April 3, 2019 editorial staff 0

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Several years ago, I was walking with a friend and her dog in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, when the subject of God came up. She asked me straight away: “You say Jesus is the only […]

Conceivable conversation with God

January 25, 2019 editorial staff 0

By W. Thomas Smith, Jr. I think a conversation with God might go something like this. Me: Lord, I am so anxious and afraid. GOD: “Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous. Do not tremble or be dismayed” […]

Resolve to bring Light into darkness

December 26, 2018 editorial staff 0

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS for 2019 Commentary by W. Thomas Smith Jr. Someone once said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” And who among us is not guilty of the hollow pledge of an intended goodness? I know […]


October 30, 2018 editorial staff 2

MILITARY EXPERT PRESENTS A TIMELESS CHRISTMAS AUDIO-STORY By Chris Carter In a uniquely told version of the 2,000-plus-year-old Christmas story of the wise men and the star, writer and military technical consultant W. Thomas Smith Jr., combines his love of […]

How a “scrap of paper” changed the world

October 1, 2018 editorial staff 0

Commemorating the 501st anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses BY W. THOMAS SMITH JR. [An abridged version of this story was published, Oct. 2017, in Columbia Metropolitan magazine.] FIVE HUNDRED AND ONE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH (specifically October 31, 1517), a […]

What is Truth?

September 19, 2018 editorial staff 0

Commentary by W. Thomas Smith Jr. (Originally published at MidlandsLife, September 13, 2015) IN NEARLY ALL THE FILM ADAPTATIONS OF THE LIFE OF JESUS – including the acclaimed HBO mini-series The Bible (2013) and The Passion of the Christ (2004) […]

The experience of church

August 19, 2018 editorial staff 0

Commentary by W. Thomas Smith Jr. CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS AN UNUSUALLY EMPOWERING ACTIVITY (please excuse the now-hackneyed word, “empowering”). I’m speaking not evangelistically, but as a matter of experience. It’s nothing short of wondrous: Dare I say it? Miraculous. This […]