Going Deeper in Genesis

Lots of mainstream, even conservative, Christian scholars advocate reading Genesis 1-11 as something deeper than a literal account of the physical world. But if it’s not about the creation of the physical world – then what IS it about? A better question might be, WHO is it about? [Read more…]

The Problem with Study Bibles

I hate study Bibles. Why? Same reason I hated textbooks in high school: an authoritative editorial voice that states interpretation as fact and leaves little room for dissenting voices. [Read more…]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 6-7: Jesus as the Fulfillment of Scripture

Right now, I have access to only one thorough, scholarly Bible commentary series: the Word Biblical Commentary, published by Thomas Nelson. I love these commentaries, but unfortunately, several volumes are still in the process of being written – including the volumes on Acts. With these chapters, Acts 6-7, I really missed that kind of commentary. [Read More…]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 4-5: Resurrection and Obedience

The Primacy of Jesus’s Resurrection Acts 4 and 5 continue to describe the ramifications of Peter’s healing in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Peter again lays out the gospel, and again, the focus is not so much on Jesus’s death as it is on His resurrection and continuing power. Acts 4:10 again describes Jesus’s [Read More…]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 3

Who is Jesus? Acts 3:11-15  Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.  (12)  So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? [Read More…]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 2

I’m not going to be commenting on every chapter in Acts, but I’ll comment on things as they come up. My first thoughts are on chapter 2 of Acts. Acts 2:5, 6. “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, [Read More…]

Blogging the Bible: Acts and Epistles

For most of my life, I did not read any books of the New Testament other than the gospels and Revelation. Why? Well, the New Church believes – based on passages in Arcana Coelestia and several other works – that in the strictest sense, “The Word” is limited to the books of the Bible that [Read More…]

Chapter 1 of “12 Miracles”: “Healing from Feelings of Unworthiness”

This post is part of a series on 12 Miracles of Spiritual Growth by E. Kent Rogers, which was featured earlier this month on the Patheos Book Club, and which I was invited to discuss as part of the Book Club Roundtable. Do I want to be healed from feelings of unworthiness? That’s a real [Read More…]

The Most Beautiful Music I Know

I don’t know a whole lot about classical music, but I do know that the Benedictus from Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever heard. I was just listening to my iTunes on shuffle, and when the Benedictus came on I stopped what I was doing and just listened. It [Read More…]

12 Miracles of Spiritual Growth: Introduction

(E. Kent Rogers, 12 Miracles of Spiritual Growth: A Path of Healing from the Gospels, Swedenborg Foundation Press, 2012, 210 pages.) First off, an apology. I was asked to participate in the Book Club Roundtable discussion of Kent Rogers’s new book, “12 Miracles of Spiritual Growth,” which was a featured selection of the Patheos Book Club from [Read More…]


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