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The Stuff I Was Raised to Believe and What I Believe Today – Part One

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Like many of you reading this, I was raised to believe many religious things. Much of that stuff, however, I no longer believe today. Make no mistake, I’m still a believer. And, what I believe today is very important to […]

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Bliss Beyond Belief: An Interview with Noelle Amendola

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She lives in a travel home, along with her husband. They sold their real house, left their jobs, and took to the road. Now, they travel from city to country to city, bearing a message of freedom, joy, bliss. Her […]

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The 21st Century Church: “Absolutes” the Church Must Embrace Or Die: Part One

posted by smcswain

The popular group Hozier has a hit song “Take Me to Church.” Lest you think, however, the title reflects the current youth culture’s longing to return to the Church they have abandoned, think again. One line in the lyrics goes […]

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The Beliefs I Was Told I Had to Believe to Be a “Good Christian”

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If you were raised in a Christian faith tradition similar to mine, you will readily recognize the following beliefs, the following worldview. If you were not, however, this will give you an idea of what I was taught to believe […]

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Why Is Your Religion Powerless to Change You? To Change the World?

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Why is your religion and/or religious belief powerless to change you? Powerless to change the world? This might explain it… In Voice of Reason, a book shared with me by my Facebook friend, Bill Butler, author Bryant McGill writes: “Take […]

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What Does It Mean to Believe?

posted by smcswain

To believe, what does that mean? To have faith, can you explain? Faith, the capacity to believe, is an innate gift of Divine grace imparted to you at birth. In other words, you are a believer at birth. How do […]

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What Does It Mean to Believe?

posted by smcswain

To believe, what does that mean? To have faith, can you explain? Faith, the capacity to believe, is an innate gift of Divine grace imparted to you at birth. In other words, you are a believer at birth. How do […]

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Stepping into the Eternal…into Authentic Faith

posted by smcswain

All structures…foundations…all pillars of faith….in other words, all beliefs are uncertain, temporary, and they are not…I repeat…they are not the source of authentic faith… …if authentic faith is what you seek. Faith is authentic…genuine…most real…when it has nothing upon which to stand. […]

The Authentic Search for God

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In an authentic search for God, the cosmos of inclusiveness just keeps widening and expanding, not unlike the ever-expanding universe in which we live. That’s a bit of a paraphrase of something Fr. Richard Rohr says in his book Immortal […]

The Yellow Squash Does Sweat…

posted by smcswain

“The yellow squash will sweat.” Or, so said the recipe. I bought some fresh, yellow squash day before yesterday. Grabbed an internet recipe off the web with instructions for making squash and sweet onion. The recipe instructed me to slice […]

I Was Born with a “W H Y” Chromosome…

posted by smcswain

I was born with a “W H Y” chromosome which is why I’ve been asking questions all my life. Unfortunately, many religious people are threatened whenever you question faith. But, my own opinion is, until you question your faith, you […]

The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God – Video Blog # 4

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The Enoch Factor: Video Blog # 4 What’s the difference between “beliefs” and “faith”? And, what kind of internal environment is needed for my faith to grow? 1. Question Everything (Video Blog # 3) 2. Today, I would suggest…

Who I Am Naturally!…

posted by smcswain

Here’s a thought for consideration on this bright new April morning in spring. In Harvey Cox’s book The Future of Faith, he references a statement to this effect: “If we love God, even if we think God might not exist, […]

What Is Faith?…

posted by smcswain

I’m looking out the window on a flight from Louisville to Atlanta where I’m helping a congregation redefine its understanding of mission and then recast a vision for their future. I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of faith. What is […]

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