Norman Vincent Peale’s 7 life-changing words—and why some call them blasphemous.

Norman Vincent Peale may be best known as the author of The Power of Positive Thinking. First published in 1952, the book went on to sell 5 million copies and is still a Top-10 “religion & spirituality” book at Amazon today. It was one of 41 books Peale wrote during a distinguished life that included [Read More…]

NJ family wins $430 million Powerball lottery—claims “Divine Intervention”.

There was a recent story in the NY Times about a family in my home state of New Jersey that had just won the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot—and what made it interesting is the reason they believed they had won. Pearlie Mae Smith and her 7 adult children did not normally play the lottery. But [Read More…]

The Mystics Who Discovered God’s Hiding Place.

At some point in time, how many of us haven’t wondered if God really exists? We may have even echoed the voices of those who have asked God to show us a sign, any sign, that he or she is real—that our prayers aren’t going out into an empty void, that our faith isn’t a [Read More…]

A Priest and an Atheist Walk into a Bar: A Story about Faith.

What is the nature of faith? Why do some of us believe that there is a God that watches over us and impacts our lives, while others believe we are alone in the world and left to our own devices? These are questions I have been pondering since I wrote my last Patheos story on [Read More…]

If gays are going to hell, are gluttons going too?

A few days ago, here in my home state of New Jersey, a story appeared that irked me. The Director of Campus Ministry at Seton Hall University, Warren Hall, posted a pro-LBGT (Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender) remark on his Twitter account. In today’s day and age, it seemed fairly innocuous: LGBT ‘NO H8’. Who can argue with [Read More…]

Musings on God and Life from an 85-Year Old Expat Living in France.

His name is Johnny and in his daydreams we meet regularly in Washington Square Park, not far from where I work in New York City. He spent a few months in the city in 1968 and has fond memories of his visit. But, this being 2014, we actually meet online. Johnny commented on one of my Wake [Read More…]

It’s time to take Mark Twain back from the Atheists.

Mark Twain, famed humorist and writer of the classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is perhaps the most celebrated American author of all time. He is also a favorite of atheists and atheist Web sites, who claim Twain as one of their own. But is their faith in Twain [Read More…]

Moving away from formal religion—toward a one-to-one relationship with God.

The problem is that we have lost religion—in the deep meaning of the word. We have formal religions that contain the seeds of genuine religiousness, but they are weakened by…fundamentalism, moralism, empty ritual, misunderstood teachings and general irrelevancy. ~Thomas Moore Are you one of the millions worldwide who classify themselves as “spiritual but not religious”? [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…]

Kaballah in 60 seconds: what Madonna didn’t tell you.

I’m reposting this column from a few years ago in memory of Rabbi Phillip Berg who passed away last week. Berg may be best known as the man who introduced Madonna, and several other big name celebrities, to the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah. (After his death, Madonna paid tribute to Berg saying: “I learned [Read More…]


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