Blogging the Bible: Acts 4-5: Resurrection and Obedience

The Primacy of Jesus’s Resurrection Acts 4 and 5 continue to describe the ramifications of Peter’s healing in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Peter again lays out the gospel, and again, the focus is not so much on Jesus’s death as it is on His resurrection and continuing power. Acts 4:10 again describes Jesus’s [Read More…]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 3

Who is Jesus? Acts 3:11-15  Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.  (12)  So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? [Read More…]

Blogging the Bible: Acts 2

I’m not going to be commenting on every chapter in Acts, but I’ll comment on things as they come up. My first thoughts are on chapter 2 of Acts. Acts 2:5, 6. “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, [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…]

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…]