November 6, 2012

You’ll be reading this post several days after I wrote it, when I again have an Internet connection. I live in an area of the Jersey Shore that was hard hit by the so-called Super Storm Sandy. We have spotty cell service and no power and none is expected for many more days. I live a few miles from the ocean-front town of Seaside Heights, a place I spent every summer during my youth and young adult life. The town… Read more

October 14, 2012

A small Christian church near my home recently made an attempt to bring in speakers from other faiths, most notably a Muslim cleric. But during a contentious meeting of the church board the idea was loudly voted down. A board member told me some of the un-Christian like arguments that took place and let’s just say some of those involved had missed the sermon on the accepting and loving nature of God. Yet, while divisive events like this one cast… Read more

September 23, 2012

I was recently introduced to a fellow by the name of Andrew Harvey while listening to the always enlightening Sounds True: Insights at the Edge with Tami Simon. Intrigued by what Harvey had to say, I ordered one of his books, The Direct Path—and came across his fascinating story of spiritual transformation and redemption. Harvey was born and raised in India and after a childhood rich in spiritual encounters he became a disciple of a Hindu guru named Mother Meera…. Read more

September 8, 2012

For starters, let me introduce myself. I’m Tom Rapsas, and I’m thrilled to be starting a new blog column on Patheos. I’ve been blogging on spirituality issues for the last few years at both Elephant Journal and my own site The Inner Way. During that time, I’ve written about 60 posts (which are now available on Patheos), some of which were easier to write than others. There was The Forbidden Sayings of Jesus, where I needed to consult the many thick… Read more

July 28, 2012

I’m not talking about the love you feel for your favorite ice cream, your cat or dog, or even your significant other or spouse. My topic is the true greatest love of all, something that the ancient Greeks called agape. Read more

July 3, 2012

The companion of the Son is Miriam of Magdala. The teacher loved her more than all the disciples; He often kissed her on the mouth…~Gospel of Philip Read more

April 16, 2012

   The eternal life that we are now living will be well lived if we take good care of each little period of time as it presents itself day after day. If we fail in doing this, we fail in everything. ~R W Trine Many years ago I was driving down a rural two-lane Florida highway when I heard a clinking and clanking sound off in the distance. I looked in my rear-view mirror to see an old Ford pick-up… Read more

March 22, 2012

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. ~Dr. Seuss Read more

March 1, 2012

Have you ever heard of the Gnostic Gospels? They’re a collection of 60 or so ancient texts often referred to as “the secret sayings of the savior.” Read more

January 29, 2012

I’ve written previously about John Templeton and his inspirational tome the Worldwide Laws of Life. Within the book he has a brief but important passage that appears randomly at the end of a chapter and is credited to “Anonymous”. It’s titled “Symptoms of Inner Peace”. I wrote about it in a recent post on Elephant Journal, but quickly found out the author wasn’t anonymous after all. I received a message from Saskia Davis of Seattle who identified herself as the… Read more

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