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...]

Searching Swedenborg

Doorway_of_St_Nons_Chapel_home

As you might have noticed if you’ve followed links to passages from Swedenborg’s theological works  from this or other Swedenborgian blogs, there’s little consistency in terms of what site those links might send you to. I most often link to the Swedenborg collection on sacred-texts.com, since in my opinion it is the best site for [Read More...]

Begin a New Life: Examining Ourselves

Begin a New Life

Back in April, I posted on “Begin a New Life,” the spiritual growth program developed by Rev. Mark Pendleton. As I mentioned in the post, Mark had agreed to come out to Dawson Creek and offer a workshop on the program. Mark made it out here a week and a half ago and gave an [Read More...]

Really Living

Yesterday I preached on the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead as recorded in John 11. During the course of the research I was struck by how many times the gospel of John speaks of life. I’m sure it’s partly because I was looking for it, but it seems to be the central message [Read More...]

Sweden-whatsian?

Swedenborg Bust

When I tell people that I’m Swedenborgian, I often get a blank look. Explaining that my church subscribes to the doctrines found in the works of Emanuel Swedenborg doesn’t help a whole lot. Fortunately, the Swedenborg Foundation has just released a video explaining who Swedenborg was and what books to start with if you’re interested [Read More...]

Want to Believe? Start Doing

Rich Man and Lazarus

This past Sunday, I preached on the Lord’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus from the Gospel of Luke (sermon audio available here). At the end of the parable, Jesus describes the rich man in hell begging that Abraham send Lazarus to warn the rich man’s brothers that they need to repent if they [Read More...]

Oklahoma

I have a tendency to turn everything into a philosophical or theological discussion. But right now, I just want to add my prayers to the millions being lifted up for the people in Oklahoma who’ve lost homes, lives, and loved ones in the tornado. May the Lord bring them strength, comfort, and hope. “The Lord bless you [Read More...]

The Universe Is Like an Analogy

Jesus Walks on Water

An article in the New Scientist argues that analogy is the core of human thinking. New Church thought goes even further: it says that the universe itself is like an analogy, in that it is a physical expression of spiritual reality. [Read more...]


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