Cut from the Sermon: Better than Everyone Else

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This week I preached on the final chapter of the Book of Amos. From the first draft to the final draft I cut the sermon in half, so there was plenty to choose from for this week’s “Cut from the Sermon” entry, but I was saddest to cut a passage from Arcana Coelestia that I love [Read More...]

Cut from the Sermon: The Grief of Caring

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’m starting a series called “Cut from the Sermon” (or, per my wife Anne’s suggestion, “Left on the Vestry Floor”), consisting of snippets that I had to cut from my sermons due to length or relevance considerations. Here’s the first one, from the sermon I preached on Sunday [Read More...]

Blogging Again, From a New Hemisphere

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As I suspected it might be, posting has been pretty infrequent over the last few months. There are several reasons for that, but first and foremost: we’ve moved to South Africa! The picture above is the view from one of our bedroom windows. (It makes our place look a little more stereotypically “African” than it actually [Read More...]

The Two Witnesses: A Sermon on Revelation 11

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I delivered my final sermon in the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem this past Sunday. Certainly a bittersweet experience – it was great to give one last sermon in that building, and of course sad to say goodbye (we do have one more service, but it will be an outdoor service at a [Read More...]

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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