Sermon on Jacob’s Ladder

This past Sunday, I preached on the story of Jacob’s Ladder.   One thing I’d add to the end, because I think it’s the primary point of John 1:51 (“And He says to him, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, Henceforth you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon [Read More…]

Profanation: The Unforgivable Sin?

In the comments on my previous post, Kendall pointed out that it’s important to be careful with the way we talk about “profanation.”  Without a doubt, I think the teachings on profanation are some of the most frightening in the Writings, and I think it’s important to look at them more closely.  I’m going to [Read More…]

The Lesser Evil

This week I preached on the topic of lesser and greater evils.  I touched on the question of how we know whether we’re choosing the lesser of two evils out of necessity, or if there are really more options.  As I mention in the sermon, I don’t think there’s an easy answer.  And I’m curious [Read More…]

A Sense of Calling

There’s a discussion currently going on over at New Church Perspective on the issue of women in the ministry.   Something that has come up a few times is the question of a “call” – if someone feels a call to serve as a New Church minister, does that mean the General Church ought to [Read More…]

The Fall of Man

There has been a fair amount of discussion lately in the Christian blogosphere of the story of Adam and Eve, discussing a.) whether it is scientifically viable to read the story literally, and b.) whether a literal reading is necessary to maintain orthodox Christian theology on the Fall of Man and Original Sin. (The most [Read More…]

Swedenborg’s Writings: Where Do I Start?

The teachings of the New Church are based on the Old and New Testaments, along with the divinely-inspired theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg (usually referred to as the Writings or the Heavenly Doctrine). Swedenborg was an 18th-century scientist who, at the age of 56, began to have visions of heaven and hell. Shortly afterwards, he [Read More…]