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November 07, 2018
Finding God without Church (Spirituality for the Rest of Us)
Did you know that one of America’s greatest philosophers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, was once a...
October 17, 2018
3 Daily Prayers for the Spiritual but not Religious
Do you believe in a force that is greater than yourself? If yes, how do...
July 05, 2018
It’s time to take Mark Twain back from the atheists
When this story first ran almost 4 years ago, it became a bit controversial--let's just...
June 21, 2018
Do you believe in the “God of the Bible”—or another God?
There’s a Pew Research Center study that came out earlier this year that showed an...
December 07, 2017
If Jesus Died For Our Sins, Was God Responsible For his Death?
Many people from traditional Christian backgrounds may find this…shocking and offensive. That is understandable. The...
September 27, 2017
Did God stop talking? Or did we stop listening?
From the story of Moses to passages found in the gospels of John and Luke,...
September 07, 2017
A Definition of God: For the Spiritual but Not Religious
All my life I’ve experienced a sense of wonder that has to do with something...
August 03, 2017
The Connection Between Ghosts, UFOs and God
People who are not religious are twice as likely to believe in ghosts and UFOs...
April 06, 2017
Was the Best Spirituality Book of All Time Written 120 Years Ago?
Every few years there’s a spirituality book that captures the imagination of the public and...
March 03, 2017
What’s Love Got to Do with It? Everything.
What are we supposed to accomplish during this lifetime? It goes without saying that we...
February 25, 2017
Revealing the mystical secrets of Kabbalah.
Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible. It has been...
February 15, 2017
Is the key to knowing God, knowing yourself?
Did you read my last story about the hidden nature of God? I wrote about...
February 09, 2017
Does God have a secret hiding place?
Every now and then, we can have the feeling that God is missing in action....
February 04, 2017
Walt Whitman on God, America and Life.
In my neck of the woods, the name Walt Whitman is associated with a bridge...
December 01, 2016
The Secret of Life according to the Bhagavad Gita.
The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Hindu spiritual text whose name means “the song of...
July 11, 2016
What Thomas Edison sees when he sees God.
How do you picture God? I was raised in a Catholic family and attended weekly...
June 27, 2016
“Jesus is just like you and me”: the radical message of R. W. Emerson.
Imagine graduating from one of the top religious schools in the country, entering the ministry,...
June 08, 2016
My wise 86-year old friend just passed away. Here are his final words.
I first met John Gray in early-2014. He was a reader of this column and...
May 24, 2016
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...
May 18, 2016
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...
August 09, 2015
The Mystics Who Discovered God’s Hiding Place.
At some point in time, how many of us haven’t wondered if God really exists?...
July 29, 2015
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...
January 14, 2015
Does God have a plan for your life? Ralph Waldo Emerson has a compelling answer.
God’s plan for your life isn’t a map you see all at once, but a...
December 15, 2014
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...
December 01, 2014
Finding Meaning in the Silence of God.
Some books and authors try to define the nature of God and Lord knows I...
October 22, 2014
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...
July 30, 2014
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...
May 01, 2014
You already know how to talk to God. Here’s how to listen.
“Let us be silent, and we may hear the whispers of the Gods.” ~Ralph Waldo...
February 21, 2014
I don’t go to church. So why did I sneak into a Thursday afternoon service?
I’m not a regular church-goer, more of a Christmas and every-third-Easter kind of guy. I...
October 19, 2013
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...
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