12 Miracles of Spiritual Growth: Introduction

12 Miracles of Spiritual Growth

(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...]

Walking on Water

This past Sunday I preached on Matthew 14:22-33, the story of the Lord walking on water and Peter walking out to Him. The thing that really jumped out at me this time reading it was that moment when Peter notices the wind and starts to sink. I thought about times when, sometimes for no apparent [Read More...]

All Evil is from Hell, All Good from the Lord

“If man only believed, as is really true, that all good is from the Lord and all evil from hell, he would neither make the good in him a matter of merit nor would evil be imputed to him; for he would then look to the Lord in all the good he thinks and does, [Read More...]

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...]


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