Book Review: In the Presence of Angels

In the Presence of Angels

This blog post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of In the Presence of Angels: Reflections on Mattie Pearl and Emanuel Swedenborg by Andrea R. Garrison In the Presence of Angels is a short, simple meditation by Andrea R. Garrison on the passing of her mother, Mattie Pearl. Garrison recounts her own spiritual [Read More...]

God Means It For Good

Little Way of Ruthie Leming

In the sermon I preached this past Sunday (available here), I mentioned a book, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher. As I mentioned, the events described in that book – as well as the effects the book has had on those who have read it – provide a beautiful (though at times heartbreaking) [Read More...]

The Most Important Website You Will Ever Visit

Begin a New Life

OK, the blog title may be a bit of an overstatement. Or maybe not. For the past eight years, Rev. Mark Pendleton has been developing a spiritual-growth program called “Begin a New Life,” based on Swedenborgian, Biblical teachings about the path of repentance. It’s finally ready for public release, and you can find it here: [Read More...]

Is the New Church a Cult?

I’m not a huge fan of using the word “cult” to describe religions one considers heretical, for reasons similar to those outlined by Roger E. Olson. I’m even less of a fan of people calling the New Church a cult. I’ve talked to a number of people in my congregation who have been deeply hurt [Read More...]

Sermon: Act Precedes, Willing Follows

My sermon from this morning – a summary of the story of Jacob and Esau from their birth to their reunion after Jacob’s decades away – is now available at newchurchaudio.org, here. And I figured out how to post the children’s talk and lessons as separate audio files! It’s the little things. [Read more...]

Sermon: Jacob’s Fear

Audio for the sermon I preached on Sunday at the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem in Dawson Creek, BC can be found here. The audio there includes readings, but leaves out a key one that was included in the children’s talk; it is Genesis 32:24-30: 24And Jacob remained alone, and a man wrestled [Read More...]


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