Sermon: The Plank and the Splinter

This is a sermon I gave June 27, 2009, at the Olivet New Church in Toronto. The Plank and the Splinter A Sermon by Rev. Coleman S. Glenn [Read more...]

Are My Colors Your Colors?

Is my red your red, or do you see red as what I call “blue”?  It’s a question that most of us have probably found ourselves wondering about, because we have no way of actually sharing with another person how we perceive a color.  But in a post on his blog at Psychology Today, Mark [Read More...]

Helping Others is Good for You

The website inCharacter.org has an interview with Dr. Stephen G. Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, and president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love. (Call me a cynic, but the name “Institute for Research on [Read More...]

Sermon: David Spares Saul

This was a family talk (i.e. kids and adults together) that I delivered at the Olivet New Church in Toronto on Sunday, June 6.  The actual talk was only in outline form, so this is just a rough write-up of what I remember saying. David Spares Saul A Sermon by Rev. Coleman S. Glenn This [Read More...]

The Upside of Irrationality

An interesting article from the Boston Globe today about a new book by behavioural economist Dan Ariely called The Upside of Irrationality. Excerpt from the article: On another work-related theme, Ariely shows that people overvalue things they help make themselves. In one experiment, Ariely asks subjects to make an origami animal and then say how [Read More...]

The Law of Retaliation

I’m preparing for a sermon on Sunday on the story of David sparing Saul’s life even though Saul had been trying to kill him (1 Samuel 24).  In the course of my research, I came across a passage from Arcana Coelestia on “the law of retaliation”: The hells, or the evil who are there, are [Read More...]

The Last LOST (Contains Spoilers!)

So much has been written about the LOST finale that it seems almost pointless to add my voice to the din, but it has been my favourite show (i.e. the only show I’ve regularly watched) for the last three years, and I have a lot of thoughts about it.  Plus, it had all sorts of [Read More...]

Dan

It’s been a rough weekend.  On Friday, my friend Daniel Van Note killed himself.  It has me thinking a lot of thoughts about life and death that I want to share, and eventually I will, but this post is about Dan. I didn’t know Dan as well as his close friends or family, but I [Read More...]

Experiencing God

Just read a great article by Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit Priest, over at Huffington Post about experiencing God in moments of exaltation and clarity.  These are the two kinds of experiences that have been strongest in leading me to belief in the the Lord.  I particularly like the quote from W.H. Auden: One fine [Read More...]

Changes Since Swedenborg: Dispensationalism

Last year I spent a fair amount of time answering emails sent to the outreach department at newchurch.org, and out of necessity I learned about current Christian beliefs in America – and in the process discovered dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is HUGE in American Christianity (although less so internationally, as far as I know) – and it [Read More...]


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