Sermon: David Spares Saul

This was a family talk (i.e. kids and adults together) that I delivered at the Olivet New Church in Toronto on Sunday, June 6.  The actual talk was only in outline form, so this is just a rough write-up of what I remember saying. David Spares Saul A Sermon by Rev. Coleman S. Glenn This [Read More...]

The Upside of Irrationality

An interesting article from the Boston Globe today about a new book by behavioural economist Dan Ariely called The Upside of Irrationality. Excerpt from the article: On another work-related theme, Ariely shows that people overvalue things they help make themselves. In one experiment, Ariely asks subjects to make an origami animal and then say how [Read More...]

The Law of Retaliation

I’m preparing for a sermon on Sunday on the story of David sparing Saul’s life even though Saul had been trying to kill him (1 Samuel 24).  In the course of my research, I came across a passage from Arcana Coelestia on “the law of retaliation”: The hells, or the evil who are there, are [Read More...]

The Last LOST (Contains Spoilers!)

So much has been written about the LOST finale that it seems almost pointless to add my voice to the din, but it has been my favourite show (i.e. the only show I’ve regularly watched) for the last three years, and I have a lot of thoughts about it.  Plus, it had all sorts of [Read More...]


It’s been a rough weekend.  On Friday, my friend Daniel Van Note killed himself.  It has me thinking a lot of thoughts about life and death that I want to share, and eventually I will, but this post is about Dan. I didn’t know Dan as well as his close friends or family, but I [Read More...]

Experiencing God

Just read a great article by Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit Priest, over at Huffington Post about experiencing God in moments of exaltation and clarity.  These are the two kinds of experiences that have been strongest in leading me to belief in the the Lord.  I particularly like the quote from W.H. Auden: One fine [Read More...]