New Church Links

A few New Church / Swedenborgian articles and videos that I enjoyed this week: 1.) An article by Joel Glenn (who happens to share my last name because he happens to be my brother) at New Church Perspective on a recent insight he had into the way he’s viewed the Father and the Son. Excerpt: [Read More...]

“Grace Is Not Opposed to Effort, but to Earning”

Dallas-Willard

I’m a bit ashamed to admit that until I heard of his passing today, I was unfamiliar with the work of philosopher and theologian Dallas Willard. Since seeing reports of his death, I’ve been looking into his work, and I’m excited to read more – and sad that I wasn’t able to start doing so [Read More...]

The True Prosperity Gospel

Shekel

Yesterday I preached on the Lord’s parable of the minas from Luke 19, about the good servants who traded their master’s money and made more, and the bad servant who hid his master’s money and did not gain from it. (Sermon audio is available here.) It’s fairly clear from the context that in telling the [Read More...]

Do People Become Angels?

Angel of Smyrna

As I mentioned in my previous post, Andrea Garrison’s book In the Presence of Angels is written with the assumption that people become angels. Garrison writes, “We are in essence angels in training preparing for a higher level of service.” That’s not a foreign idea in our culture – e.g., Clarence the angel from It’s [Read More...]

Book Review: In the Presence of Angels

In the Presence of Angels

This blog post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of In the Presence of Angels: Reflections on Mattie Pearl and Emanuel Swedenborg by Andrea R. Garrison In the Presence of Angels is a short, simple meditation by Andrea R. Garrison on the passing of her mother, Mattie Pearl. Garrison recounts her own spiritual [Read More...]

God Means It For Good

Little Way of Ruthie Leming

In the sermon I preached this past Sunday (available here), I mentioned a book, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher. As I mentioned, the events described in that book – as well as the effects the book has had on those who have read it – provide a beautiful (though at times heartbreaking) [Read More...]

The Most Important Website You Will Ever Visit

Begin a New Life

OK, the blog title may be a bit of an overstatement. Or maybe not. For the past eight years, Rev. Mark Pendleton has been developing a spiritual-growth program called “Begin a New Life,” based on Swedenborgian, Biblical teachings about the path of repentance. It’s finally ready for public release, and you can find it here: [Read More...]

Is the New Church a Cult?

I’m not a huge fan of using the word “cult” to describe religions one considers heretical, for reasons similar to those outlined by Roger E. Olson. I’m even less of a fan of people calling the New Church a cult. I’ve talked to a number of people in my congregation who have been deeply hurt [Read More...]

Sermon: Act Precedes, Willing Follows

My sermon from this morning – a summary of the story of Jacob and Esau from their birth to their reunion after Jacob’s decades away – is now available at newchurchaudio.org, here. And I figured out how to post the children’s talk and lessons as separate audio files! It’s the little things. [Read more...]

Sermon: Jacob’s Fear

Audio for the sermon I preached on Sunday at the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem in Dawson Creek, BC can be found here. The audio there includes readings, but leaves out a key one that was included in the children’s talk; it is Genesis 32:24-30: 24And Jacob remained alone, and a man wrestled [Read More...]


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