• Have coffee with Jim / Skype chat Sunday morning

    This Sunday, November 8, from 11am to 12:30pm CST, I am hosting a Coffee with Jim Skype chat. Those registered for the call will be able to send me in advance topics they would like me to address in the conversation. Bring your coffee and your curiosity, your thoughts and questions, your sense of humor, and… Continue Reading

  • Whatever satisfies the soul is truth

    Walt Whitman wrote, “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” The religious mindset cannot accept this, and pits satisfaction and holiness against each other. We are taught self-denial where pleasure is viewed as a temptation, distraction or trap. But Whitman is right. The soul is satisfied by true peace, liberation, joy, belonging, oneness, beauty and love.… Continue Reading

  • Shedding religion… five books later

    After walking away from organized religion and professional ministry, I began chronicling my spiritual journey in 2006. The first book was Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the unlikely people who help you). This book is especially useful for the person who is seeing in spades that the “Christian” mentalities and views they’ve… Continue Reading

  • Integrity = Authenticity

    Consider a new way of thinking about “integrity.” What I mean by “integrity” is not about good or bad, or right or wrong, or what you should or should not do. The integrity I am referring to is about being in tune and aligned with your authentic and highest self. This kind of integrity begins… Continue Reading

  • How to create a life beyond religion

    16 instructive questions for creating a life beyond religion What makes you come alive? What satisfies you most deeply? What fills you up? What brings you joy? What centers you? What is a source of delight and pleasure for you? What areas, fields, or subjects are you interested in exploring? What makes you feel connected… Continue Reading

  • The Shedding Religion Quandary: How to Move Forward

    I’ve noticed a pattern. I connect with a lot of people who have shed religion and left it behind. It seems what happens is that a person discontinues their outward religious expressions – going to church, religious duties, activities and disciplines, etc, and they divest themselves of many of their former beliefs about God and… Continue Reading

  • Would Jesus have committed electronic civil disobedience?

    Would Jesus have committed electronic civil disobedience? That’s the question that came to my mind today as I was digging around in information activism. An information activist or info-activist is someone who believes information should be accessible to the public. Institutions, governments and private companies use the lack of transparency as a defense to conceal… Continue Reading