How Helen Keller (And I) Would Help the World

How I Would Help the World

There’s a scene in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that I imagine most Swedenborgians can relate to.  It’s where Lucy is trying to convince her siblings that she really did visit Narnia, and they respond with various degrees of derision and condescending disbelief.  And of course they go into the wardrobe to try [Read More...]

Sermon on Jacob’s Ladder

This past Sunday, I preached on the story of Jacob’s Ladder.   One thing I’d add to the end, because I think it’s the primary point of John 1:51 (“And He says to him, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, Henceforth you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon [Read More...]

Profanation: The Unforgivable Sin?

In the comments on my previous post, Kendall pointed out that it’s important to be careful with the way we talk about “profanation.”  Without a doubt, I think the teachings on profanation are some of the most frightening in the Writings, and I think it’s important to look at them more closely.  I’m going to [Read More...]

The Lesser Evil

This week I preached on the topic of lesser and greater evils.  I touched on the question of how we know whether we’re choosing the lesser of two evils out of necessity, or if there are really more options.  As I mention in the sermon, I don’t think there’s an easy answer.  And I’m curious [Read More...]

A Sense of Calling

There’s a discussion currently going on over at New Church Perspective on the issue of women in the ministry.   Something that has come up a few times is the question of a “call” – if someone feels a call to serve as a New Church minister, does that mean the General Church ought to [Read More...]

The Fall of Man

There has been a fair amount of discussion lately in the Christian blogosphere of the story of Adam and Eve, discussing a.) whether it is scientifically viable to read the story literally, and b.) whether a literal reading is necessary to maintain orthodox Christian theology on the Fall of Man and Original Sin. (The most [Read More...]

Swedenborg’s Writings: Where Do I Start?

The teachings of the New Church are based on the Old and New Testaments, along with the divinely-inspired theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg (usually referred to as the Writings or the Heavenly Doctrine). Swedenborg was an 18th-century scientist who, at the age of 56, began to have visions of heaven and hell. Shortly afterwards, he [Read More...]

Sermon: Lord, Teach Us to Pray

On Sunday, September 11 I preached on the topic of prayer at the Church of the New Jerusalem in Dawson Creek, BC.  I spoke from notes and I didn’t have a manuscript; the following is a rough draft of some of the things we talked about.  So, it may be a little rough around the [Read More...]

Wisdom from Father Zosima

Crime and Punishment is my favourite novel.  And yet somehow I’ve managed to never read any of Dostoevsky’s other novels. So, I’ve started reading Brothers Karamazov, in the 2002 translation by Richard Peaver and Larissa Volokhonsky.  I’m not far into it but already I’m starting to love it.  Last week as I was preparing my sermon [Read More...]

Sermon: Naaman’s Leprosy

I preached this sermon on August 14, 2011, at the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem in Dawson Creek, BC. NAAMAN’S LEPROSY “My father, if the prophet had spoken unto you of a great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Bathe and be​ ​clean’?” [Read More...]