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Interfaith Spirituality: Interview with Author Tom Ziemann

posted by smcswain

His name is Tom Ziemann (pronounced “Zee – Man”). I’m not exactly sure when we met. I do know, however, how we met. It was on Facebook. When? Maybe a couple of years ago, but that’s about all I can […]

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The Spiritually-Mature Person

posted by smcswain

Luke 10:38-42 New English Translation (NET Bible) Jesus, Martha, Mary and the Spiritually-Mature Person 38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. 39 She had […]

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Detours to Avoid on the Spiritual Journey: “The Easy Path” – Post Two

posted by smcswain

Jesus was “driven” by the Spirit into the wilderness, as the Gospel writer Matthew describes in detail (Matt. 4:1ff). That wasn’t by limousine either. But, as I pointed out in the first of this four-part post, life will take you, […]

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Roads to Avoid on the Spiritual Journey – “Easy Street”

posted by smcswain

“So many roads. So many detours. So many choices. So many mistakes,” says the actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Yes, and on the spiritual journey, there are four roads, mistakes, and detours to avoid. But what are they? They are the […]

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Sunday Morning Spirituality

posted by smcswain

For two decades, I have crisscrossed this country giving my best effort at counseling and guiding churches representing every denominational persuasion, Evangelical, Protestant and Roman Catholic. I have sought to serve churches with one pastoral leader and as small as […]

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What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?

posted by smcswain

The first thing God said to Moses was, “Take off your shoes” (Exodus 3:5). Why? Freshly laid carpet? Hardly, although sometimes I think that Hank, our newest dachshund family member could show a little more respect for his new home […]

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Do You Have an Inner Guide?

posted by smcswain

Inner Guide? Do you have an inner guide? Yes, of course. In a few days, I will be giving the keynote talk to the Chairpersons of Departments of Communication from colleges and universities across the country. They are having their […]

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Is Everything that Happens God’s Will?

posted by smcswain

I often hear people say…heck, the truth is, I have said these things before myself… “Everything happens for a reason” “There are no mistakes” “God never puts more on you than you can handle…” It comes in many sizes and […]

Jesus: The Original “New Age” Thinker

posted by smcswain

You are a “New Age” Christian. What does this mean? And, why must people constantly label others? My critics sometimes say to me, “You’ve just become too ‘New Age’ for me.” Or, “You’re just another ‘New Ager.” What is meant […]

Meeting Almighty, Mopping Floors

posted by smcswain

So much of what I do…I do…even while I am thinking of something else. Frequently, for example, I’ll rush through a warm shower at dawn because I am thinking about all those things I must do, as well as the […]

The Voice Within

posted by smcswain

Several years ago, Christina Aguilera sang a popular song “The Voice Within.” The lyrics go like this: When there’s no one else, look inside yourself Like your oldest friend, just trust the voice within Then you’ll find the strength that […]

Jesus and the Buddha

posted by smcswain

Jesus said, “Deny thyself” (Luke 9:23). The Buddha spoke of “Non-self” or “No self.” Both Christians and Buddhists frequently misunderstand what these teachers meant. What Christians Have Been Taught Christians, for example, mistakenly think Jesus was suggesting his followers had […]

Walk with God…Mindfulness in Action

posted by smcswain

To walk with God is the goal of human life. What this means to Christians is not so different than what “mindfulness” means to practitioners of eastern traditions. Many of you know I wrote a book about walking with God. […]

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion – What I’ve Learned about Spirituality

posted by smcswain

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion. That’s the title to Sam Harris’ new book. Now, this should be interesting. For those curious, as I am, about spirituality but who have abandoned organized religion (and, according to the 2012 Pew […]

Cheek Turning: Completely Impractical Words Jesus Spoke

posted by smcswain

Cheek Turning: “If someone strikes you,” counseled Jesus, “turn the other cheek!” Completely impractical words, wouldn’t you agree? Who does this? You get sucker punched on one side of the face and you’re supposed to submissively turn the other cheek, […]

Is Jesus the Only Way to God?

posted by smcswain

Another Cardiac Unit Insight… Is Jesus the only way to God? I am often asked, “What did Jesus really mean when, in John 14:6, he is purported to have said, “I am the way…no one comes to the Father but […]

10 Steps to Inner Peace and Success…

posted by smcswain

Be Love to Others We are born for love. Not just to be in love and to be loved, but to BE love. You see, love isn’t just something you do. It is a constant state of BEING. It is […]

God and the Power Pivot

posted by smcswain

God and the Power Pivot. Maybe you’ve seen this new gadget marketed by Quirky as the Power Pivot. It has become wildly popular. This one is now in our home and it is providing power to multiple products all from […]

Would You Want to Marry into a Family of Atheists? Hell No!

posted by smcswain

I’ve been in a writing mode for the last few days. I’m preparing for a keynote in a few weeks at a banquet for several hundred aviators at Aviation Association’s annual gathering, this year at Belterra Casino and Resort. And, […]

What’s Wrong with Our Prayers? Here’s What’s Wrong…

posted by smcswain

What’s wrong with our prayers? Here’s what’s wrong…what we often call prayer isn’t prayer at all. Let me explain it this way… I do not pray to be healthy; I pray for wisdom to make healthy choices. I do not […]

Break Free…Living Fully into Your Doubts and Questions

posted by smcswain

Break Free. Sounds like the lyrics to a song Queen sang in the late ’80’s. Break Free. Sounds like something one of characters might have said in the movie, The Shawshank Redemption. It’s neither. When I chose these words “break […]

Worth of a Dime…The Worth of a Soul

posted by smcswain

Do we all have value? Any worth? Ever felt as if you had none? That you were worthless? “Sometimes,” answered the lady I counseled on a street corner one day, “I feel nothing else.” So this morning, I left the […]

Transformation

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How Do You Grow in Christ?

posted by smcswain

“Be no longer children,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “but grow up in Christ” (Eph. 4:15). All my spiritual life…for as long as I can remember…religious people have sincerely, but mistakenly, exhorted me to “grow up in Christ.” It sounded reasonable. […]

You Are By Nature Spiritual…

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The Sacred Journey…Four Stages of Development

posted by smcswain

Once you embark on the spiritual path and begin to practice it regularly, there will come a time – it may be a few months or perhaps even a few years – but there will come a time when you […]

Am I God? Are You?

posted by smcswain

St John of the Cross… “I seek God, but not because I think it is what I’m supposed to do; I do it instead because I need to… because of a longing that is not of my own creation.” I […]

Faith So Simple…As a Mustard Seed…So Why Does Religion Complicate Faith?

posted by smcswain

Faith is so simple. So very simple. It is religion that complicates it. Why? Control, perhaps. Distinction from other religions, maybe. I’m not quite sure. What I do know is that faith is not about either control or distinction. Instead, […]

The Single Greatest Spiritual Truth

posted by smcswain

What Is the Single Greatest Spiritual Truth You Have Ever Learned? I got asked that question today and, after thinking for a moment, I suppose I would have to answer like this: “As soon as you are disposed to being […]

What is TRUE Spirituality?

posted by smcswain

For much of my Christian life, I confessed Jesus and so pursued some kind of spiritual life. It was not because I was all that interested in overcoming the self-centeredness that WAS my life…my up and down emotional states…my negative […]

What Is the Sign of Spiritual Maturity?

posted by smcswain

How do I know when I am advancing on the spiritual path? What is a “sign” of spiritual maturity? I would answer that question as many spiritual teachers like Jesus did when questioned…with a question of my own. Must everyone […]

On the Pathway…But, to Where?

posted by smcswain

On the Pathway…But, To Where? It’s today’s buzzword, isn’t it? Pathway…Journey…People speak quite frequently these days about being on the path…or, on the journey. But, to where? For some Christians, it is a journey to heaven. Really? Is that the […]

The Secret to Finding God Is…

posted by smcswain

Do You Seek God?  And yet, no matter how hard you try, you do not feel as if you can quite make it with God? I understand.  Which is why I write so much and so often about this. I […]

The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God – Video Blog # 3

posted by smcswain

Do you ever long to know God? I have come to believe that knowing God is both an art and an art that is sacred. That is to say, knowing God is not difficult. But most of us make it […]

The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God – Video Blog # 2

posted by smcswain

Can I know God? Check this out and see for yourself…

Giving Your Attention Too Quickly to the Next Thing…

posted by smcswain

“Much of our confusion in life comes from giving our attention too quickly to the next thing…” says Mark Nepo this morning. Ah, now that touches a nerve in me. It does some of you, too. Which is precisely why, […]

Your Best Life Now!

posted by smcswain

OK, so this is all a little weird to me. My first blog as a blogger with BeliefNet. And, it feels like I’m starting all over. Which of course I am. Which makes it all the weirder. Which of course […]

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