The Rev. Dr. Timothy M. Smith is senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, GA.
Before coming to Redeemer in early 2010, he was senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, NC, and has also served churches in Newton, NC, and Hanover, PA.
Tim is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA, and a doctor of ministry degree from Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ.
In my first rural parish in North Carolina, I was as a young whippersnapper of a pastor even more of a liturgical and theological and musical snob than I am now. I regularly used as my example of what we ought not to sing the hymn "In the Garden." Why would Christians, whose biblical faith values community far above individualism and who have heard Jesus' explicit command to deny self and live for others, why would we ever sing, "He walks with me, talks with me, tells me I am his own"? Some years later, a Baptist clergy friend of mine helped knock me off my high horse when he heard my rant about that hymn and quoted some familiar words: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters," and so on.Read full transcript...
The Rev. Dr. Tim Smith talks to us about our unique identities, and from whom they come.