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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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Crucifixion: A New Way to Think about Jesus’ Death

posted by smcswain

Crucifixion Of Jesus Why did Jesus die? The most honest answer? Nobody really knows. Not even the Apostle Paul and he was likely the first to write about these matters  (Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 12). Death by crucifixion is […]

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The Song of Birds at Spring…

posted by smcswain

The birds are singing this morning. Do you hear them? Or, are you dashing about preparing to plunge into the business of living on Monday morning?I will be, too, but the song I heard this morning stopped me right smack […]

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Hospital or Hotel? What IS the Church, Anymore?

posted by smcswain

“If we devote ourselves to the effort to be real, the Universe in all its forms will find us, the way that wind finds leaves and waves find shore” – Mark Nepo. “The effort to be real…” That is my […]

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Sabbath

posted by smcswain

A Hebrew word which, in its root form, means “to stop,” “to cease.” A strong word and every time I say it, I get this mental image of a huge, red sign with the word STOP on it. Not a […]

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posted 8:39:49am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Hell? Are You Going There?
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The Stuff I Was Raised to Believe and What I Believe Today - Part One
Like many of you reading this, I was raised to believe many religious things. Much of that stuff, however, I no longer believe today. [caption id="attachment_5527" align="alignright" width="200"] The Stuff I Was Raised to Believe...And, What ...

posted 8:31:10am Jun. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Spiritual Life, Health, and Vitality
The illusion of spiritual health and disease may actually run in both directions. There are those, for example, who regard the Church in almost any of ...

posted 1:31:53pm Jun. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Interfaith Spirituality: Interview with Author Tom Ziemann
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 say. Interfaith Spirituality When ...

posted 8:24:02pm May. 26, 2015 | read full post »

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