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Today’s Religious Rant…from a Professional Ranter

posted by smcswain

TODAY’s RELIGIOUS RANT Some very conservative Christian friends of mine (and they seem to be growing fewer and fewer in number these days, which saddens me) are so very offended by me and, very often, justifiably so. I can be […]

Worth of a Dime…The Worth of a Soul

posted by smcswain

Do we all have value? Any worth? Ever felt as if you had none? That you were worthless? “Sometimes,” answered the lady I counseled on a street corner one day, “I feel nothing else.” So this morning, I left the […]

What Does It Mean to Believe?

posted by smcswain

To believe, what does that mean? To have faith, can you explain? Faith, the capacity to believe, is an innate gift of Divine grace imparted to you at birth. In other words, you are a believer at birth. How do […]

Want to Be Free to Be You? Here’s how…

posted by smcswain

Over the years, I have learned to keep some of myself hidden from others. Do you ever do this? I’ve been like a “Lazy Susan,” as Mark Nepo describes it, “offering only what others wanted or needed or felt most […]

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, […]

The Single Greatest Spiritual Truth

posted by smcswain

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 […]

Want to Grow in Your Faith?

posted by smcswain

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 […]

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Jesus: The Original "New Age" Thinker
You are a “New Age” Christian. What does this mean? And, why must people constantly label others? My critics sometimes say to me, “You’ve just become too ‘New Age’ for me.

posted 7:55:46am Dec. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Meeting Almighty, Mopping Floors
So much of what I do...I do...even while I am thinking of something else. Frequently, for example, I'll rush through a warm shower at dawn because I am thinking about all those things I must do, as well as the conversations I must have later that day...so I'm thinking about the things that I will sa

posted 2:14:17pm Nov. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Holy Spirit and Mindfulness...Here West Meets East
Lately, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, has been on my mind. As you may know, he is still in a coma. We hope and pray for his recovery. Whenever I think of him, however, I am reminded of the beautiful story he tells in his book Living Buddha, Living Christ about the time

posted 11:27:25am Nov. 26, 2014 | read full post »

The Problem with Faith
The Problem with Faith I wish it were easier. It is not, however. In many ways, my spiritual walk was easier when it was not so complicated by faith. When I could reduce it to a catalogue of beliefs,

posted 1:23:58pm Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

The Voice Within
Several years ago, Christina Aguilera sang a popular song "The Voice Within." The lyrics go like this: When there's no one else, look inside yourself Like your oldest friend, just trust the voice within Then you'll find the strength that will guide your way If you will learn to begin to trust th

posted 11:12:43am Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »


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