Month: January 2019

God and The Good Life

God and The Good Life

Listen to “God and the Good Life” by Fred Smith   Listening to Meghan Sullivan this week at the Augustine Collective Conference describe her introduction to philosophy course at Notre Dame titled “God and the Good Life” I started thinking about what the “good life” would mean. While there are a few outspoken critics about the role of religion in creating a good life – ...[Read More]

At Last – Not Free

At Last – Not Free

Listen to “At Last – Not Free” by Fred Smith   Max Pennywise, a local small business owner and new Chair of the Long-Range Planning committee at First Church had just finished reading the latest book on making churches sustainable – “Five Steps to Freedom: An Innovative Business Model for Congregations.” In it, he discovered how the leadership of First Church could mov ...[Read More]

Paper Losses

Paper Losses

Listen to “Paper Losses” by Fred Smith   Several years ago I read an article using the research of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Twersky to illustrate the brain’s reaction to gain and loss. It seems the amount of pleasure we receive from a gain of  $1000 is not equal to the amount of sadness we feel about a loss of the same amount. In fact, according to their findings, we are two ...[Read More]

The Great Wave of Schism

The Great Wave of Schism

Listen to “The Great Wave of Schism” by Fred Smith   Once upon a time, according to geologist Alfred Wegener in his 1912 book “The Origin of Continents and Oceans”, all the continents formed one large land mass called Pangaea. Three hundred million years ago, Earth didn’t have seven continents, but instead one mammoth supercontinent surrounded by a single ocean. The several contin ...[Read More]

His Mother’s Son

His Mother’s Son

Listen to “His Mother’s Son” by Fred Smith   Over the holidays I had time to think again about images of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Traditionally, what is our picture of Mary? An innocent virgin, humble servant, frightened by losing the young Jesus who has stayed behind in Jerusalem. She is the patient mother at the wedding at Cana wisely telling the stewards to do whatever ...[Read More]