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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...]

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...]


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