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Dani Mathers, Body-Shaming, and How to Develop Beauty

Dani Mathers, the 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year, is in trouble. She is facing possible jail time. In July, 2016, she accidentally posted publicly on Snapchat a selfie in which she feigns shock next to a surreptitiously taken photo

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How Imagination and Fantasy Help our Spiritual Growth

This post is an edited version of part of a reply I wrote to a comment by a reader named Boluwade Kujero on the article, “Is Masturbation Always Sinful? Does it Always Come from Lust?” My full comment responds to

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Ezekiel 18: God’s Message of Hope . . . If You Think there’s No Hope for You

I want to talk to you about one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible: Ezekiel 18. If you think you’re a goner, destined for the eternal flames of hell, this is the chapter for you. Ezekiel 18 delivers

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Posted in Spiritual Growth, The Bible Re-Viewed

What is the Unpardonable Sin? Am I Doomed?

Here is a Spiritual Conundrum submitted to Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life by a reader named Joe M: Hi Lee I’ve been a sinner all my life. I even married a woman 9 years ago and I was unfaithful to

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Why Is Life So Hard? Why are there So Many Struggles?

Inner struggles are a part of our process of spiritual rebirth. There are many words used to describe these spiritual struggles: Temptation. The dark night of the soul. Spiritual anguish. Depression. The book of Revelation calls these dark and troublesome

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Posted in Pain and Suffering, Spiritual Growth

What is the Relationship between Head and Heart in Swedenborg’s Theology?

(Note: This article is an edited and expanded version of part of an answer I wrote and posted on Christianity StackExchange. You can see the original question on StackExchange here, and the StackExchange version of my answer here.) According to the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772),

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Are We Saved in an Instant? How was the Thief on the Cross Saved?

The previous article, “How Can a Criminal Get to Heaven?” brought on a whirlwhind of comments about the Protestant belief in salvation by faith alone vs. the belief of the rest of Christianity in salvation by faith together with works.

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How Can a Criminal Get to Heaven?

On November 19, 2015, Jeremy Wilson was released from federal prison after serving six years for impersonating an Army officer, forging a judge’s signature, and stealing a car. By that time he had racked up convictions for fraud and forgery

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What does it Mean to be Baptized with Water, the Holy Spirit, and Fire?

(Note: This post is an edited version of an answer I wrote and posted on Christianity StackExchange. You can see the original question on StackExchange here, and the StackExchange version of my answer here.) In Luke 3:16-17, John the Baptist says:

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Spirit: The Final Frontier

It’s about time I ’fessed up: I am a big fan of science fiction in general, and of Star Trek in particular. Whenever I watch an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” I thrill to the grand voice of

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Posted in Popular Culture, Spiritual Growth
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