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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion – What I’ve Learned about Spirituality

posted by smcswain

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion. That’s the title to Sam Harris’ new book. Now, this should be interesting. For those curious, as I am, about spirituality but who have abandoned organized religion (and, according to the 2012 Pew […]

Why the Widespread Departure from the Church?

posted by smcswain

I am frequently asked, “Why the widespread departure from organized religion?” I have thought long and hard about this and, for those of you who follow my blogs with the Huffington Post and the articles I write for the Washington […]

What’s Wrong with Much of Organized Christianity Today?

posted by smcswain

J. S. Spong says this: 1. God is still envisioned as a “being” supernatural in power, dwelling somewhere external to this world, usually depicted as “above the sky.” 2. Prayer is largely an effort to manipulate God to conform to […]

And, What Is It You Do? Today’s Elevator Speech

posted by smcswain

I had lunch today with Wayne, an old friend who recently reached out to me to rekindle our friendship. Today was the second of what I suspect will be many future luncheons and/or conversations around coffee with Wayne. Wayne is […]

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All that Really Matters in Any Religion
"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

posted 11:06:11am Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Change: The Two Vital Steps to Lasting Change
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 h

posted 1:38:49pm Feb. 17, 2015 | read full post »

"Healing the Divide" - An Interview with Author, Christian Mystic and Church Reformer, Amos Smith
"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 I Am a Follower, suggests this: "Read

posted 6:39:10am Feb. 17, 2015 | read full post »

LIVING WITH FEARS: How I’m Learning to Manage Mine
I think I have always lived slightly afraid of something. • I am not afraid of being attacked like a soldier must feel on a battlefield. • I am not afraid of falling off a cliff, although I would be if I did not avoid heights. • I am not afraid of being struck by lightning because…well…

posted 8:48:19am Feb. 14, 2015 | read full post »

Contentment...In Any and All Circumstances
The spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, once wrote, "Accept this moment as if you had chosen it." That's not so different, is it, from what the spiritual teacher, Saint Paul, described, when he wrote, "...I have learned how to be content with whatever I have" (Phil. 4:11)? [caption id="attachmen

posted 10:40:05am Jan. 29, 2015 | read full post »


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