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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?

posted by smcswain

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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Suicide Saint Augustine believed this in the fifth century and, as a consequence, this became the Church's position regarding suicide for centuries. But Saint Augustine was wrong about this, just as he has been wrong about many other things, including "original sin." For most of my life, I have

posted 3:53:56pm Aug. 14, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 9:56:28am Aug. 07, 2014 | read full post »

Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
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posted 11:11:15am Jul. 31, 2014 | read full post »

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War: Remember, We Must...
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posted 1:54:14pm Jul. 24, 2014 | read full post »

10 Steps to Inner Peace and Success...
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posted 12:24:11pm Jul. 11, 2014 | read full post »


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