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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

Divine Consciousness: What "Being Saved" Is Really About

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 11:54 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

(13) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:48 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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Honesty Please Regarding Obama's Presidency

(516) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 11:01 AM

I know many people just assume that I am a lost liberal and, while my personal theology might be so described, you might be surprised to know I actually voted for Bush. I'm not at all proud to admit that today, which explains why I voted for Obama twice. But...

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Better Life? 3 Ways to Live a Better Life in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 4:29 AM

Want to live a better life in the new year?

I can think of many things our world needs. I can think of few things the world needs more, however, than this: better people living better lives in a world gone very wrong.

"What is a better life?" you ask.

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Jesus: The Original "New Age" Thinker

(6) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:17 PM

"You are a 'New Age' Christian!"

What does this mean? And, why do some religious people feel it necessary to label everyone else?

My critics sometimes say to me, "You've just become too 'New Age' for me." Or, "You're just another 'New Ager."

What is meant by this criticism?


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The Problem With Faith

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:21 PM


This article first appeared in

The Problem with Faith

I wish it were easier. It is not, however.

In many ways, my spiritual walk was easier when it was not so complicated by faith. When I could reduce...

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"NONES!" are Now "DONES" Is the Church Dying?

(11) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Given the widespread departure from the Church in all its varied expressions, it is a legitimate question. Add to this the reality that the Millennial generation has not only left the Church but does not seem to be returning and you have a recipe for disaster.

In the last few...

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What Do You Do When a Pet Dies?

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 2:09 PM

When a pet dies, what do you do?

This post first appeared on my blog.

Then, later on my personal blog.

What to Do When a Pet Dies


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The Art of Growing Old: How Does Anyone Master It?

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 10:43 AM

This post first appeared on Dr. Steve McSwain's website.

The recent public storm over actress Renee Zellweger's changing facial look is raising the age-old question about growing old: How does anybody do it?

You don't. Growing old does you.

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Why Nobody Wants to Be Around Christians Anymore

(10) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Last year, Thom and Joani Schultz released the book with a title that, ironically, was the title of an blog I had written about the same time, entitled, "Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore."Both their book and the blog I wrote went off the charts in...

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Sam Harris, Waking Up, and What I've Learned about Spirituality

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Sam Harris' new book is entitled...

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion. That's the title to Sam Harris' new book.

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Ebola Doctor's Prayer: "God Saved My Life!" Really?

(340) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 9:53 AM

"God saved my life!" declared Dr. Kent Brantley, the Ebola doctor whose life was given back to him after taking the experimental drug Zmapp.

Really? God saved your life? Would that be the same God who recently enabled Rory McIlory to...

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How to Break Free from Organized Religion

(55) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:44 AM


Freedom OF Religion?
Absolutely.  Part of what it means to live in a Democracy is the First Amendment right that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.

Freedom FOR Religion?
That, too, is part of what it means...

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Suicide... An Unpardonable Sin?

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:02 PM


Saint Augustine believed this in the fifth century and, as a consequence, this became the Church's position regarding suicide for centuries. But Saint Augustine was wrong about this, just as he has been wrong about many other things, including "original sin."

For most of my life, I have let...

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Cheek Turning: Completely Impractical Words Jesus Spoke

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:01 PM

(Credit:, used with permission)

Turning: "If someone strikes you," counseled Jesus, "turn the other cheek!" Completely impractical words, wouldn't you agree?

Who does this? You get sucker-punched on one side of the face and you're supposed to submissively turn the other...

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Getting Along With People Who Don't Get Along

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:10 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 | 4:09 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 | 3:23 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 | 12:05 PM

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 | 11:05 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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