Dead & Buried or Planted & Growing?

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Faith, Family, Personal Stories

I learned this morning that my paternal grandmother passed away in the early hours of the day.  It was not entirely unexpected as her health had been waning in the past weeks. My mind is flooded with memories, buried treasures from the past that seem to become unearthed in moments like these. It is bittersweet. My ‘Nana’ will be missed …

People Pleasing Power Drain

Nathan Smith Bible, Faith, Personal Stories, Thought Provoking

I have had the privilege of traveling to many different countries around the world.  Often, I have been ministering by either speaking or leading worship.  Once, while on a tour of Eastern Europe, I was preparing to go out on stage in Croatia when I realized something was wrong with my guitar effects pedal board.  Making a few quick changes, …

My Commentary On Hipster Culture

Nathan Smith Family, Thought Provoking

Fashion and art, much like politics, are almost always downstream of culture. They only reflect the attitudes and worldview of the population, they don’t create those attitudes initially.  It’s how style becomes trendy or how a public figure becomes popular; they aren’t saying something new, they’re putting words and giving expression to the prevailing feelings and spirit of the age. …

Buy Products or Byproducts?

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Life Skills, Thought Provoking

It is nearly impossible to walk through the check-out line at the grocery store without being confronted with 17 different magazines offering you at least 249 hot new sex tips. It is embarrassing to see the absolute desperation of marketers to grab people’s attention by offering hope to find satisfaction in ways that only lead to greater emptiness. It is …