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...]

What’s In A Name?

First of all, welcome to my blog, and welcome to the new site for those who’ve already been following me!  I’m excited to work with Patheos – they host several of my favourite blogs (e.g. Jesus Creed, The Deacon’s Bench, The Bible and Culture), and I look forward to getting involved in the conversations that happen [Read More...]

Sermon: A Little Child Shall Lead Them

UPDATE: Sermon audio available here. I preached this sermon on November 28, 2010 at the Olivet New Church in Toronto. A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM A Sermon by Rev. Coleman S. Glenn The season leading up to Christmas can be a busy time – students, parents, and teachers trying to fit in all the [Read More...]


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