Entries by Tanner Smith

Be Still

According to recent studies the average iPhone user touches his or her phone 2,617 times a day. [1] Research shows each user to be on his or her phone for an average of four hours and 25 minutes each day. [2] With all of our digital consumption and our attention given to our smart phones, […]

BREAD: Experiencing Jesus Through Scripture

My three-year-old daughter, Elliott, is the youngest of three. She is incredibly smart and fiercely independent. She often keeps our family laughing and occasionally makes us want to pull our hair out. The other day our family was at the grandparent’s ranch together and we spotted some dear out by the feeder. Excited we all […]

How Can I Do More for God?

It’s a question so many well-intentioned Christians ask: “How can I do more for God?” You experience the love of God and the goodness of the Gospel, and your natural, automatic response is, God did something significant for me, so I want to do something significant for Him! How can I pay him back? The […]

Heart of the Song: Angels We Have Heard on High

As a songwriter, there are few things worse than playing for a room full of people who don’t care you’re there. Here you are singing your soul out, sharing the intimate thoughts and emotions of your heart, and people are content to just keep looking at their phones or talking loudly over their drinks, as […]


If you’ve ever experienced a power outage at your house then you know one of the craziest things about losing power is the realization of how dependent we are on electricity for everything. Not the least of which is light. It’s not until the power goes out that you realize how dark the darkness is. […]

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

“Now display thy saving Pow’r, Ruin’d Nature now restore, Now in Mystic Union join Thine to Ours, and Ours to Thine.” You wouldn’t recognize these words (not many people would) but they are part of a verse from the original version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing which was written by Charles Wesley, and later […]

Why the Church Needs Art

Over the last 10 years, I’ve been in search of the artist’s role within the church and culture. The one thing I have become undeniably certain of is that God is an artist, and he is misunderstood. In Genesis, God created a beautiful, thriving world full of flourishing life. Why? What purpose did it serve? […]