“Repent” Does Not Mean “Wallow in Self-loathing”: An Ash Wednesday Reflection.

Repentance is not about making yourself feel miserable – but it does require spending some time in the ashes. [Read more…]

A Heavy Cross or an Easy Yoke?

Is the Christian life supposed to be easy or supposed to be hard? We can probably guess that the answer is “both,” but what does that actually mean? [Read more…]

Begin a New Life: The Four Steps

I haven’t been posting many updates as the congregation here in Dawson Creek works through the “Begin a New Life” program, but it’s been a very powerful experience for the people who are following through with it and learning to implement a regular practice of repentance in their lives.  This week we’re talking about the [Read More…]

Begin a New Life: Examining Ourselves

Back in April, I posted on “Begin a New Life,” the spiritual growth program developed by Rev. Mark Pendleton. As I mentioned in the post, Mark had agreed to come out to Dawson Creek and offer a workshop on the program. Mark made it out here a week and a half ago and gave an [Read More…]

Want to Believe? Start Doing

This past Sunday, I preached on the Lord’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus from the Gospel of Luke (sermon audio available here). At the end of the parable, Jesus describes the rich man in hell begging that Abraham send Lazarus to warn the rich man’s brothers that they need to repent if they [Read More…]

The Most Important Website You Will Ever Visit

OK, the blog title may be a bit of an overstatement. Or maybe not. For the past eight years, Rev. Mark Pendleton has been developing a spiritual-growth program called “Begin a New Life,” based on Swedenborgian, Biblical teachings about the path of repentance. It’s finally ready for public release, and you can find it here: [Read More…]