Author Archives: jeff smith
Letter from Germany

In 26  years of ministry, this is one of the nicest letters I have ever received.  It’s from a lady from Duesseldorf, Germany that was in my seminar at Interlakken, Switzerland.  I am including it because it has more to say about the nature of art and the Christian faith than about me.  I hope you […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 22

Warm Up: Luke 22:19, And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Stretching: Exodus 12:1-25 Run: There is a six-mile loop I enjoy running annually. It is a ‘benchmark’ run that gives me a snapshot […]

Interlakken, Switzerland

Jeff and some of his students from the International Baptist Convention I just returned from my ministry trip to Interlakken, Switzerland, where I shared a week with pastors and lay leaders from all over greater Europe. The International Baptist Convention (IBC) is a fellowship of English-language churches and missions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 21

  Warm Up: Psalms 119:105, Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Stretching: Read Matthew 4: 1-11 Run: In pains me to start a sentence, ‘Back when I was a kid…” But back when I was a kid we played outside all day in the summer. It’s not […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 20

Warm Up: Matthew 24:43, But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. Stretching: Read Matthew 25: 1-13 Run: Runners are told to run facing traffic so that you […]

Pirates of the I-Don’t Care-ibbean

Just got a letter from Elaine Hanson, Director of Music at North Heights Christian Academy in Roseville, MN.  Their school performed our non-seasonal children’s musical, “Pirates of the ‘I Don’t Care-ibbean” available on the website at http://saltandlightmin.org/products/product-details/#cid=101264.   She said it was a great success and sent along some pictures (below).   If you’re looking for […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 19

  Warm Up: Psalm 119:11, I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Stretching: 1 Samuel 24 Run: Have you ever “turned your ankle”? It’s a common phrase in running. Although I never broke anything, I have had several serious sprains. The culprit can be something as small […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 18

Warm Up: Galatians 6:9, And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Stretching: Read: 1 Kings 19: 1-18. A devotional like this has to make mention of the exercise phenomena known as ‘hitting the wall’.   It is peculiar to endurance sports like running […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 17

Warm Up: Ephesians 6:11, Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Stretching: Read Ephesians 6: 13-18. Run: I didn’t know a lot about running when I started. I wanted to stay fit and running was cheap. But the more you run, the more you […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 16

  Warm Up:  2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come. Stretching:  Read Luke 5:1-11. Run:  Nothing changes when nothing changes.  That was something running through my mind the other day when I was in circuit class.  “Circuit” is an […]