Changes Since Swedenborg: The Rise of Arminianism

Has Christianity substantially changed since the Writings were published in the 18th century?  Are Swedenborg’s condemnation of Christian doctrine still accurate?  It’s a question that I’ve wondered about at least since college, when I wrote my senior paper on the topic.  My conclusion in that paper was that by and large, the official doctrines of [Read More...]

Can Men and Women Be “Just Friends”?

Jennica Nobre has a thought-provoking new essay over at New Church Perspective entitled “There is No Such Thing as ‘Just Friends’”.  In it she proposes that there are three kinds of male/female relationships: Friendly Acquaintances: in which a man and woman see each other every so often due to circumstance, work, school, or other gatherings, [Read More...]

Sacramone Responds – More on Predestination

Earlier this week I posted a link to a blog post by Anthony Sacramone condemning the idea of double predestination (i.e. that some people are born for heaven, others for hell).  As you might expect, his post set off a firestorm of angry comments in response.  Today Sacramone posted a response to some of the [Read More...]

God Alone Acts

“God alone acts; man permits himself to be acted upon, and cooperates to all appearance as if of himself, although interiorly from God.” (True Christian Religion n. 588) [Read more...]

Swedenborgian Architects

Today as I was adding “Swedenborg” to my Google News page, I stumbled across a Culture24 article from a couple weeks ago about a new exhibition at the Brent Museum in Brent, London (England, not Ontario).  The exhibition focuses on the architecture of Ernest Trobridge, an obscure (i.e., Wikipedia-entryless) Swedenborgian architect who designed several homes in [Read More...]

Does Marriage Make You Healthy?

There’s a fascinating article from yesterday’s New York Times about recent studies that give nuances to the long-held generalization that marriage tends to make people healthier. The article looks at a few different experiments and studies. The most interesting one to me measured short term effects of marital conflict on the body’s ability to heal: [Read More...]

Anthony Sacramone on Predestination

Anthony Sacramone of the Evangel blog at First Things has a great post that tears down the Calvinist doctrine of double-predestination (i.e. that God chose some people to be born for heaven and some for hell and there’s nothing anyone can do about – God grants faith to some people, and if you’re not one [Read More...]

“Pork, A Piece of Beef, Cheese, Beer and Fiery Wine”

Doing research for a doctrinal class, I was looking at  Divine Providence n. 67, which says that Divine Providence not only leads a person to heaven, but leads them toward a specific place in heaven.  I personally love this teaching, but I know for some people it seems to take away free will – and [Read More...]

Sermon: “My Lord and My God”

This is a sermon I gave at the Olivet New Church in Toronto on April 11, 2010. Readings: Isaiah 43:1-11; John 20:19-29; Apocalypse Revealed 469 MY LORD AND MY GOD A Sermon by Rev. Coleman S. Glenn “And Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Because you [Read More...]

Moving Blogs

I have too many blogs.  I need to stop.  Sigh.  But I have a problem.  I want to use this url – colemanglenn.wordpress.com – as a general purpose / pastoral blog, but I don’t want to get rid of my Lymphoma Blog, since I want it to be there after I’m done everything so that [Read More...]


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