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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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"Hell? Are You Going There?" "Heaven or Hell...Which?" "Are You Saved? Only the Saved Go to Heaven!" "Have You Heard of the 4 Spiritual Laws?" Those were the cliches' I often heard...heck, I even used them...when, at one time in my young ...

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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 ...

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