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The Power of Water

BY GARY S. SMITH They danced. They sang. They shouted and cried for joy. Had their team won the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup?...

A Tribute to Billy Graham

BY GARY S. SMITH Overstating the significance of Billy Graham is difficult. Arguably the most important religious leader of the 20th century, Graham presented the gospel...

A Haven in the Opioid Crisis

BY GARY S. SMITH, THE CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Our nation is experiencing an opioid crisis. Currently more than 2.5 million Americans are addicted...

The Founders and the Presidents: A Fourth of July Reflection

BY GARY S. SMITH It’s time to watch fireworks displays, sing patriotic songs, and ruminate about our country’s rich heritage and history. It’s time to...

The Legacy of Lent: Don’t Give Up Something, Do Something

BY GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES During Lent, the 46 days from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter, many Christians focus...

“Suffer the Children” — A Q&A with Dr. Gary and Jane Smith

BY GARY S. SMITH AND JANE SMITH Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with Professor Gary S. Smith and his wife, Jane Smith, about...

Panhandling and the Pope: A Better Strategy to Help the Poor

BY GARY S. SMITH Have you ever struggled with what to do when you encounter a person on the sidewalk of a major city or...

Trump and Evangelicals: Strange Bedfellows

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES Donald Trump, who has been leading the national polls for the Republican nomination since this past summer,...

James Madison and the War of 1812

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Presidents Day reflections typically commemorate the exploits of two of our larger than life chief executives whose...

Buyer Beware: The Value of Near-Death Accounts

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Religious deception and hucksterism is certainly not a new phenomenon. From Sinclair Lewis’ Elmer Gantry to televangelist...

Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents...

“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES On Monday the United States will celebrate one of its great festivals of civil religion as Barack...

Testimonies of Heaven – Gary S. Smith

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Earlier this year I went to the WPXI television studio in Pittsburgh to tape an interview. The...

The Controversial Faith of Barack Obama

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES President Obama’s recent statement on gay marriage has again thrust his religious views onto the front pages....

Easter and Heaven

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALLUES As Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter, heaven is naturally on...