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...]

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...]


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