Fred’s Thursday Blog

Class Traitors

You may have read recent articles about a growing group of young and affluent inheritors embracing giving that encourages their peers to disperse all of their inherited or excess income. They describe themselves as “class traitors” by turning their backs on family wealth and the unearned privileges they enjoy.  The creation of great wealth often spurs an unexpected reaction in the next genera ...[Read More]

A Piece Of The Puzzle

Twenty years ago in our community it was considered normal that minority students would not finish high school much less go on to college. In fact, there was very little attention given to minority students expressing a desire for going beyond high school. A group of us began meeting and asking the question, “What would it take to increase the number of students who would be first in their family ...[Read More]

Great Expectations

In his book, “A Resilient Life”, Gordon MacDonald recounts his desire to run track for the Stony Brook School. The demanding coach, Marvin Goldberg, was not impressed with Gordon’s great natural talent as it was undisciplined and untested. Gordon waited for weeks for his name to be posted on the bulletin board as one selected for the team and then one day he heard his name called. Not Gordon but G ...[Read More]

A Piece of the Puzzle

Twenty years ago in our community it was considered normal that minority students would not finish high school much less go on to college. In fact, there was very little attention given to minority students expressing a desire for going beyond high school. A group of us began meeting and asking the question, “What would it take to increase the number of students who would be first in their family ...[Read More]

The Fool Stays

The Fool Stays

There are two kinds of fools in the world. One is the Biblical fool who is best described as a person with no self-control. He is “a larger child” governed by the impulse of the passing moment and with no ability to rule his tongue, emotions, pleasures or thoughts. He is stupid and self-conceited, and with no ability to see himself as he is, rushes to his own destruction hardly thinkin ...[Read More]

Not Fade Away

Teaching in a traditional boarding school on the East Coast, I was working overtime to adapt – but unsuccessfully. It was no one’s fault. It was simply not the right place for me. So, at 38 I realized I was a misfit in my work. A book by Ralph Mattson and Art Miller, “Finding a Job You Can Love,” changed my life by showing me God has designed us for accomplishing particular kinds of work. We can t ...[Read More]

The Happy Few

The Happy Few

While it may be true that history is written by the victors, it is often the tragic last stands that capture our imaginations with the victors being forgotten. This is something of a sacred week in Texas for it was this month in 1836 that a group of 200 volunteer soldiers including Davy Crockett from Tennessee (“You can go to hell. I am going to Texas”), Jim Bowie, and William Travis held out for ...[Read More]

The String Around The Tree

The String Around The Tree

I was born in 1946 – one year after Torrey Johnson, Billy Graham and Chuck Templeton met and formed Youth For Christ. For years I heard the stories of how Chuck was in fact the better preacher and everyone expected him to “turn the world around.” Known as the “gold-dust twins,” Billy and Chuck traveled and preached together to large crowds of teenagers until 1948. It was then tha ...[Read More]