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…]

Swedenborg’s Writings: Where Do I Start?

The teachings of the New Church are based on the Old and New Testaments, along with the divinely-inspired theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg (usually referred to as the Writings or the Heavenly Doctrine). Swedenborg was an 18th-century scientist who, at the age of 56, began to have visions of heaven and hell. Shortly afterwards, he [Read More…]

Book Review: “Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, and the American Story” by Howard Means

Howard Means’s new biography of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) has been garnering some publicity since its publication on April 12, including generally favourable reviews in the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe, and an interview with the author on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The reviews all discuss the book’s focus on John Chapman’s [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]