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Author Chris Smith

Chris Smith is the senior pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Euclid, Ohio. She is the author of “Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors.”

Our words have power. With our words we bless and with our words we curse. We can create an environment of peace and love or an atmosphere of anxiety and fear. How are you using your words? […] Read More

The world witnessed a beautiful example of a truly integrated and diverse worship experience through the wedding of Prince Harry and now Princess Meghan Markle. Each element of the service was beautifully and uniquely balanced between the two cultures of Harry and Meghan. Choirs, musicians, preachers, readers and readings, hairstyles, outfits and guests – all […] Read More

My sister shared a moving testimony last week concerning what she witnessed at a recent funeral service. The deceased was an elderly woman who had committed her adult life to prison ministry. Sister Eva’s pastor shared, “I noticed that Sister Eva was only at worship service a few times a month. When I asked her […] Read More

An intriguing description of one of Jesus’ followers is found in Luke 8:1-4: “Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward or household manager.” One can only imagine the conversations held between Joanna and her husband, Chuza, the “COO,” chief operating officer, if you will, of Herod’s household. I imagine Joanna was concerned about how her […] Read More

The Christmas season is an important time to remember and practice Paul’s exhortation in Romans 12:15. “Sleigh bells ringing.” Christmas lights flashing, choirs singing, shoppers shopping. Gift wrapping, mistletoe, holiday parties and special gatherings all signal “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many, it is not. For some reason, it seems […] Read More

Not many days hence, the election season of 2016 will be in the history books. Words spoken, however, throughout the course of one of the most contentious presidential races in modern times will linger. Front and center have been the remarks made about women. For centuries, women have borne the brunt of abusive, oppressive, degrading, […] Read More

A small, fractured, “gray” congregation took a chance at change and “life” and called their first African-American and first female pastor 10 years ago. As I reflect upon the past decade of ministry, I’ve come to understand and know 10 things that I thought I knew, but maybe I did not: 1. “Good intentions” and […] Read More

Luke 7:36-47 tells the story about Simon, a Pharisee who had invited Jesus to come and have dinner at his home. It appears that the meal was happening somewhere public because a woman of questionable character appeared and began to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears and wipe them off with her hair. Simon was […] Read More

We are living in a hurried, fast-paced age. If you do not own or have access to a MacBook, iPhone, iPod, iPad or their non-Apple equivalents, you are almost lost. While these new forms of technology have afforded us tremendous conveniences, some unfortunate byproducts of those conveniences have emerged. Text messages, Twitter and Facebook encourage […] Read More

Hebrews 11:39-40 proclaims, “All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.” In the words of the late Elton Trueblood, every generation has the bittersweet […] Read More