120 Years of a Swedenborgian “Benedict Option”

An open discussion of the successes, failures, and future of intentional New Church communities. [Read more…]

Why I Don’t Say “Swedenborg Says…”

Why the only Swedenborgian blogger at Patheos avoids citing Emanuel Swedenborg by name. [Read more…]

The Two Witnesses: A Sermon on Revelation 11

I delivered my final sermon in the Dawson Creek Church of the New Jerusalem this past Sunday. Certainly a bittersweet experience – it was great to give one last sermon in that building, and of course sad to say goodbye (we do have one more service, but it will be an outdoor service at a [Read More…]

New Church Links

A few New Church / Swedenborgian articles and videos that I enjoyed this week: 1.) An article by Joel Glenn (who happens to share my last name because he happens to be my brother) at New Church Perspective on a recent insight he had into the way he’s viewed the Father and the Son. Excerpt: [Read More…]

Is the New Church a Cult?

I’m not a huge fan of using the word “cult” to describe religions one considers heretical, for reasons similar to those outlined by Roger E. Olson. I’m even less of a fan of people calling the New Church a cult. I’ve talked to a number of people in my congregation who have been deeply hurt [Read More…]

Blogging the Bible: Acts and Epistles

For most of my life, I did not read any books of the New Testament other than the gospels and Revelation. Why? Well, the New Church believes – based on passages in Arcana Coelestia and several other works – that in the strictest sense, “The Word” is limited to the books of the Bible that [Read More…]