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Steve McSwain
Dr. Steve McSwain is a thought leader in religion and spirituality. Though sympathetic with why 34 million Americans have left organized religion, Steve explains, "I have chosen to remain. In fact, I may sometimes be the Church's biggest critic but, those who know me, know I am also the Church's biggest advocate and defender. I believe in the Church. I'm actively involved in it, too, hoping to make changes from within because, I sincerely believe, when the Christian Church gets Jesus right, and it does so often, it is a most positive force for human, cultural, and social transformation."

In The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God, McSwain reaches out to an ever-growing segment of the American population - "Nones" or, the "religiously unaffiliated," - made up largely of people who once attended church but have left for a variety of reasons. “For many people," says McSwain, "organized religion has become a barrier to God instead of a bridge."

"I write," says McSwain, "to reach these who feel disenfranchised because, while many of them have left the Church, they have not left their faith. It is my hope that my somewhat circuitous spiritual path will help others to maintain, or rediscover, the sacred side of life, whether they've left the church or have chosen to stay."

Although a Christian minister for more than 40 years, Steve is a student of all religions, a bridge-builder between them, an internationally-read author, blogger, and popular speaker on the subjects of human happiness, human consciousness, non-profit and congregational growth and development, lifestyle generosity, and spirituality.

Over the last 40 years, Dr. McSwain has provided wisdom, guidance, and counsel to churches, as well as church and denominational leaders. He has assisted hundreds of churches and parishes representing virtually every communion in America in rediscovering what it means to be the Church in the 21st century. He has guided many of them through a spiritual process of mission and vision discernment, leadership development and training, as well as annual and capital fundraising campaigns to fund their dreams of faith. He has successfully helped these churches and parishes raise more than a half billion dollars for worthy causes world wide.

Dr. McSwain is also the author of The Giving Myths: Giving Then Getting the Life You've Always Wanted (2007).

For more information, please visit or his company, Foundation for Excellence in Giving, Inc., at

Entries by Steve McSwain

Christian by Nature and Nurture

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 5:21 PM

A Christian-Nature-Nurture

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I am a Christian by nature and nurture.

First, by nature. That is to say, I was born into a Christian family. I did not choose this family. I could have been born into a Jewish family in Manhattan...

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Make America Great Again... Memorial Day Reflections Mr. Trump

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 2:15 PM

Make America Great Again!

Make America Great Again!

I hear it every time I turn on the news: Trump is promising to "Make America Great Again!"

I wish Donald Trump would clarify what he means by this.
I wish Americans,...

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Judge Not...When the Judges Become the Judged

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 7:14 PM

Judge Not..." said Jesus.
Therein lies our problem.
You judge in another what you deny may also be in you.

Judge Not

Your inner state of consciousness manifests itself outwardly.Judge Not

Judge Not!

Of course, like anything else, this...

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Life is a Puzzle, Isn't It?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 8:36 AM


Pam, my spouse, loves puzzles. This is one of her latest. I'm pretty sure she got this one to put together alongside Charlie and Mason, two of our grandchildren. As you can see, it is assembled enough now to tell it's a picture...

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Nurturing Spiritual Growth in the New Year

(4) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 3:12 PM

Nurturing Spiritual Growth in the New Year

Nurturing spiritual growth in the New Year.

Seems important enough.

But how? Good question to ask, whatever your spiritual tradition may be, but especially at the dawn of the New Year.

I pursue spirituality from...

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Is the Church Dying?

(13) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:02 AM

Very often, I get emails from strangers who have read one of the many things I've written over the years for the Huffington Post on the fate of the Church in America.

I got another email again yesterday. This time, the inquirer, himself a writer himself for a major religious...

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Religions: How to Love Them All and Be IN LOVE with Yours

(7) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:44 PM

I'll be attending and presenting at the upcoming Parliament of World Religions meeting this year in Salt Lake City, October 15 - 18, 2015.

The Parliament of Religions - Salt Lake City
The Parliament of Religions - Salt Lake City...
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Why I Do Not Believe in Hell

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 10:53 AM


There are many reasons why the storyline about hell does not work for me. Not anymore, anyway. There was a time I tried to believe in it, afraid I might just end up there if I did not. Compliments of my...

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FOX Morning Show Needs to Go... Forever! Pastor's Packing Guns?

(7) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 5:37 PM

I would never have guessed I'd be doing this: posting a reaction to Fox's Morning Show Hosts.

But, frankly, I can't help it.

Really? This is what it comes down to now? Pastors arming themselves with handguns in churches across this land?

Oh, for God's sake.

I seem to be having many "Oh, for God's sakes" reactions these days.

I've heard stupid things in my life. This ranks right up there among some of the stupid...est things I've EVER heard.

Two things here...

1. First of all, we do not know the facts yet about why this delusional, misguided young man decided to take up a firearm, enter the church, sit for some time, and then begin firing a weapon, killing innocent souls.

So, shouldn't we hesitate to jump to conclusions, as these morning show hosts do here?

They call it an "attack on faith." Is it? I don't know. I'm pretty sure nobody knows.

My own guess is, it is not. But I do not know this, maybe it is. This network seems convinced, however, as it has reported on other stories in a similar fashion, creating this myth that there is a widespread attack on faith in this country.

Really? I think not.

There is a widespread departure from faith. Scores who are leaving the Church and so it is true the Church and church leaders might feel as if they are under attack.

But a "real" attack?

I don't think so.

Christians persecuted in America? Give me a break.

I do not deny there are Christians in some places on the planet who suffer from real attacks and some are even killed, as we have seen ISIS engaging in real attacks and reported in the news over the last couple of years.

But an attack on faith in America? I think not.

Admittedly, we might learn this young man did in fact hate Christians or the Christian faith and, as a consequence, plotted to take the lives of as many as he could. I do not deny this possibility. My guess is, however, this will turn out to be race related. Now, that IS a problem in this country still, even after all these years.

But, in either instance, we do not know. My advice to these misguided television hosts, and to all of us, is that we reserve judgment until we know the facts.

2. Which leads me to my second concern. Pastor's arming themselves? Clearly, these unwise souls hosting this morning show think ministers ought to pack power to protect their flock.

Really? I don't think so.

If you do not yet know why I so seldom watch Fox News -- not that it really matters to anybody -- but this is clearly the reason why. I'm not too thrilled in fact with anything "journalistic" in the U.S. any longer and journalism was one of my principal studies in college.

I can remember feeling admiration for news reporters, as well as morning show hosts on major networks, not because they were perfect, but because they were mostly responsible. They attempted to display some measure of intelligence... even if they were not... they exercised caution at jumping to conclusions when stories broke across the world... and, generally speaking, they were persons of class, dignity, respect, and admiration.

I cannot say that about any of these broadcasters. They display no level of intelligence at all. Furthermore, they are completely irresponsible, misguided, and clearly unwise broadcasters. I don't care if they are "just morning show hosts" auditioning for ratings. They present themselves as spokespersons and intelligent-thinking people...

And, clearly, they're neither.

They certainly have no class... no wisdom... and no sense.

And, no, ministers don't need to pack. Ministers would do better to...

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Mystery of All Mysteries

(11) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:45 PM


Here is the mystery of all mysteries.

The Christian mystic of the 13th century, Meister Eckhart, expressed this mystery like this.

"I pray God to rid me of God."

Want to know God?

That's the mystery. To know God, I suspect you must...

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Pew Report: The Future of World Religions and the Future of the World

(7) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 3:38 PM


"The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing..." according to the recently released Pew Research Center report on world religions.

I sometimes think there is so much information coming at us these days, we miss many important things. I can...

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'Your God Is Dead!' Just a Little Pre-Easter Thought...

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 1:52 PM



That's what the bumpersticker declared on the back of the 1970's VW van covered with colorful paint. I'm not sure which was holding the hippie van together, the duck tape or the bumper stickers. Maybe they both were.


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Millennials Leaving Church: But What Explains Their Departure?

(96) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Millennials Leaving Church, But Why?

Millennials leaving Church is a reality no one can deny. Not any longer, anyway. The real truth is, however, the exodus is not limited to Millennials.

But why would anyone leave? What explains the widespread departure?

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The Christ Experience: What Must Die This Easter for the Church to Live

(6) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:52 PM


"Separate the Christ experience from the Christ-explanations," suggests Bishop John Shelby Spong.

In other words, you and I may experience Christ but we could never explain Christ. When you try to explain what God has done in and through...

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21st Century Church: New Absolutes the Church Must Embrace or Die (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 2:54 PM


21st Century Church...

The popular group Hozier has a hit song "Take Me to Church." Lest you think, however, the title reflects the current youth culture's longing to return to the Church they have...

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All that Really Matters in Any Religion

(13) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 5:11 PM


"In essentials non-essentials all things charity."

I have heard this phrase for the greater part of my religious life. In fact, I am pretty sure I have used the phrase myself. It is a much more helpful position to...

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Living With Fear: How I'm Learning to Manage Mine

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 11:47 AM

I think I have always lived slightly afraid of something.

• I am not afraid of being attacked like a soldier must feel on a battlefield.
• I am not afraid of falling off a cliff, although I would be if I did not avoid heights.
• I...

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Who Is God?

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 7:39 AM

"Who is God?" I am often asked.

At the mere mention of "God" my next and almost immediate thought is of an old, benevolent, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-encompassing granddaddy-type located somewhere in the sky. This is the image that comes to my mind.

Or, used to come to my mind.


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Divine Consciousness: What "Being Saved" Is Really About

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Divine Consciousness: What Salvation is Really About

What does "being saved" really mean?

I am sometimes asked, "You frequently use the words 'conscious' or 'Divine consciousness' or 'higher states of consciousness' and, sometimes, 'awake' or 'awakening'. What do you mean by these words?"

What I mean by "Divine consciousness," or...

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LGBT Community: Evangelical Scholar Calls for Full Acceptance in the Church

(14) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 7:48 PM

2015-01-15-Unknown.jpegGiven the title to Gushee's newest book, Changing Our Mind: A Call from America's Leading Evangelical Ethics Scholar for Full Acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church, you might think that the distinguished and conservative Christian...

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