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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 […]

Want to Be Free…Truly Free? Here’s How!

posted by smcswain

The Buddha used the word “anata” to refer to “no self.” What did he mean? The same thing Jesus meant when he said, “Deny thyself” (Matt. 16:24). Then, what did these two spiritual teachers mean? Detachment is the word, my […]

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. […]

Is There Really a Heaven or Hell?…

posted by smcswain

I suppose.  If you need them. But here’s another consideration. In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr writes… “When you do not know who you are, you push all enlightenment off into a possible future reward and punishment system, within which […]

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, […]

What Is Salvation? Enlightenment? Awakening? Learning to Let Go…

posted by smcswain

Fr. Thomas Keating, the Trappist monk, said “Discernment is a process of letting go of what we are not. “Discernment” is yet another word, similar in meaning to enlightenment, awakening, salvation. All of these words point to the process of […]

What IS Enlightenment? Salvation? Awakening? Here’s the Short Answer…

posted by smcswain

I find Mark Nepo thoughts so inspiring. His devotional today inspired the following insight. Enlightenment (or, salvation, or awakening, or whatever you’d like to call it) is not some lofty place of achievement reserved only to those who struggle, strive […]

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posted 3:21:37am Apr. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Stop the Train, I Want to Get Off!
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posted 9:13:27am Apr. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Fundamentalist Christians Do Not Take the Bible Literally Either
Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously. "How so?" In two ways.  First, by insisting the Bible is literally true they have established a level of expectation for its authority that people simply cannot accept.

posted 9:03:55am Mar. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Why Are Some Christians So Angry and Hateful Toward Gays?
Below is my response to Sandy Rios, the talk show host of the American Family Association, for her recently publicized remarks that "God will even the score" against Obama and gays soon enough. I wrote the following response in an attempt to address why there is so much anger and hatred among fun

posted 4:37:54pm Mar. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Is the Bible Literally True? No, Of Course Not!
Most people could care less whether it is or it isn't. If you're reading this, however, you probably care at least enough to read this. To me, the Bible is important. It is for me the sacred story of the origins of my faith. In light of this, I could no more feel as if it were unimportant than a

posted 4:27:01pm Mar. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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