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dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Feb.17.2014
The birds are singing this morning. Do you hear them? Or, are you dashing about preparing to plunge into the business of living on Monday morning? I will be, too, but the song I heard this morning stopped me right smack in the middle of the madness. Were it not for the winter that remains......
christopher-cudworth's picture
Dec.30.2013
At some early age it entered my head that perhaps everyone around me was in on a secret. That I was the only one that thought as I do, and that even my parents were putting me on, big time.  I worried that I was not a "normal" person.  It happened again to some extent when I was 13 years...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Dec.15.2013
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 friend. Or, to put it another way, “Let go.” “But let go of what?” you ask....
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Nov.13.2013
“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. And, they were quoting Saint Paul. But what did most...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Nov.04.2013
The year was 1972. I was listening to Harry Nilsson sing “Jump Into the Fire” when my brother walks into the room and says, “You don’t get those lyrics now. But you will someday.” You can climb a mountain, you can swim the sea You can jump into the fire but you'll never be free 40 years later I...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Nov.04.2013
The year was 1972. I was listening to Harry Nilsson sing “Jump Into the Fire” when my brother walks into the room and says, “You don’t get those lyrics now. But you will someday.” You can climb a mountain, you can swim the sea You can jump into the fire but you'll never be free 40 years later I...
anthony-lamar-smith's picture
Sep.26.2013
This morning while at the gym performing my cardio exercises I pondered over the many blessing I may have taken for granted throughout my life. As I thought back I realized that many of the comforts I’ve experienced where a result of things I have been able to purchase and the lifestyle I live. My...
sarah-byrd's picture
Sep.03.2013
  Matthew 3:16-17   And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well...
michael-seidel's picture
May.16.2013
My wife and I attended a performance of The Unfortunates at Ashland's New Theater last night.  It's a chaotic musical tragic comedy featuring Big Joe, with enormous clenched fists, and his love, Rae, a woman with no arms.  The tickets fell to us when a friend felt too sick to attend and...
mark-miller's picture
May.05.2013
Promise of Tomorrow Volume 2: Discovery reveals some secrets. My new Amish serialized novel started with the destructive forces of nature, sending the Umble family running for their lives. They boarded a transport as a tornado destroyed their home. In Discovery, the transport arrives at...