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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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posted 3:12:13pm Mar. 06, 2015 | read full post »

All that Really Matters in Any Religion
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posted 11:06:11am Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Change: The Two Vital Steps to Lasting Change
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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 »


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