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…]

The World As It Is, or As It Ought to Be?

Anne and I have identified a fundamental difference in the way we look at the world – a difference that ends up being behind a significant percentage of our disagreements and arguments. In simplest terms, the difference is this: I tend to look at the world as it is, and Anne tends to look at the world [Read More…]