Sermon: Washing Our Feet

I gave this family talk at the Olivet New Church in Toronto on April 3, 2011. Listen streaming here. Download here. The lesson is from John 13.  Additional recommended readings: Arcana Coelestia 10243, Arcana Coelestia 7442, Arcana Coelestia 3147, and Divine Providence 151. [Read more...]

Sermon: Those Who Are With Us

I preached this sermon on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Olivet New Church in Toronto. THOSE WHO ARE WITH US Readings: 2 Kings 6:8-23; Mark 9:36-41; Arcana Coelestia 5036 “So [Elisha] answered, “Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16). All of us [Read More...]

Seeing Hell

(Edit: I should warn you this post contains some profanity) This evening I went to Wendy’s to grab a quick dinner before going to see Beastly with the high schoolers group.  I took my tray to a table and sat down, and after a few seconds a heard a voice from the next table over [Read More...]

Swedenblogian!

Swedenblogian is active again!  After a long hiatus, Susan has started posting again, beginning yesterday with a post entitled “I can’t shut up“.  I’m glad she can’t.  Susan has described herself as a Catholic fan of Swedenborg, and I love her outside-the-organized-New-Church perspective on the Writings.  A little more about her, from a post earlier [Read More...]

Swedenborg the Evangelist?

It’s fairly often that I hear people say, “Swedenborg never intended to start a church.”  For the most part, I think I agree with this statement – he never gathered people to himself, and he never actively encouraged priests or lay people to break away from their denominations to form a new one.  Still, I [Read More...]

What Will We Do In Heaven?

C. Michael Patton has a great series over at Parchment and Pen called “Questions I Hope No One Will Ask.” The latest question he addresses is, “What will we be doing in heaven?” Obviously, as a New Church person, this is the FIRST question I hope to be asked. The Writings have answers – entire [Read More...]


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