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...]

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...]


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