The Zeal of the King

Giotto - Entry into Jerusalem

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?

White_Doves_at_the_Blue_Mosque_(5778806606)

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...]

Becoming Human

Creación_de_Adán_(Miguel_Ángel)

Over the past six weeks here at our church in Dawson Creek we’ve been following the story of Creation from the first chapter of Genesis. Yesterday we reached the sixth day: the creation of land animals, and ultimately, the creation of man, male and female, in God’s image and after God’s likeness. We’ve been following [Read More...]

Days of Creation as Stages of Regeneration

I see that my last post was on November 5th. As it happens, our son Samuel was born a week + several hours later on November 13th, and (surprise, surprise) blogging has been non-existent since then. In other big news – we’ll be moving to South Africa in June, to serve at the New Church [Read More...]

Our Life After Death

Our Life After Death cover

This blog post is a reflection on the book Our Life After Death, recently published by the Swedenborg Foundation and currently featured in the Patheos Book Club. The book is essentially a long excerpt from Emanuel Swedenborg’s Heaven and Hell, focusing primarily on what happens in the days, weeks, and months after we die, as [Read More...]

Begin a New Life: The Four Steps

Begin a New Life

I haven’t been posting many updates as the congregation here in Dawson Creek works through the “Begin a New Life” program, but it’s been a very powerful experience for the people who are following through with it and learning to implement a regular practice of repentance in their lives.  This week we’re talking about the [Read More...]

Anger or Zeal?

El Greco - Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple

In my recent post on the “wrath of God” I suggested that almost every time human anger is mentioned in the New Testament, it’s presented as a negative thing. New Church theology affirms this, and in the Doctrines of the New Church, the words “anger” and “wrath” are almost always used as negative terms. But [Read More...]

The Wrath of God

John Martin - Great Day of His Wrath

In New Church theology, we hold to the idea that God is not wrathful or angry or vengeful – an idea that at first blush can come across as contrary to the clear teachings of the Bible and Christian tradition.  I recently started reading the works of the early Christian fathers, though, and was surprised [Read More...]


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