About this website

Welcome to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life!

Here, my wife Annette and I will offer you spiritual insights on the world around us—and the world within us.

Check in once or twice a week for new posts and articles offering:

  • Satisfying answers to big (and small) life questions
  • Spiritual viewpoints on current events
  • A deeper look at popular culture
  • How-to articles on practical spiritual living
  • A Christian perspective that will engage your heart and your brain

For inspiration Annette and I turn especially to:

  1. The Bible, as seen from an intelligent, spiritual perspective
  2. The writings of scientist, philosopher, and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg  (1688–1772)
  3. Our lifetime of experience in this amazing world!

Have a burning question? Feel free to ask it here. If we think we have something to say about it, we’ll respond in a future post.

You are also welcome to put your thoughts and questions into a comment on any of our posts. For guidelines, please see our comments policy.

Thank you, and enjoy!


P.S. Although this website is not monetized via advertising, it does generate a small amount of income from Amazon commissions on books purchased through the site.

33 comments on “About this website
  1. Andrew Mclain says:

    from Andy Mclain MOST INSPIRING

  2. Dana says:

    All this is bit ordinary.
    I thought Swedenboprg was about opening heaven …how do you do what he did etc

    • Lee says:

      Hi Dana,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment.

      I’m pleased that you find this all a bit ordinary! That’s what this website is all about: spiritual insights on ordinary, everyday life for ordinary people who are just struggling along and looking for help and inspiration on life’s path.

      Yes, Swedenborg did open heaven. His book Heaven and Hell, which provides a guided tour of the afterlife, has always been his most popular.

      However, I don’t aspire to doing what he did. To me, the real message of Swedenborg is not how to encounter spirits and angels while still living on earth (as amazing as it is when God sees fit to give us that experience), but how to live our lives here on earth from a spiritual perspective, with an eye toward becoming angels ourselves.

      Becoming angels is all about learning to love God and love our fellow human beings in practical ways every day. That’s what our focus is here on “Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life.”

      Thanks again for your thoughtful comment.

  3. Andrew Mclain says:

    Hi from Andy! I like what you are doing Keep it up. thank you!

  4. Thans for liking my post. 😀

  5. Looking forward to following your inspirational blog. My family and I are on the journey to love and serve God through Jesus Christ. My husband and I were raised Catholic therefore we do not have a lot of experience with the Bible I am wondering if you have any suggestions to help us with a reading plan. Where to start, I have read the up to Numbers in the Old Testament and in the New Testament Mark. My husband just started how can we light his yearning for God’s word. Any suggestions, my gratitude is yours Allie.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Simple Northern Life,

      Nice to have you with us! I hope you’ll find some material here that will help you in your spiritual life.

      In the Bible itself, the Gospels are always a good place to start. The stories of Genesis and Exodus are also good reading.

      However, you’ll want and need some guidance on what it’s all about. The Bible by itself can be confusing and hard to understand without some help along the way.

      Of course, there are many, many places to turn for help. You’ll have to search out and find the ones that work best for you.

      Here are a few of the helps I can offer:

      • The posts here in the category “The Bible Re-Viewed” cover many Bible stories and topics.
      • My book On Earth as it is In Heaven offers readable and life-based reflections on the Parables of the Kingdom in the Gospel of Matthew.
      • The six volume set of Bible Study Notes, by Anita S. Dole, provides a practical, readable, and spiritual understanding of many stories throughout the Bible.

      If you have any questions about specific Bible passages, or general questions about how to understand the Bible, feel free to submit a Spiritual Conundrum here at Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life. I’ll do my best to respond in a helpful way.

      Godspeed on your spiritual journeys!

  6. havau22 says:

    Hi lee i noticed that one of my posts,called my site,and also one of yours is missing called true christian religion from wordpress reader,under emanuel swedenborg,i was wondering if you were aware of this,and what could be the reason they no longer appear there.

  7. Ebby says:

    Thank you for this site Lee!

  8. I find it intriguing that you are inspired by Emanuel Swedenborg. Have you ever visited the Wayfayers Chapel designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright? It is a memorial to Swedenborg and is incredibly stunning. Forgive me for quoting the Wayfarers Chapel summary of Swedenborg’s beliefs, but I do agree with them, so here goes:

    Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772):
    • viewed God as infinitely loving and at the very center of our being,
    • viewed human life as a continuous re-birthing as we participate in our own creation,
    • viewed the Bible as a story of inner-life stages as we learn and grow,
    • and had conviction that life continues following the transition we call death to eternity of growing fulfillment.

    He said; “All religion relates to life, and the life of religion is to do good”

    I couldn’t agree more.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Kitt,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing your thoughts. Yes, I’ve visited Wayfarers Chapel a number of times, and even gave a talk there one evening some years ago. It is a beautiful and inspiring place, bringing together God, humanity, and nature.

  9. Mikey says:

    really dig your theology man. I will post when I have more time. Thanks.

  10. The Rev. Adam Seward says:

    Hi, Lee. I’m glad you have stuck with teaching Swedenborg’s works in plain speech. Though we’ve seen a great inclination toward that in recent years, I feel that, like your uncle George, you have a particular gift for it. I’ve also wondered how the years have treated you and your family.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Adam,

      Good to hear from you again, old friend! And thanks for your kind words. Many changes since you and I last saw each other. But things are moving forward for all of us.

  11. Kristen says:

    Hi Lee and Annette,

    I just stumbled across your website during a Google search on one of my many burning questions on God and our earthly purpose.

    I just want to say thank you so much for sharing Gods love and joy to us all through your fabulously articulated and explained posts.

    I have been a huge fan of reading about people’s NDEs and the lessons that they provide to us all and I thank you for emulating many of those wonderful insights through your websites.

    Your in-depth understanding and perspectives on the Bible have been invaluable to me in gaining a fresh understanding of the message of love the Bible has to offer.

    Love and peace to you and your family.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Kristen,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad the articles here are helping you so much! That is why we write them, and it gives us joy when we know we’ve touched someone with a little extra measure of God’s love and wisdom.

      Blessings on your spiritual journey!

  12. BirdWatch says:

    Dear Lee, Thanks so much on your continued work and effort with this blog. I find myself jumping all over because it is so easy to find information that way. Somehow I end up jumping from science, to fundamentalism, to the stance against faith alone all in a few clicks. As always your in depth knowledge of the Bible that isn’t presented overly complexly is a great reference to look to on these topics. Lots of great reading, and thanks again.

    • Lee says:

      Hi BirdWatch,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words. I’m glad you’re finding plenty of good and helpful reading here!

  13. rosebudx0 says:

    Hello Lee! I just want to say thank you and Praise the Lord for this website and all the information it holds. What I love about the Bible is that it has these hidden gems inside. The message it’s trying to convey may not appear right away and may take more to figure it out. With what you’ve discussed in your articles, it helps me to understand it even more. I even had an experience while reading the book of Psalms. (or Proverbs, can’t remember.) I always pray before reading so that I may be guided and be able to understand it. One of the verses I always used to misunderstand and take literally just flashed before me and I understood what it really meant!

    I’m so excited and looking forward to growing even more in my spiritual walk with the Lord! ^_^

    • Lee says:

      Hi rosebudx0,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I am glad that the articles here are opening your mind and spirit to see more of the depth in God’s word. It is truly an inexhaustible spiritual treasury. The deeper we look, the more we find there.

  14. havau22 says:

    Hi lee thanks for dropping by my site
    i remember some of your sermons at swedenborg.com
    they were really good
    take care God bless
    one of my old time favorite was
    chauncey giles very articulate
    i still go to him and post his stuff
    concerning swedenborg major player in his time
    and still is to me

    • Lee says:

      Hi havau22,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words, which I do appreciate. And yes, Chauncy Giles was one of the greats!

  15. Geoff Cutler says:

    Hi Lee,

    I can surely emphasise with the tedium of arguing against reincarnation. I have a book in print called “Is Reincarnation an Illusion?” which sets me up for the same stuff you get. I am glad my web site does not get too many of these sort of “arguments” because as you have found, its a very tenacious belief.

    Funny enough the main source of memories is exactly as you have posted – from spirit. But I have also tackled the main “proof” they like to claim – Ian Stevenson and his studies of child memories – and found the one flaw in his book that destroys any such argument that the memory belongs to the child. Those who really study his work will know he was never convinced, merely a good researcher studying a subject that intrigued him.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Geoff,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment.

      Yes, for those who hold to it, reincarnation is a tenacious belief. It isn’t a fruitful use of time to argue with them about it. And as long as it’s not used as an excuse to slack off on doing the hard work of spiritual growth, it’s not one of the most damaging false beliefs that people commonly hold to. For most people who aren’t simply taught it as part of the religion of their culture, it is a way to deal with the issue of injustice in this world, and it can also provide an incentive to continue working and growing spiritually in order to escape the wheel of reincarnation. God is able to use even false beliefs to move people forward on their spiritual path.

      I wrote my article on reincarnation here, not to change the minds of people who firmly believe in reincarnation, but to answer the questions of people who sincerely want a better way to understand the usual “proofs” of reincarnation, and an answer to the question of why reincarnation is not a convincing or workable belief from a Christian perspective.

  16. Luna says:

    Since you cannot make a blog post for every spiritual conundrum that is asked, is there any other way we can comment about it if there isn’t an article that really suits our spiritual conundrum?

    • Lee says:

      Hi Luna,

      Try putting various related words into the search box to see if there’s any article here that is in the same general area as what you want to ask about. Comments don’t have to be exactly on-topic for the post.

  17. Luna says:

    Does this website have a privacy policy about what data it collects from you?

    • Lee says:

      Hi Luna,

      This is a WordPress.com hosted site. To my knowledge, WordPress doesn’t collect or use personal data, except that if you follow a WordPress blog and sign up to receive emails, it will store your email address in a database so that it can provide you with that service. Which, of course, you can turn off at any time. Even I can’t edit your settings for following this blog.

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