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The Joshua God, the Jesus God, and Why Millennials are Leaving the Church

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The Joshua God… The Jesus God… And, Why Millennials are Leaving the Church… “Christians must start to believe in the God that Jesus presented,” says Fr. Richard Rohr. I would add, “instead of believing in the God that Joshua believed […]

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Change: The Two Vital Steps to Lasting Change

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Change. Sooner or later, everyone wants to change something.  We begin each new year resolving to make changes… In our relationships; In our priorities; In our health; In our personal fitness; In our eating habits; In our ambitions; In our […]

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Jesus: The Original “New Age” Thinker

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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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Holy Spirit and Mindfulness…Here West Meets East

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Lately, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, has been on my mind. As you may know, he is still in a coma. We hope and pray for his recovery. Whenever I think of him, however, I am […]

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Jesus and the Buddha

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Jesus said, “Deny thyself” (Luke 9:23). The Buddha spoke of “Non-self” or “No self.” Both Christians and Buddhists frequently misunderstand what these teachers meant. What Christians Have Been Taught Christians, for example, mistakenly think Jesus was suggesting his followers had […]

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What’s Wrong with Our Prayers? Here’s What’s Wrong…

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What’s wrong with our prayers? Here’s what’s wrong…what we often call prayer isn’t prayer at all. Let me explain it this way… I do not pray to be healthy; I pray for wisdom to make healthy choices. I do not […]

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Why Do I Hide in the Dark? 3 Ways to Living a More Authentic Life…

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I was reading again this morning the story of Nicodemus. You remember it, don’t you?  The fellow who came to Jesus at night, full of affection for Jesus, but full of questions and confusion, too. Why at night? Why did […]

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The Song of Birds at Spring…

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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 […]

Stepping into the Eternal…into Authentic Faith

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All structures…foundations…all pillars of faith….in other words, all beliefs are uncertain, temporary, and they are not…I repeat…they are not the source of authentic faith… …if authentic faith is what you seek. Faith is authentic…genuine…most real…when it has nothing upon which to stand. […]

You Are What You Seek

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Or, so said Saint Francis. Rumi, the Sufi poet put it slightly differently, “What you seek is seeking you.” And, Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom.” So, what is the Kingdom? It is not the Church. Not heaven either. Are you […]

The Big Yellow Bus to Somewhere?

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Lao-Tzu said, “Be #content with what you have; #rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” You are probably not so different from me. But I live much of […]

Your Natural Habitat…the Chamber of Stillness

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I was reminded today that the ocean is a natural habitat for a fish. Just as air is to a bird and the earth is to a tree. “But what about you and me?” I wondered. “Is there a natural […]

Why Am I Here? The Purpose of Your Life…

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“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace till the last syllable of recorded time. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle! Life is but a shadow, a poor […]

Faith So Simple…As a Mustard Seed…So Why Does Religion Complicate Faith?

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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, […]

A Tribute to My Father…

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The Madness that Must End Among Christians…

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The Dalai Lama is coming to Louisville this Sunday. I was thinking the other day, “It’s about time. After all, I visited his part of the world for the first time when I was but fourteen.” It’s true. It was […]

The Real Meaning of Easter! Consider this…

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When you pretend to believe things you really no longer believe and you do so… …Just to please those whose friendships you’re afraid you might lose; or, because… …You fear their judgments of your admission or, worse… …The thought of […]

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