Why Trump Defied the Polls

This is not a political blog, and I am not an expert in politics. That’s why I didn’t post the following when I wrote it five days ago. Now that it actually seems to be happening, I’m posting in case it can give any insight into how the polls could have gotten things so wrong. [Read More…]

What’s Wrong with a Tree of Knowledge?

Swedenborgians celebrate the compatibility of science and faith, of reason and religion. But there’s a serpent in the garden. What does it mean to hold a rational faith but to reject the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? [Read more…]

Learning from Children

How do little children learn in heaven? The answer might open our eyes to an innate but sometimes hidden spirituality in our own kids. [Read more…]

Shock and Blessings

My wife is amazing. In the face of her cancer diagnosis a week and a half ago (could it possibly just have been a week and a half ago?), she has embraced life, and walked with courage and faith. And she’s also cried and felt exhausted and been real and open and honest. Look at [Read More…]

Hard News

I don’t know if there are many people who follow this blog who wouldn’t have heard through other channels, but in case there are: my wife Anne and I got the awful news last week that Anne has cancer. In particular, she has neuroendocrine tumours (NET), also known as carcinoids; we’re still in the process [Read More…]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? His Own Answer

Why did Jesus have to die? He gave a clear answer, but it’s one that raises questions of its own. [Read more…]

Two Snarky Comics and a Sermonette on Science

Science is awesome. But even people who should know better have a tendency to conflate the methods of science with current findings of science, and as a result they place far more faith than is warranted in today’s scientific theories. [Read more…]

Cut from the Sermon: What Jesus Said About His Coming

This past Sunday, I preached on the Second Coming of the Lord – asking “what is the Second Coming, and what does it mean to me?” Give it a listen. This sermon was a tough one – the first draft was double the length it needed to be, so there was a fair amount of painful [Read More…]

Cut from the Sermon: Feeling Guilty about Being Serene

On Sunday I preached about life going on after death – both for the person who has died, and for the people left behind (click here for sermon audio). In the first draft of my sermon I considered building on comments about a passage from 2 Samuel that our head pastor Malcolm had made in his sermon last [Read More…]

Idolatry: Staring at Your Own Finger

A month or so ago I was trying to put Samuel (one and a half) to bed and he was being a complete goofball: swaying from side to side, dancing in circles, and cycling through all his animal sounds in rapid succession. As I lay there on his bed, my primary thought was, “Ugh – [Read More…]