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...]

A Pleasure that “Soothes, Favors, and Allures”

A few days ago I read a passage from Arcana Coelestia that keeps coming back to me: They who are in the loves of self and of the world cannot possibly believe that they are in things so filthy and unclean as they actually are in, for there is a certain pleasure and delight that [Read More...]

New Church Perspective Post on Homosexuality

At the beginning of July, New Church Perspective published an article I wrote on homosexuality, the first in a series on that topic from several different perspectives.  My article and the following articles have started a lot of discussion in the comments, and I encourage you to read the comments as well as the articles. [Read More...]

I’m Back

Sorry for the long, unannounced hiatus from blogging.  In May I accepted a call from the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem in Dawson Creek, BC, to be their pastor.  Life’s been a whirlwind since then: the General Church assembly and clergy meetings in Bryn Athyn, PA in June, Maple camp for teens in [Read More...]

Sermon: Honouring Father and Mother

I preached this sermon on May 8, 2011, at the Olivet New Church in Toronto.  Sermon audio will be posted sometime within the next couple of days. HONOURING FATHER AND MOTHER “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged upon the land which Jehovah your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12) [Read More...]

Book Review: “Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, and the American Story” by Howard Means

Howard Means’s new biography of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) has been garnering some publicity since its publication on April 12, including generally favourable reviews in the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe, and an interview with the author on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The reviews all discuss the book’s focus on John Chapman’s [Read More...]

Links On Doubt

Yesterday I mentioned my article on doubt in this month’s New Church Connection.  The whole issue this month is devoted to “doubt, disbelief, and despair.”  All the articles are worth reading; if I had to single out one, I’d suggest Rev. Dr. Jonathan Rose’s article on what it means to “take up our cross daily.” An [Read More...]

How The Lord Could Feel Absent from God

Last week New Church Connection magazine published an article that I wrote on doubt.  In it, I mention a few of the times that the Lord Himself expressed feelings of despair and doubt.  When He was in the garden of Gethsemane, he prayed, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from [Read More...]

Sermon: Washing Our Feet

I gave this family talk at the Olivet New Church in Toronto on April 3, 2011. Listen streaming here. Download here. The lesson is from John 13.  Additional recommended readings: Arcana Coelestia 10243, Arcana Coelestia 7442, Arcana Coelestia 3147, and Divine Providence 151. [Read more...]


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