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All that Really Matters in Any Religion

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“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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Walk with God…Mindfulness in Action

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To walk with God is the goal of human life. What this means to Christians is not so different than what “mindfulness” means to practitioners of eastern traditions. Many of you know I wrote a book about walking with God. […]

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

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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 […]

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Why the Widespread Departure from the Church?

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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 […]

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

posted by smcswain

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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The “4” Myths about Prayer: Pathway to More Meaningful Praying

posted by smcswain

Recently, I pulled up to my local bank drive-though, opened the “pneumatic tube carrier,” as it is known, placed inside the container my bank transaction, and pressed the “Send” button. The little elevator doors closed and I watched as the […]

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The 4 Ways Life’s Little Interruptions Help You

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The delays…interruptions…to your important life, as well as mine, are quite frustrating, are they not? Who hasn’t experienced a flight delay? A mechanical problem? A cancelled flight? Or, a traffic jam? Or, having to wait in the checkout lane? They’re […]

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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 […]

You Are By Nature Spiritual…

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The Plan or the Path…

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For much of my life, I have lived with a plan… I planned when I would wake up… I planned what I would do each and every day… I planned how I planned to implement my plan… I planned, too, […]

The Sacred Journey…Four Stages of Development

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Once you embark on the spiritual path and begin to practice it regularly, there will come a time – it may be a few months or perhaps even a few years – but there will come a time when you […]

The Single Greatest Spiritual Truth

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What Is the Single Greatest Spiritual Truth You Have Ever Learned? I got asked that question today and, after thinking for a moment, I suppose I would have to answer like this: “As soon as you are disposed to being […]

The Authentic Search for God

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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 […]

A Fish with Arms? What the…?

posted by smcswain

“The instant fish accept that they will never have arms, they grow fins.” That’s the wisdom with which Mark Nepo begins his thought for today in The Book of Awakening. And, it is a thought that captures my imagination. It is […]

Do You Have But One Blessing, Father?…A Father’s Blessing

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“Do you have but one blessing, Father? Oh, please, Daddy bless me too.” And Esau broke down and wept (Gen. 17:38) One of the most heart-wrenching scenes in all the Old Testament. Esau, first-born son to Isaac, was looking for […]

Want to Grow in Your Faith?

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A Tribute to My Father…

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Looking for God Outside Yourself is Like…

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“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 […]

6 Questions Christians Should Just Start Asking…

posted by smcswain

Since the article I wrote a few weeks ago was released, “6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying,” I have received a myriad of emails and comments. Most have appreciated my awkward attempts to share my feelings and concerns about the state […]

The Dualistic Mind – Isn’t THIS What Really Needs Saving Today?

posted by smcswain

Jesus Christ is the model for integrating divinity and humanity. This IS the challenge we all face. Because, contrary to how many Christians have been raised to believe, we are both human and divine. All of us. That means, yes, […]

The Yellow Squash Does Sweat…

posted by smcswain

“The yellow squash will sweat.” Or, so said the recipe. I bought some fresh, yellow squash day before yesterday. Grabbed an internet recipe off the web with instructions for making squash and sweet onion. The recipe instructed me to slice […]

Mystery of Mysteries…You Say, “Jesus Is the Only Way!”

posted by smcswain

To those who know me, it is no surprise that I was born with a WHY chromosome. Because I was so fortunate as to travel the world during my teen years…those highly impressionable years…I’ve seen things, heard things, experienced things […]

The Point of Human Existence? What Is It?…

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The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God – Video Blog # 4

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The Enoch Factor: Video Blog # 4 What’s the difference between “beliefs” and “faith”? And, what kind of internal environment is needed for my faith to grow? 1. Question Everything (Video Blog # 3) 2. Today, I would suggest…

The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God – Video Blog # 1

posted by smcswain

These are a series of video blogs I am producing to introduce you to what I call “the sacred art of knowing God.” I hope you find them useful on your spiritual path.

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