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...]

Sermon: Those Who Are With Us

I preached this sermon on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Olivet New Church in Toronto. THOSE WHO ARE WITH US Readings: 2 Kings 6:8-23; Mark 9:36-41; Arcana Coelestia 5036 “So [Elisha] answered, “Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16). All of us [Read More...]

Seeing Hell

(Edit: I should warn you this post contains some profanity) This evening I went to Wendy’s to grab a quick dinner before going to see Beastly with the high schoolers group.  I took my tray to a table and sat down, and after a few seconds a heard a voice from the next table over [Read More...]

Swedenblogian!

Swedenblogian is active again!  After a long hiatus, Susan has started posting again, beginning yesterday with a post entitled “I can’t shut up“.  I’m glad she can’t.  Susan has described herself as a Catholic fan of Swedenborg, and I love her outside-the-organized-New-Church perspective on the Writings.  A little more about her, from a post earlier [Read More...]

Swedenborg the Evangelist?

It’s fairly often that I hear people say, “Swedenborg never intended to start a church.”  For the most part, I think I agree with this statement – he never gathered people to himself, and he never actively encouraged priests or lay people to break away from their denominations to form a new one.  Still, I [Read More...]

What Will We Do In Heaven?

C. Michael Patton has a great series over at Parchment and Pen called “Questions I Hope No One Will Ask.” The latest question he addresses is, “What will we be doing in heaven?” Obviously, as a New Church person, this is the FIRST question I hope to be asked. The Writings have answers – entire [Read More...]

Sermon on the Feeding of the 5,000

This is the audio from the sermon I gave yesterday, Sunday, January 30, 2011, at the Olivet New Church in Toronto. (Sorry, I haven’t figured out how to embed it on this new blog – but you can stream it from the New Church Audio site.) The lessons are Exodus 16:1-5,13-15, 31; Mark 6:31-44; and [Read More...]

Thoughts on Egypt

I’ve been following the protests in Egypt and praying for the Egyptian people – for their safety, and for a birth of greater freedom.  A few passages from the Writings that come to mind: A king who has absolute power, and who believes that his subjects are such slaves that he has a right to [Read More...]


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