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All that Really Matters in Any Religion

posted by smcswain

“In essentials unity…in non-essentials liberty…in all things charity.” I have heard this phrase for the greater part of my religious life. In fact, I am pretty sure I have used the phrase myself. It is a much more helpful position […]

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“Healing the Divide” – An Interview with Author, Christian Mystic and Church Reformer, Amos Smith

posted by smcswain

“Healing the Divide.” That’s the title of Amos Smith’s book. Fr. Richard Rohr calls it “a foundational work written in a style that will be respected by scholars–yet easily accessible to ordinary Christians and would-be seekers.” Leonard Sweet, author of […]

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Jesus: The Original “New Age” Thinker

posted by smcswain

You are a “New Age” Christian. What does this mean? And, why must people constantly label others? My critics sometimes say to me, “You’ve just become too ‘New Age’ for me.” Or, “You’re just another ‘New Ager.” What is meant […]

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What about Heaven or Hell?

posted by smcswain

I was re-reading this morning Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Haven’t read it? I suggest you do. On Heaven? Here are some of his words… “When you do not know who you are, you […]

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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 […]

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A Tribute to My Father…

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Looking for God Outside Yourself is Like…

posted by smcswain

“If God is everywhere,” writes Fr. Richard Rohr, “then God is not anywhere exclusively.” Hold this thought in your mind this day…no, everyday…and see what happens. I suspect, among other things, 1. You will begin to honor spiritual truth wherever […]

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Sinner’s in the Hands of an Angry God!

posted by smcswain

“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God!” Yes, that WAS the title of a sermon given by Jonathan Edwards in the 18th century. The title has changed over the years; the message has remained the same. You are 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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