If Jesus saves, can Buddha save too?

Chris Lemig was one messed up dude. He had gone 23 years without having a single sober day, overindulging in all manners of booze and drugs. He had hurt friends, family, anyone who ever got close to him. Wracked by guilt, confused about his sexual identity and without hope, he hated himself. And then, just [Read More...]

Finding your own personal spiritual mentor. (Even if that mentor is dead.)

The really smart marketer Seth Godin got met thinking about mentors the other day. While I’ve always believed the spiritual path is best navigated as a solo journey, and have railed against “gurus” in the past, the word “mentor” evokes a different image for me. I picture a wise sage who, when needed, dispenses valuable [Read More...]

The Dude on Finding True Love and Making it Last.

Earlier this year, I wrote a column titled “You’ll Dig These 6 Life Tips from The Dude” here on these Patheos pages. It featured the wisdom of the actor Jeff Bridges as told in his book The Dude and the Zen Master. The Dude is a role Bridges once played in the movie The Big [Read More...]

10 true things Jesus said that you won’t find in the Bible.

What if I told you some of the most amazing and compelling things Jesus said during his lifetime can’t be found in the Bible? That’s because they’re part of the Gnostic Gospels, a loose collection of almost 60 early Christian texts that have been referred to as  “the secret sayings of the savior”. Many of [Read More...]

Did Roger Ebert glimpse heaven days before his death?

An avowed “non-believer”, something strange happened to the movie critic Roger Ebert a week before his death: According to his wife Chaz, he visited heaven. Did you read the recent best-seller Proof of Heaven? I did and while Dr. Eban Alexander spun a good tale of his journey into a heaven-like world while lying in [Read More...]

The One Prayer to Say on Thanksgiving (and the 364 days that follow).

“If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart I first wrote about this prayer at the beginning of the year and am repeating it here because it is especially appropriate for the Thanksgiving holiday. I use it each morning to get my day off to a [Read More...]

Spirituality and the Rat Race: can you maintain a spiritual focus in the 9-to-5 world?

I work in New York City in the frenetic world of advertising. After a two-hour early morning commute, I usually walk into the office with a couple of tight deadlines to make, two to three meetings to attend and an average of a crisis a day to handle. I work with people who approach their [Read More...]

How to be an even better you (by remembering 3 simple things).

I start most mornings with some spirituality-based reading and over the past several years this has included the works of the late-John Templeton. Better known for the investment fund that bears his name, after his retirement Templeton wrote several expansive philosophy and religion books that are absolutely overflowing with spiritual wisdom. What’s compelling about Templeton’s [Read More...]

Falun Gong and the dangerous, super-freaky side of Chinese spirituality.

I work in New York City not far from the United Nations and every so often I’ll stumble across a protest aimed at one foreign government or another. One day, while taking a walk at lunch, I came upon a group of 25-30 “protestors” that was strangely silent, no chanting like you sometimes hear at [Read More...]

Is the Bible the Word of God or a Book of Wisdom?

There is a debate going on in a Presbyterian Church near me about the future direction of the church. The senior pastor there, who I will refer to as Dan, has decided to try and steer the church onto a new path, at least partly based on the answer to this question: Is the Bible [Read More...]


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