As We Forgive Our Debtors: A Sermon on Forgiveness

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Here’s the message on forgiveness that I delivered this morning at the Church of the New Jerusalem in Dawson Creek. Sermon audio is available here. Readings are  Ezekiel 33:10-20; Matthew 18:21-35; and the following excerpt from Arcana Coelestia 9014: It is believed by many within the church that the forgiveness of sins is the wiping out [Read More...]

Doing the Truth, Coming to the Light

I have a new post up over at New Church Perspective on how to act in a way that opens us up to belief (as opposed to forcing ourselves to believe in an artificial way). The post was partly inspired by a great conversation a few months ago between Ross Douthat, Rod Dreher, David Sessions, [Read More...]

The Zeal of the King

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I delivered the Palm Sunday message yesterday at the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem; for the sermon, I focused on the Lord’s first act upon entering Jerusalem as recorded in the gospel of Matthew: to enter the temple and cast out all those who bought and sold there. Sermon audio is available at [Read More...]

An Even Better Description of Post-Modernism (from 1768, again)

My last post quoted a long conversation in the afterlife among several “learned” people from the 1700′s, who reached the conclusion, basically, that they would never reach a conclusion on anything. I mentioned the parallel to postmodernism – that the conversation illustrates the kind of silliness that results from never reaching a conclusion on anything. The [Read More...]

A (Literally) Visionary Critique of Postmodernism – from 1768

The idea that we can never come to any firm conclusions on whether or not something is true is a hallmark of our postmodern age. But apparently something of that attitude has existed for a bit longer than just the last few decades. The conversation recorded by Emanuel Swedenborg in this vision of the afterlife [Read More...]

Peace, or a Sword?

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Yesterday we reached the conclusion of our sermon series on the Days of Creation. We focused on the final day, the day of rest, and I talked about the difference between temporary peace and eternal peace, or worldly peace vs. the peace that the Lord offers. Here’s the sermon, in audio and text. Readings are [Read More...]


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