The real MVP at the Super Bowl wasn’t in the game.

For me, the best part of this year’s Super Bowl wasn’t the snore of a game, but something that happened on the pre-game show. A clip was aired showing a player from the San Francisco 49ers, Anquan Boldin, being named the “2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year”. By NFL standards, Boldin has had a [Read More…]

Americans are “Anxious”, “Worried” and “Mad as Hell”? WTF, America?

I’ve been hearing about it on NPR, reading about it in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and seeing it on various cable news shows. The story making the rounds this election-year goes something like this: There is a large part of the American electorate that is “angry and anxious”. People are “mad [Read More…]

Are you happy? Maybe it’s more important to be content.

If you had the choice, would you rather be happy or content? I’ve written about happiness several times on these pages, but it recently dawned on me that there’s a subtle difference between the two words. While the dictionary definitions of happy and content are fairly similar, for me happiness is best represented by this image: [Read More…]

Steve Wiens on Beginnings: and becoming who you were meant to be.

In Beginnings, The First Seven Days of the Rest Your Life, author Steve Wiens offers up a unique addition to the motivational book genre. Steve, a pastor in Minnesota, has tied his main message to the seven days of creation found in the Book of Genesis and the promise of new “beginnings”. Now to be [Read More…]

How to improve your spiritual well-being—morning, noon and night.

January is the time to make big resolutions, and for many of us this includes becoming healthier and more physically fit. But this year, why not strive to improve your spiritual health as well? I recently wrote about how important it can be to start each day with a morning ritual and how it can [Read More…]

Let’s put Santa back into Christmas.

It’s that time of year again—the time when many Christians begin whining that the true meaning of Christmas is being lost. “Let’s put Christ back into Christmas!” shouts the sign at the Knights of Columbus hall down the street from me. But I’d like to propose that what we really need this Christmas is a [Read More…]

Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene a couple?

I’ve been reading a book titled Jesus Behaving Badly, and it reminds us that the Jesus of the New Testament exhibited more than a few human traits. Author Mark L. Strauss calls them “the puzzling paradoxes” and they include Jesus losing his temper (Matthew 23:33), Jesus railing against families (Mark 10:29-30) and Jesus being vengeful [Read More…]

How to put more happy in your Thanksgiving—with gratitude.

What makes Thanksgiving so special to us? When you think about it, it’s a very simple idea: family and friends gathering together over a big meal. But beneath that simplicity lies a powerful notion: the concept of giving thanks. In The Worldwide Laws of Life, John Templeton talks about the power of gratitude and how [Read More…]

On being in the moment—with a little help from The Three Stooges.

Larry: “I can’t see! I can’t see!” Moe: “What’s the matter?” Larry: “I got my eyes closed!” ~The Three Stooges Funny how inspiration can come to you from the strangest places. When I watched a few minutes of the Three Stooges and heard the dialog above, it got me thinking: How often do we go [Read More…]

Spooky Spirituality: Snakes, Aliens and other Freaky Encounters.

In Supernatural, Meeting with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, Graham Hancock writes about the powerful plant hallucinogen ayahuasca and its use by Indian shamans in South America as part of a sacred ritual. It’s a practice that continues through today and recently has attracted many westerners seeking everything from cures to depression to spiritual enlightenment. [Read More…]


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