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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 Authentic Search for God

posted by smcswain

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 […]

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 […]

Want to Grow in Your Faith?

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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

posted by smcswain

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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The Real Miracle of Christmas
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Is Everything that Happens God's Will?
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

posted 8:46:32am Dec. 22, 2014 | read full post »


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