Blessings to you all.    [/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid style=”all” items_per_page=”10″ element_width=”12″ gap=”5″ button_style=”rounded” button_color=”blue” button_size=”md” arrows_design=”none” arrows_position=”inside” arrows_color=”blue” paging_design=”radio_dots” paging_color=”grey”…

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    On An Even Keel

    A friend asked me once, “What do you think your best contribution will be? And for what would you like to be remembered?” I did not need time to mull the answer over: “I have been a Sunday School teacher for the largest part of my life now, and other than being a husband and father, I think that is the answer to your question. I am a Sunday School teacher.” Granted, it doesn’t always feel that way when the alarm goes off at 5:00 every Sunday morning. That’s when I put together the notes I’ve worked on all day Saturday. Some mornings it feels like a calling, and other…

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    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 opportunity to attack our faith. While we had never met one, we knew that one day we would, and it would be the fight of our young lives. We had to be prepared. We had to have a plan and a set of responses. Fortunately, just as David served as our model for slaying giants and Samson for bringing down pagans, we had Paul’s confrontation with the philosophers of Athens as the way to best the intellectuals later in life. We studied his brilliance in the…

  • Fred's Blog

    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 opportunity to attack our faith. While we had never met one, we knew that one day we would, and it would be the fight of our young lives. We had to be prepared. We had to have a plan and a set of responses. Fortunately, just as David served as our model for slaying giants and Samson for bringing down pagans, we had Paul’s confrontation with the philosophers of Athens as the way to best the intellectuals later in life. We studied his brilliance in the…