Glory to God in the Highest

This past Sunday, I preached on the appearance of the angels to the shepherds, declaring the good news, the gospel, that the Lord had been born.  The essential teachings about who the Lord is and what the gospel is are contained in the angel’s words: “I announce good​ ​tidings to you of great joy that [Read More…]

Book Review: The Hidden Levels of the Mind by Douglas Taylor

At some point in college, I got fed up with theological charts and diagrams.  Attending religion classes at the Academy of the New Church high school and Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, I saw plenty of them.  There were a few reasons I got fed up with them, but mostly it had to [Read More…]

Babies Love Justice

[Edit: Note that this blog has a new URL: www.patheos.com/blogs/goodandtruth/ (changed from www.patheos.com/community/goodandtruth/).  RSS feed: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodandtruth/feed/.  Links from the old URL and its RSS feed should still work, but it’s probably a good idea to update your bookmarks anyway.] Stephanie Pappas, senior writer at LiveScience, writes of a new study indicating that infants as young [Read More…]

The Deeper Meaning in Tiffany’s Swedenborgian Angels

On Monday I received my copy of Tiffany’s Swedenborgian Angels by Mary Lou Bertucci and Joanna Hill, currently featured on the Patheos Book Club. I’ve been reading it in bits and pieces over the last few days.  It’s not a long book, but it’s one that invites pausing and reflecting. First and foremost: this is a [Read More…]

How Helen Keller (And 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…]


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