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Steve McSwain
Dr. Steve McSwain has been called "the voice for the SBNR (Spiritual but Not Religious)." Though sympathetic with why 34 million Americans have left organized religion, Steve explains, "I have chosen to remain. I'm actively seeking to make changes because I sincerely believe, when the Church gets Jesus right, and it does so occasionally, it is a force like nothing else for the transformation of human consciousness."

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 left for a variety of reasons. “For many people," says McSwain, "organized religion has become a barrier to God instead of a bridge to God."

"It is my hope," continues McSwain, "that my somewhat circuitous spiritual path will help others rediscover the sacred side of life, whether they've left the church or they've chosen to remain."

Although a Christian minister for over 20 years, Steve is a student of all religions, a bridge-builder between them, a thought leader, and an internationally-read author, blogger, and popular speaker on the subjects of happiness, human consciousness, non-profit and congregational growth and development, lifestyle generosity, and spirituality.

As a counsel to non-profits, faith-based groups, and congregations, Dr. McSwain and his company, Foundation for Excellence in Giving, Inc., has assisted scores of non-profits, faith-based organizations, and congregations representing virtually every communion in America in vision/mission-casting, board development, leadership development and training, and annual and capital fundraising. He has successfully guided these organizations and congregations in raising 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

Getting Along With People Who Don't Get Along

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:10 PM


Picture Used by Permission -- Bill Butler

At one time or another, we have all had dealings with difficult people.

Do you remember the last time you did?

Do you recall the last time someone intentionally spoke words to malign your character,...

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Why the Widespread Departure from the Church?

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:09 PM

I am frequently asked, "Why the widespread departure from organized religion?"

I have thought long and hard about this and, for those of you who follow my blogs with the Huffington Post and the articles I write for the...

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What's Wrong With Our Prayers? Here's What's Wrong...

(18) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:23 PM

What's wrong with our prayers? Here's what's wrong... what we often call prayer isn't prayer at all.

Let me explain it this way...

I do not pray to be healthy; I pray for wisdom to make healthy choices.

I do not pray for healing; I pray for strength to endure...

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What is the Purpose of My Life?

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Haven't you asked that question at least a million times?

I talk and write much about this, precisely because I think about it almost all the time.

How would you complete this sentence? "The point of my life is _________________."

It's not so easy to do, is it?

Mark Twain...

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Spirituality: How To Nurture It

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:05 AM

2014-05-06-14026164236_0a02937902_b.jpgWHAT IS SPIRITUALITY?

I like the way Rabbi Kaplan defines it. He says spirituality is "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..."

If it is not obvious to you why I like this definition, that's only because this is...

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Interview With Emergent Church Leader Brian McLaren

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 9:53 PM

Emergent Church Leader
Interview with Emergent Church Leader Brian McLaren - Dr. Steve McSwain

Interview with Emergent Church leader Brian McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and, most notably, an Emergent Church Leader.

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Crucifixion: A New Way to Think About Jesus' Death

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Why did Jesus die?

The most honest answer?

Nobody really knows.

Not even the Apostle Paul and he was likely the first to write about these matters (Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 12).

Any theologian, priest, minister or pastor who explains the mystery of the crucifixion as if they actually...

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The Widespread Departure From the Church: I've Had It Backwards!

(40) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:53 PM

I've had it backwards all along. You'll see. Just stay with me.

I have written extensively on the subject of the widespread departure of those whom reporters describe, in an effort to be politically correct, as the "religiously unaffiliated." Of course, everyone knows that what is really...

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Fundamentalist Christians Do Not Take the Bible Literally Either

(15) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.

How so?

In two ways. First, by insisting the Bible is literally true, they have established a level of expectation for its authority that people simply cannot accept.

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Is the Bible Literally True? No, of Course Not!

(107) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Most people could care less whether it is or it isn't. If you're reading this, however, you probably care at least enough to read this.

To me, the Bible is important. It is for me the sacred story of the origins of my faith. In light of this, I could...

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What Is Spirituality? A Lenten Reflection for All Spiritual Traditions

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:01 PM

What is spirituality?

"It is," as Rabbi Kaplan puts it, "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..."

Consider the prayer I was taught, for example, when I was but two or three years old. It seems benign enough, but the question is: "Is it?"


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Pathway to an Authentic, Real-World Faith

(106) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 3:27 PM

"What's the point of human existence?"

"Why did people actually show up on earth?"

"What is the point of your life?"

These are big questions and they are not easily answered. Anyone who answers them quickly is only admitting they have not explored them deeply.

I was told as a...

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4 Myths about Prayer: Pathway to More Meaningful Praying

(7) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 7:50 AM

Recently, I pulled up to my local bank drive-though, opened the "pneumatic tube carrier," as it is known, placed inside the container my bank transaction, and pressed the "send" button.

The little elevator doors closed and I watched as the container began ascending the tube. First, slowly, and then it...

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How to Find God: The Five Ways

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 12:29 PM

"God cannot be found in a book of religion," said the spiritual teacher and mind/body doctor, Deepak Chopra.

That's probably not saying it strong enough. God cannot be found at all.

If, however, you think of God as "up there, somewhere," and you as "down here...

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Creationism Versus Evolutionism: When Will This Debate Ever End?

(258) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:53 AM

We could not be luckier here in Kentucky. We are that state that promotes religious quackery. Oh, in case you don't know or are thinking of traveling south to warmer climates, on your way through Kentucky stop and see the Creation Museum. It is our pyramid to primitive...

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The Power of "I Am"

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 2:11 PM

In The Book of Awakening, the poet Mark Nepo writes: "In seeking what is essential, we become essential."I_AM

This is true.

Seek a sacred life, you become spiritual.
Seek to live by faith, you become faithful.
Seek compassion, you become compassionate.
Seek kindness, you are kinder.

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The Only 2014 Resolution You'll Need... the One That Changes Everything

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 6:57 AM


William "Bill" Butler and Dr. Steve McSwain

This is the season for New Year's resolutions. Actually, however, there is only one resolution you could ever possibly need. Not surprisingly, it is also the one resolution that, when practiced...

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Want to Be Free? Truly Free? Here's How

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:23 AM

The Buddha used the word "anata" to refer to "no self." What did he mean? The same thing Jesus meant when he said, "Deny thyself" (Matt. 16:24).

Then, what did these two spiritual teachers mean?

Detachment. Or, to put it another way, "Letting go."

"But letting go of what?" you...

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Why Is Your Religion Powerless to Change You? To Change the World?

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Why is your religion and/or religious belief powerless to change you?

Powerless to change the world?

This might explain it...

In Voice of Reason, a book shared with me by my Facebook friend, Bill Butler, author Bryant McGill writes:

Take any concept you believe...

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Give Thanks in All Things! All Things? You're Kidding, Right?

(8) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:42 PM

Saint Paul said, "In everything, give thanks" (1 Thess. 5:17).

Yea right? Who does that? Give thanks for everything? Really? You've got to be kidding, Paul. Not one of your more inspiring moments, if you ask me.

For pleasures? Well, of course! For friends and family and good times! Yes....

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