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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 […]

Why Is Your Religion Powerless to Change You? To Change the World?

posted by smcswain

Why is your religion and/or religious belief powerless to change you? Powerless to change the world? This might explain it… In Voice of Reason, a book shared with me by my Facebook friend, Bill Butler, author Bryant McGill writes: “Take […]

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. […]

Why Am I Here? The Purpose of Your Life…

posted by smcswain

“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?

posted by smcswain

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, […]

What Is Faith?…

posted by smcswain

I’m looking out the window on a flight from Louisville to Atlanta where I’m helping a congregation redefine its understanding of mission and then recast a vision for their future. I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of faith. What is […]

Cabin in the Woods…

posted by smcswain

I was reminded today of the story Carl Jung used to tell of the dream he once had of a path he was clearing in the woods. With some kind of tool in hand, he was arduously working to clear […]

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Crucifixion: A New Way to Think about Jesus' Death
Crucifixion Of Jesus Why did Jesus die? The most honest answer? Nobody really knows. Not even the Apostle Paul and he was likely the first to write about these matters  (Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 12). Death by crucifixion is a painful, slow death and virtually unimaginable to the modern min

posted 3:21:37am Apr. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Stop the Train, I Want to Get Off!
Live fully into the life you have...into the person you are. All this straining, striving, searching, securing... And, for what? To BE more? How could you ever add anything to the perfect creation you are? What? You don't think God did well enough to suit your tastes when she created you ju

posted 9:13:27am Apr. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Fundamentalist Christians Do Not Take the Bible Literally Either
Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously. "How so?" In two ways.  First, by insisting the Bible is literally true they have established a level of expectation for its authority that people simply cannot accept.

posted 9:03:55am Mar. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Why Are Some Christians So Angry and Hateful Toward Gays?
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 attempt to address why there is so much anger and hatred among fun

posted 4:37:54pm Mar. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Is the Bible Literally True? No, Of Course Not!
Most people could care less whether it is or it isn't. If you're reading this, however, you probably care at least enough to read this. To me, the Bible is important. It is for me the sacred story of the origins of my faith. In light of this, I could no more feel as if it were unimportant than a

posted 4:27:01pm Mar. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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