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God and the Power Pivot

posted by smcswain

God and the Power Pivot. Maybe you’ve seen this new gadget marketed by Quirky as the Power Pivot. It has become wildly popular. This one is now in our home and it is providing power to multiple products all from […]

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Why Are Some Christians So Angry and Hateful Toward Gays?

posted by smcswain

Below is my response to Sandy Rios, the talk show host of the American Family Association, for her recently publicized remarks that “God will even the score” against Obama and gays soon enough. I wrote the following response in an […]

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Want to Be Free…Truly Free? Here’s How!

posted by smcswain

The Buddha used the word “anata” to refer to “no self.” What did he mean? The same thing Jesus meant when he said, “Deny thyself” (Matt. 16:24). Then, what did these two spiritual teachers mean? Detachment is the word, my […]

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How Do You Grow in Christ?

posted by smcswain

“Be no longer children,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “but grow up in Christ” (Eph. 4:15). All my spiritual life…for as long as I can remember…religious people have sincerely, but mistakenly, exhorted me to “grow up in Christ.” It sounded reasonable. […]

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Life’s Most Inglorious Bastard

posted by smcswain

Inglorious Basterds! Not sure why they spell it that way, but they do. Remember the war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino? I’m pretty sure “Inglorious Basterds” is an apt name for my ego…maybe yours, too. I have struggled […]

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My Mind! My Worries! My Madness! Who Will Deliver Me?

posted by smcswain

Worry is the conversation in your head that fear has with itself. Really? Maybe that’s why… I tell myself not to worry, but I worry still. I tell myself I do not worry; but then, that I should worry more. […]

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What God, Church-Going, and Casinos Share in Common…

posted by smcswain

“What must I do to experience God?” That’s a little like asking, “How can I win the lottery?” “If I drop more tokens into the Divine Slot Machine, won’t that increase my odds?” Valid questions. But the methods? Not so […]

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Golden Rule: Try a Little Kindness Today, Won't You?
The Golden Rule Last night, I stayed in Philadelphia near the airport in an older Hampton Inn. I mean, an older, Hampton Inn. Not "old" as in the old, but elegant Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City. I mean old, dirty and, well, just ...

posted 9:28:48am Jul. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Storms: How to Navigate Life's Storms
I'm thinking about those times in life when the doubts of faith are many and the difficulties of life are manifold. Thank God, on the sailing ...

posted 10:27:58am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Pray: How Hard Do You Have to Pray to Get an Answer?
PRAY HARDEST I just drove past an electronic billboard located in front of a local church. The following message flashed ...

posted 4:49:50pm Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Money and Our Weird Relationship to It
I read a story today shared by one of my Facebook friends whom I'll simply refer to as Joe. It is a powerful, illustrative story shared by the Lutheran Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton about money and our weird relationship to it. [caption ...

posted 8:39:49am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Hell? Are You Going There?
"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 ...

posted 12:13:17pm Jun. 25, 2015 | read full post »

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