Fishing on the Right

In the Lord’s third appearance after the resurrection (as recorded in the gospel of John), He told His disciples, who’d been fishing unsuccessfully all night, to cast their nets on the right side of their boat. When they did, they came up with a net full of fish – 153, to be exact. What is [Read More...]

The Lord’s Temptations – A Good Friday Sermon

Readings: Psalm 22; Luke 23:26-56; Arcana Coelestia 1812 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Imagine. The Lord was being nailed to a cross, His flesh pierced by nails. He had done nothing wrong. He had never acted out of anything other than a desire to save people, to offer them [Read More...]

The Triumphal Entry

This morning, in preparing for Palm Sunday, I was reading the account of the Triumphal Entry in the Gospel of Luke. What especially touched me on this reading was the fact that as the Lord was approaching Jerusalem on the donkey, while His disciples shouted out “Blessed be the King who comes in the name [Read More...]

Salvation and Jesus: A Challenge

I want this blog post to be a challenge. In the New Church, we embrace the teaching that God does not condemn anyone for ignorance of Him; that people who do not know Him as the Lord Jesus Christ, who are ignorant of His Word, can be saved, because if they have lived as well [Read More...]

Waiting on the Lord

Yesterday, I preached in Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie on waiting for the Lord, based on the story of Saul’s unlawful sacrifice (1 Samuel 13:1-15). The thing that struck me about the story is the fact that Saul did wait for the Lord, for seven whole days, while his army scattered; it was only after [Read More...]

How I View Swedenborg’s Writings

New Church Perspective has finished publishing my two-part essay on how I read the Writings: Part I, Part II. [Read more...]

The Little Way

There’s something about St. Thérèse. Until a year or two ago I’d never heard of Thérèse of Lisieux.  I was introduced to her by Tomas Halik in his book Patience with God. There he wrote about her “dark night of the soul” leading up to her death, where she seemed to have lost her faith [Read More...]

The Seventh Blind Man of Indostan

Recently I ran across a reference to the poem “The Blind Men and the Elephant” by John Godfrey Saxe (although for the life of me I can’t remember where), and it reminded me of the little-known final stanza of the poem.  It’s little known because it’s never been published; I discovered it written in invisible [Read More...]

The Christmas Tableaux

The Christ Child

On Sunday evening, the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem held their annual Christmas tableaux service – the first I’ve participated in as resident pastor.  “Tableaux” is short for “tableaux vivants,” meaning “living pictures.”  In a tableau vivant, the actors stand completely still to form a still picture; when it’s done well, it can [Read More...]

Glory to God in the Highest

This past Sunday, I preached on the appearance of the angels to the shepherds, declaring the good news, the gospel, that the Lord had been born.  The essential teachings about who the Lord is and what the gospel is are contained in the angel’s words: “I announce good​ ​tidings to you of great joy that [Read More...]


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