I Was a Preteen Wannabe Jedi

How a childhood obsession with Star Wars laid the groundwork for my adult faith. Read more

Unruffled Is Their Spirit

In the last few weeks I’ve had opportunities to give chapel services at the Academy of the New Church and Bryn Athyn College of the New Church. At both schools I spoke on worry about the future (aka “care for the morrow”), and I read one of my favorite passages from Arcana Coelestia. Several people asked me afterward for the reference, so here’s that passage, in case anyone needs to read this today: “Care for the morrow” does not mean the care of procuring… Read more

The Worst Excuse in the World

Four words that have been used to justify untold cruelty. Read more

The Best Things: Worship Music Edition

From traditional hymns to an alt-rock concept album, these are three of the spiritual recordings that move me most. Read more

Does God Harden Hearts?

God is responsible for my hard heart only in the sense that my wife is responsible for my stubborn insistence on clinging to a bad mood. Read more

In Defense of Religious Extremism

You can’t have religious freedom without the freedom to be an extremist. Read more

Faith & Fidelity: Part 5, The Purpose of Faith

What is the purpose of faith? It is the same as God’s purpose for everything in creation: a joining together in love. Read more

Our Books Are Here! (As Are All Our Other Earthly Possessions)

We moved without warning to the other side of the world almost a year ago. Our belongings have finally caught up to us. Read more

Faith & Fidelity: Part 4, Battling Lust and Learning to See

How overcoming a pornography addiction led to a deeper faith. Read more

Faith & Fidelity: Part 3, The Upward Spiral of Faith

We all know that belief can lead to action. But the reverse is true too: how you act has an enormous effect on what you will believe. Read more

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