New Church Life archives

2016 Issues

  • September/October 2016 (View pages)
    September/October 2016 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done • Labor Day
    • Letters to the Editors
    • The Gift of Inspiration – A Sermon by the Rev. John L. Odhner
    • Greater Engagement: A Plan for the General Church – The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Friendship – A Sermon by the Rev. Bradley D. Heinrichs
    • General Church Religion Lessons and the General Church – Sarah B. Odhner
    • Introducing Our Ministers: Changed by Faith and Paying it Forward: – The Rev. Christopher A. Barber
    • Considering Conscience – A Sermon by the Rev. Christopher A. Barber
    • Book Review: Growth Pains and Pleasures By the Rev. Frank S. Rose, – Reviewed by Bronwen M. Henry
    • Prayer’s Role in the Salvation of our Soul – The Rev. Kurt P. Nemitz
    • The Character and Possible Uses of the Spiritual Diary/ Spiritual Experiences – The Rev. Willard L. D. Heinrichs
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • July/August 2016 (View pages)
    July/August 2016 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Rights and Responsibilities • The Pursuit of Happiness
    • Letters to the Editors
    • Be Fruitful and Multiply – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Loving One’s Country and Disagreements – The Rev. Eric H. Carswell
    • Purposefulness: Bryn Athyn College Graduation Banquet Address – Dr. Allen J. Bedford
    • Feeling the Flow of the Lord’s Love: Academy Secondary Schools Commencement Address – The Rev. J. Clark Echols
    • The Future of the Christian Church and a Prediction of its Interaction With the New Church – Craig W. Bostock
    • Book Review: The Abridged Arcana Coelestia – By Dr. Willard Mansfield – Reviewed by the Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Sr.
    • Swedenborg Library: Carroll Chamberlain Odhner – A Retrospective
    • The Sound of Infinity – The Rev. Stephen D. Cole
    • Jonathan Hanford Olds: A Legacy for the Future – Judith A. Lopacki
    • Declarations of Faith and Statements of Purpose
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • May/Jun 2016 (View pages)
    May/Jun 2016 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: The Promise and the Challenge • The Election
    • Letters to the Editors
    • The New Church and the Nicodemus Tension – The Rev. Christopher A. Barber
    • Memorial Day Address – The Rev. Thomas H. Rose
    • Letting Love Be Our Spiritual Clothing – The Rev. Jared J. Buss
    • Memorial Address: The Rev. Douglas McCloud Taylor – The Rev. Walter E. Orthwein
    • Surely We Are Not Swedenborgians! – The Rev. Gerald G. Waters
    • Does the Lord Want You to Join the Church Organization? – The Rev. Kenneth J. Alden
    • Redemption and Reading the Heavenly Doctrines – The Rev. William H. Clifford
    • How Do We Love God? – The Rev. Charles E. (Chuck) Blair
    • Emanuel Swedenborg and the Popol Vuh: The Myth of the Ancient Word – Dylan C. Odhner
    • Classical New Church Journals Find Life in a Digital Age – Marvin B. Clymer
  • Mar/Apr 2016 (View pages)
    Mar/Apr 2016 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: How Can We Believe in the Lord’s Resurrection? • Our Walk to Emmaus • ‘What is Wrong With It?’
    • Letters to the Editors
    • The Final Victory Over Hell – A Sermon by the Rev. James P. Cooper
    • The Eternity of Marriage – A Sermon by the Rev. Brett D. Buick
    • Boynton Beach Retreat 2016: A Summary of Presentations by Dr. Martha Gyllenhaal, the Rev. Mark D. Pendleton and Curtis Childs
    • Boynton Beach Banquet Address: – Bryn Athyn College President Brian Blair
    • Memorial Address for B. Reade Genzlinger – The Rev. Kurt Hy. Asplundh
    • A Stumbling Block to Sharing Our Faith – The Rev. Kenneth J. Alden
    • The Right Guy for the Bad Times, Or the Plastic Bag Diet – Nadine Rogers
    • Introducing Our Ministers: Leading Tours Leads to the Ministry – The Rev. Nathan F. Cole
    • It Gets Worse Before it Gets Better – A Sermon by the Rev. Nathan F. Cole
    • What is Leadership From a New Church Perspective? – The Rev. Derrick A. M. Lumsden
  • Jan/Feb2016 (View pages)
    Jan/Feb 2016 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: On Young People Leaving the Church — But What Can We Do? — The Case for Optimism
    • The Growth of the Lord – A Sermon by the Rev. Michael D. Gladish
    • Contempt or Rebellion on the Way to Maturity – A Sermon by the Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Sr.
    • Looking Down on Others – A Children’s Talk by the Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Sr.
    • Memorial Address for Dr. Sherri R. Cooper – The Rev. Dr. Jonathan S. Rose
    • Small Groups in the New Church – The Rev. John L. Odhner
    • Episcopal Visit to Brazil – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Two Kinds of Zeal – The Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman
    • Islam, Swedenborg and the Heavenly Doctrines – Benjamin Pendleton
    • Gifts from the Lord – Joseph S. David
    • Church News
    • Life Lines

2015 Issues

  • Nov/Dec 2015 (View pages)
    Nov/Dec 2015 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Practicing Thankfulness • The Gift of Light • The Pope and the New Church
    • Letters to the Editors
    • We Found Him in the Fields of the Forest – A Sermon by the Rev. Jeremy F. Simons
    • Grace and Gratitude – The Rev. Dr. Andrew M. T. Dibb
    • Take Flight – Charter Day Cathedral Address: The Rev. David C. Roth
    • Bryn Athyn College Charter Day Banquet Program: Innovation in Learning About Democracy
    • As in Heaven, So Upon the Earth: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer – The Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman
    • Introducing Our Ministers: The Rev. Solomon J. Keal
    • The Magi – A Sermon by the Rev. Solomon J. Keal
    • Reflections on Life at the Theological School – Dean Andrew M. T. Dibb
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
    • General Church Clergy Directory
    • Index 2015
  • Sept/Oct 2015 (View pages)
    Sept/Oct 2015 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: What Are We Looking For? — The Gift of Spiritual Knowledge — The Use of Knowing
    • Letters to the Editors
    • Seeing the Lord in the Word – A Sermon by the Rev. John L. Odhner
    • Friendship in Marriage – A Sermon by the Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • The Marriage of Love and Wisdom: A Response to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling in the United States – The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Report on the 2015 Council of the Clergy Meetings – The Rev. Kenneth J. Alden
    • Episcopal Visit to Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • The Love Languages of the Lord – Caira Bevan Bongers
    • Introducing Our Ministers: The Rev. Calvin A. Odhner
    • We Are All Born Blind – A Sermon by the Rev. Calvin A. Odhner
    • True Freedom – A Sermon by the Rev. Ryan M. Sandstrom
    • Ready to Grow? Come to the Sunroom – Kendall Hyatt
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Jul/Aug 2015 (View pages)
    Jul/Aug 2015 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Why New Church Education? — Organized Religion
    • Letters to the Editors
    • The Pass-Fail Test the Lord has Presented to Every Church Down Through the Ages – The Rev. Willard L. D. Heinrichs
    • Reflections on Suicide – The Rev. John L. Odhner
    • The Earth Helped the Woman – The Rev. Kenneth J. Alden
    • Laying Down Our Lives for Our Friends – A Sermon by the Rev. Todd J. Beiswenger
    • States Preceding Repentance – A Sermon by the Rev. Scott I. Frazier
    • The Beauty of Imperfection – The Rev. Walter E. Orthwein
    • Bryn Athyn College Commencement Address: The Keys to a Purpose-Driven Life – Brian Blair
    • Farewell to the Graduating Class – President Kristin King
    • Academy Secondary Schools Commencement: A Totally Unique Tool Box – The Rev. Calvin and Maggie Odhner
    • Introducing Our Ministers: Becoming a Minister . . . Because I Had No Other Choice – The Rev. Alan M. Cowley
    • Church and the Human Form – A Sermon by the Rev. Alan M. Cowley
    • It’s Gettin’ Real: Small Group Systems Retreat 2015 – Sasha Silverman
    • Declarations of Faith and Purpose
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • May/Jun 2015 (View pages)
    May/Jun 2015 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: ‘The Bright and Morning Star — “There Was War in Heaven”
    • Letters to the Editors
    • A New Look at Governance Issues in the General Church – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • The New Jerusalem – A Sermon by the Rev. Malcolm G. Smith
    • What is New About the New Church? – The Rev. Daniel W. Goodenough
    • The Rim of Gold –A Sermon by the Rev. James H. (Jay) Barry
    • Freedom to be New Church – A Sermon by the Rev. Howard A. Thompson
    • A Wake-Up Call: Will the General Church Survive and Thrive?Peter H. Boericke
    • Reflections on a Gift of ’95 Theses’ – The Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman
    • Introducing Our Ministers: A Ministry Born of Loving PeopleThe Rev. C. Mark Perry
    • Plane Kindness – The Rev. Coleman S. Glenn
    • Book Review: V as in Victor, by Naomi Gladish Smith, reviewed by Vera Powell Glenn
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Mar/Apr 2015 (View pages)
    Mar/Apr 2015(PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: ‘All Things New’ — Love’s ‘Commands’ — Hard Sayings: Homosexuality and Gay Marriage — Guest Editorial: Reflections on Paris
    • Letters to the Editors
    • The Walk to Emmaus – A Sermon by the Rev. Michael D. Gladish
    • Heaven is an Attitude – A Sermon by the Rev. Mark D. Pendleton
    • Boynton Beach Retreat 2015 – Bruce Henderson
    • What is New Church Education and Why Should We Care? Part Two –The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Extraordinary Ordinary Moments: What Ten Weeks Volunteering in Kenya Taught Me – Cailin Elphick
    • Women Priests: Freedom and Providence – Chelsea Rose Odhner
    • Women and the Ministry: Leading Must Come from the Word –The Rev. Lawson M. Smith
    • Why Join the General Church? – The Rev. N. Bruce Rogers
    • What the Word Says About Homosexuality – The Rev. Willard L. D. Heinrichs
    • The Christian Case for Traditional Marriage – The Rev. Kurt P. Nemitz
    • Priorities in Parenting – The Rev. Derrick A. M. Lumsden
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Jan/Feb 2015 (View pages)
    Jan/Feb 2015  (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Editorials: Diligently to Read… — New Church Virtues: Masculinity and Femininity
    • Letters to the Editors
    • A New Beginning – A New Year’s Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Andrew M. T. Dibb
    • Building Spiritual Reserves – A Sermon by the Rev. David H. Lindrooth
    • The Mystery of Swedenborg’s Rules of Life – The Rev. Dr. Erik E. Sandstrom
    • What is New Church Education and Why Should We Care? The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Love in the Celestial Spheres: Seeing Our Relationships in Earth,Moon and Sun – E. Kent Rogers
    • How the Academy/General Church Was First Launched in England in 1874 – Patrick L. Johnson
    • Helping Children in Crisis in Kenya: Proud to be a Part of this Work – Kay R. Alden
    • Introducing Our Ministers: Spiritual ‘Genes’ With a Personal Fit – The Rev. Erik J. Buss
    • Expanding Your Wisdom and Influence – A Sermon by the Rev. Erik J. Buss
    • An Interview with Donnette R. Alfelt: My Changing View on Women in the Ministry
    • A Website for Papers on Gender Issues in the Church
    • Book Review: Spiritual Law: The Essence of Swedenborg’s Divine Providence, by Joanna V. Hill, reviewed by Roslyn Taylor
    • Church News
    • Life Lines

2014 Issues

  • Nov/Dec 2014 (View pages)
    Nov/Dec 2014  (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Gender and the Church — The Beautiful Story of the Lord’s Advent — New Church Virtues: Trust in Providence
    • Statement About Gender and Clergy – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Responses to the Bishop’s Statement – Michelle Chapin and Kristin Coffin Daum
    • His Mercy Endures Forever – The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • The Name ‘Jesus’ – A Sermon by the Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • His Covenant Forever: All Things New – Charter Day Cathedral Address by the Rev. Dr. Thane P. Glenn
    • Introducing Our Ministers: A Christmas Gift for a Spiritual Quest – The Rev. Goran R. Appelgren
    • Seeing Life on Three Levels – A Sermon by the Rev. Goran R. Appelgren
    • Book Reviews: Feeding His Flock: Parenting Preschoolers by the Rev. Robert S. Junge, reviewed by Kathy Grant Schrock; Altruism: Many Kinds of Kindness by Soni S. Werner PhD, reviewed by Karin A. Childs
    • Helping Hands – Bryn Athyn College’s Altruism Class Shares Their Experiences of Serving
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Sep/Oct 2014 (View pages)
    Sep/Oct 2014 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Choose This Day — War and Peace — New Church Virtues: Spirituality
    • Our Unique Planet – The Rev. Stephen D. Cole
    • Report on the 2014 Ministers Meetings – The Rev. Kenneth J. Alden
    • Fishing on the Right Side of the Boat – A Sermon by the Rev. Erik J. Buss
    • Needs and Deeds – Sasha Silverman
    • A Light Burden – A Sermon by the Rev. Eric H. Carswell
    • How Can We Believe? – The Rev. Coleman S. Glenn
    • ‘The Lord is Smiling on the Church in Kenya’ – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Introducing Our Ministers: From Landscaping to Planting Spiritual Seeds – The Rev. Bradley D. Heinrichs
    • ‘Do Not Worry About Tomorrow’ – A Sermon by the Rev. Bradley D. Heinrichs
    • Book Review: – Osteopathy and Swedenborg by David Fuller, DO, reviewed by the Rev. Dr. Reuben P. Bell, DO; The Triune Word by the Rev. Prescott A. Rogers, reviewed by the Rev. Walter E. Orthwein
    • Declarations of Faith and Purpose
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Jul/Aug 2014 (View pages)
    Jul/Aug 2014 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: The Authority of the Writings — Trust and Optimism — New Church Virtues: Uniting Charity and Faith
    • Letter to the Editors
    • The Promise of a New Day – A Sermon by the Rev. James H. (Jay) Barry
    • Externalize the Lies: Legion and the Pigs – A Sermon by the Rev. Solomon J. Keal
    • Bryn Athyn College Commencement
    • Memorial Service for the Rev. Leslie Sheppard – The Rev. Ian A. Arnold
    • Memorial Service for Morna Hyatt – The Rev. Eric H. Carswell
    • Episcopal Visit to South Africa – The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Introducing Our Ministers: Lessons from Fathers of the Road to the Ministry – The Rev. Todd J. Beiswenger
    • Mastering the Basics – A Sermon by the Rev. Todd J. Beiswenger
    • Theta Alpha International Lives On!
    • Declarations of Faith and Purpose
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • May/Jun 2014 (View pages)
    May/Jun 2014 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: The Birth, and Perpetual Rebirth, of the New Church — Unique in the World — New Church Virtues: Hope — Our New Church Vocabulary
    • Letters to the Editors
    • The Date of June 19th – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Celebrating New Church Marriages – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Woman, Behold Thy Son: A Mother’s Day Sermon – The Rev. Dr. Andrew M. T. Dibb
    • Noah’s Ark: The Real Story – The Rev. Dr. Erik E. Sandstrom
    • Remembering the Lord’s Life – The Rev. Coleman S. Glenn
    • Introducing Our Ministers: A Purveyor of Hope – The Rev. Mark D. Pendleton
    • Little By Little: Spiritual Rebirth is a Gradual Process – Sermon by the Rev. Mark D. Pendleton
    • Small Groups in the New Church – The Rev. John L. Odhner
    • Some Thoughts for the New Church – Karl Birjukov
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Mar/Apr 2014 (View pages)
    Mar/Apr 2014 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Death With Dignity: Reflections on Good Friday — Stirring Things Up at Easter — New Church Virtues: Prudence and Trust in Providence
    • Letters to the Editors
    • The Priesthood and Gender: The Clergy Process for Reappraisal – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Easter Message: ‘That Which Reigns Universally’ – The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Not Going Beyond What God has Spoken: What Guides Policy in the General Church? – The Rev. Jeremy F. Simons
    • ‘For He is Risen’ – A Sermon by the Rev. Bradley D. Heinrichs
    • Boynton Beach Retreat – Bruce Henderson
    • Boynton Beach Retreat Banquet Address: Bryn Athyn College – Dr. Kristin King, President
    • Introducing Our Ministers: Focusing on the ‘Big Picture’ in Religion – The Rev. Barry C. Halterman
    • Palm Sunday: A Different Kind of Kingdom, a Different Kind of King – A Sermon by the Rev. Barry C. Halterman
    • A Search for the Truth – Doug Webber
    • Another Way to Look at Women in the Priesthood – The Rev. Robert S. Junge
    • My Ministry of Care – Tryn Rose Seley
    • General Church Education: 80,000 and Counting… – Rachel Glenn
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Jan/Feb 2014 (View pages)
    Jan/Feb 2014 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: ‘Influenced by Swedenborg’ — Life and the Church — New Church Virtues: Humility
    • Letters to the Editors
    • Charter Day – Its Celebration and Meaning – Chancellor Brian W. Keith
    • Glencairn Museum: Enriching the Academy’s Mission ~ Embracing the Challenge to Extend Its Reach – Brian D. Henderson
    • What Does it Mean to Be a Human Being? – A Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman
    • Seeing Patterns – A New Year’s Sermon by the Rev. Eric H. Carswell
    • Distinctiveness in the Academy Girls School: An Update – Susan O. Odhner
    • A New Blog by the Rev. Frank S. Rose
    • Kenya Theological School Graduation – Talks by the Rev. Dr. Andrew M. T. Dibb, the Rev. Grant H. Odhner, Brother George Magero, and the Rev. Samson Abuga
    • What the Young People Are Saying – Rachel Buss
    • What is the Opportunity in Change? – The Rev. Charles (Chuck) E. Blair
    • Stepping Up as Leading Men – The Rev. Mark B. Allais
    • The Inspiration of the Navy SEALs – Bonnie G. Frazier
    • Women in the Clergy: A Response – Al Lindsay
    • What is the Future of Theta Alpha International? A Proposal
    • Church News
    • Life Lines

2013 Issues

  • Nov/Dec 2013 (View pages)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Harvest Time – Season of Light, Season of Hope – New Church Virtues: Chastity
    • Joseph: Looking for the Lord in Other People – A Sermon by the Rev. Solomon J. Keal
    • Preparing for Advent: Are You Ready? – The Rev. Emily Jane Lemole
    • Three Perspectives on the Advent – E. Kent Rogers
    • Ordinations in West Africa – The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Ivory Coast Graduation: The Gift of Innocence – The Rev. Goran R. Appelgren
    • Playing a New Church Trump Card: The New Christian Bible Study Project – Steve David
    • Introducing Our Ministers: The Rev. Howard A. Thompson
    • ‘And Who Is My Neighbor?’ – A Sermon by the Rev. Howard A. Thompson
    • The Meaning of Numbers – The Rev. Alan M. Cowley
    • Seven Publications in Seven Months – The Rev. John E. Elliott
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Sept/Oct 2013 (View pages)
    Inside this issue:

    • A Message and News from the Bishop’s Office – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Editorials: New Church Virtues: Reverence — Holy Ignorance — Why the Academy Has Received Such Support — The Life of Choice
    • Letter to the Editors
    • Follow Me – A Sermon by the Rev. James H. (Jay) Barry
    • Gender and the Priesthood of the New Church in the 21st Century – A Paper by the Rev. N. Bruce Rogers
    • Innocence in Children and Adults – A Worship Talk by the Rev. Solomon J. Keal
    • ‘Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve’ – Last of a three-part series by the Rev. Grant H. Odhner
    • One Nation Under God – Independence Day Address by Peter H. Boericke
    • ‘We Hold These Truths’: Our Country’s Religious Roots – Review of a Booklet by the Rev. Robert S. Junge
    • Leaving – An Address to Bryn Athyn College Graduates – Allen J. Bedford, PhD
    • ‘Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do’ – The Rev. J. Clark Echols
    • The Way Things Seem – The Rev. Frederick C. Elphick
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • July/Aug 2013 (View pages)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: ‘Seek Peace And Pursue It’ — The Spirit of the Academy — The Vision and Mission of the Academy — New Church Virtues: Introspection
    • Letters to the Editors
    • Declarations of Faith and Purpose
    • Faith and Purpose – A Talk by the Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr. on his Ordination into the Third Degree of the Priesthood
    • The Power of Parables – A Sermon by the Rev. Jeremy F. Simons
    • Go Up, You Baldhead! – A Sermon by the Rev. James P. Cooper
    • The Confidence to Make a Difference – Bryn Athyn College Commencement Address by the Rev. Eric H. Carswell
    • A Coach and a Winning Team – Academy Secondary Schools Commencement Address by Cory B. Boyce
    • ‘Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve’ – Second of a three-part series by the Rev. Grant H. Odhner
    • The Challenge of Pornography – Second of a two-part series by the Rev. Robert S. Junge
    • Introducing Our Ministers: The Rev. Ryan M. Sandstrom
    • Filling After Jehovah – A Sunday Family Talk by the Rev. Ryan M. Sandstrom
    • Episcopal Trip to West Africa – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Report of the Asia/Pacific Regional Clergy Meetings – The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Helping Children in Crisis – Wade W. Buick
    • Beyond Marriage, Money and Mortgages: Making Meaningful Connections With Young and New People – Bronwen M. Henry
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • May/Jun 2013 (View pages)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Patience and Trust — ‘Toward a New Church University’ — ‘Lead Us Not Into Temptation’ — New Church Virtues: Seriousness
    • An Overview of the Whole Book of Revelation – A Sermon by the Rev. Michael D. Gladish
    • The Five Commandments – A Sermon by the Rev. John L. Odhner
    • ‘Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve’ – First of a three-part series by The Rev. Grant H. Odhner
    • The Insidious Threat of Pornography – First of a two-part series by the Rev. Robert S. Junge
    • Bryn Athyn College: A Crucible Moment – Dr. Kristin King, President
    • Introducing Our Ministers: The Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ – A Sermon by the Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr.
    • Impact 365: Ministering to the Missing Generation – Sasha Silverman
    • Regional Clergy Meetings: Western United States – The Rev. Ethan D. McCardell
    • Growth of the Female Mind: Sincerity and Severity: Book Summary – Dr. Soni S. Werner
    • Growth of the Female Mind: Sincerity and Severity: Book Review by Karin A. Childs
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Mar/Apr 2013 (View pages)
    Inside this issue:

    • Announcement of Assistant to the Bishop
    • Editorials: ‘His Going Forth is as the Dawn’ — ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ — New Church Virtues: Sincerity
    • Letters to the Editors
    • Unless a Grain of Wheat Dies – An Easter Sermon by the Rev. Grant H. Odhner
    • Does the Lord Always Get What He Wants? – A Sermon by the Rev. Eric H. Carswell
    • The Church and the Laity – A Study for the Council of the Clergy by the Rev. Derek P. Elphick
    • Eldergarten 2013 – Bruce M. Henderson
    • Eldergarten Presentations: Brian D. Henderson, the Rev. George D. McCurdy and the Rev. Dr. Ray J. Silverman
    • How the Light Gets In – Eldergarten Banquet Address: The Rev. Emily Jane A. Lemole
    • The Exciting Emerging Church in Cuba – The Rev. Göran R. Appelgren
    • Introducing Our Ministers: The Rev. Malcolm G. Smith
    • ‘As We Also Forgive Our Debtors’ – A Sermon by the Rev. Malcolm G. Smith
    • The Fabric of Consciousness or Jesus Christ? – The Rev. Ronald D. (Ronnie) Schnarr
    • Book Review – True Christianity, Volume 2, New Century Edition – Reviewed by the Rev. Dr. Thane P. Glenn
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • Jan/Feb 2013 (View pages)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: A Test of Character; New Light on Virtue; The Innocence of Wisdom; Tragedy, The Lord, and Christmas Love
    • The Enduring Purpose of New Church Life – The Rev. W. Cairns Henderson
    • Letters to the Editors
    • A Message from the Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Waking Up to Eternal Life – A Sermon by the Rev. Kenneth J. Alden
    • Little by Little: Our Slow Spiritual Growth A Sermon by the Rev. Erik J. Buss
    • The Word of the Lord Goes West – Vera P. Glenn
    • Who Trusts in the Lord Shall Be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: Part III – E. Kent Rogers
    • The Eternity of the Hells – The Rev. Willard L. D. Heinrichs
    • Hyperbole in Revelation – The Rev. Stephen D. Cole
    • The Apocalypse of John: Paintings by G. Roland Smith – Stephen H. Morley
    • Impact 365: Ministering to the Missing Generation – General Church Outreach
    • The Path of Integrity – The Rev. Solomon J. Keal
    • Developments in the Ivory Coast – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • Preparing a Place – Alanna Rose
    • Book Reviews: The Core of Johnny Appleseed – Reviewed by Sylvia Montgomery Shaw; Ghost Brother Angel – Reviewed by Peter H. Boericke
    • Church News
    • Life Lines

2012 Issues

    • Nov/Dec 2012 (View pages)
      Inside this issue:

      • Editorials: O Give Thanks . . . — Being Thankful for Having a Church To Go To — Silent Night — Mint
      • Letters to the Editors
      • The Dayspring From on High – Sermon by the Rev. Walter E. Orthwein
      • A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Innocence and Peace at Christmas – A Sermon by the Rev. Coleman S. Glenn
      • Charter Day Cathedral Address – The Rev. Eric H. Carswell
      • Spiritual Economics – The Rev. Kurt Ho. Asplundh
      • ‘The Crown of All Churches’: What Does That Mean? – The Rev. Thane P. Glenn
      • Introducing Our Ministers: The Rev. Garry B. Walsh
      • Seeing Ourselves in the Parable of the Mustard Seed – A Sermon by the Rev. Garry B. Walsh
      • In the World But Not of It – The Rev. Norman E. Riley
      • A Church Specific or The Lord’s Church . . . Specifically – Fran Raymond
      • A Parable of God’s Gifts – The Rev. William H. Clifford
      • Book Reviews: A Descriptive Biography of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg; Swedenborg and Osteopathy
      • Church News
      • Life Lines
      • Annual Report of the Secretary of the General Church
      • Directory of the General Church Clergy
      • Index for 2012
    • Sept/Oct 2012 (View pages)
      Inside this issue:

      • Editorials: Defining Marriage — Redefining Marriage — ‘I Grieved in Spirit’ — The Distinctiveness of New Church Gender Education
      • Letters to the Editors
      • ‘Render to God’: Religion and the Civil State – A Sermon by the Rev. N. Bruce Rogers
      • The Challenge of making Conjugial Love Relevant in Today’s Classroom – Susan O. Odhner
      • Brothers Dwelling in Unity: A Worship Talk for the Council of the Clergy – The Rev. Lawson M. Smith
      • Report of the Council of the Clergy – The Rev. Kenneth J. Alden
      • Who Trusts in the Lord Shall be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: Second Of a Three-Part Series: – E. Kent Rogers
      • Amen, The Sound of Truth – The Rev. Stephen D. Cole
      • Introducing Our Ministers: The Rev. Matthew L. Genzlinger
      • Believing in the Heavenly Doctrine – An Article by the Rev. Matthew L. Genzlinger
      • What Do We have in Common With Other Christians? – The Rev. Solomon J. Keal
      • New Church Teachings Put to the Test – Candice Edmunds
      • Our Attitude Toward Evil – Tom David
      • Church News
      • Life Lines
    • June/July 2012 (View pages)
      Inside this issue:

      • The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith Nominated as Executive Bishop
      • Editorials: Change and the Church; Reverence for Nature; Spiritual Environmentalism
      • Letters to the Editors
      • Time, Space and Conscience – A Sermon by the Rev. Goran R. Appelgren
      • New Heaven and New Earth – The Rev. Norman E. Riley
      • Bryn Athyn College Commencement Address: Once in a Lifetime – Stephen H. Smith, MD
      • Bryn Athyn College Commencement Farewell – President Kristin King
      • Academy Secondary Schools Commencement Address: Be a Role Model for Marriage, for Passion and for Courage – Shawn O. Synnestvedt
      • Spiritual Sustainability – John Frost
      • Response to Spiritual Sustainability – The Rev. Derrick A.M. Lumsden
      • Who Trusts in the Lord Shall be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: First of a Three-Part Series – E. Kent Rogers
      • Introducing Our Ministers: Rev. Ethan D. McCardell
      • Offering What Works – A Sermon by the Rev. Ethan D. McCardell
      • Episcopal Trip to Korea and Japan – The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
      • Declarations of Faith
      • New Church Near-Death Experiences – Kesley Coffin
      • Bronze Bust of Emanuel Swedenborg Reinstalled in Chicago – Ed Gyllenhaal
      • Classic New Church Journal Enters the Digital Age
      • Book Review: 12 Miracles of Spiritual Growth – The Rev. Dr. Ray L. Silverman
      • Church News
      • Life Lines

Daily Inspiration

"There is no adequate way to describe God except in terms of pure love and pure mercy towards the whole human race. That mercy is God's desire to save everyone, to make everyone happy forever, and to give us everything He has."

Arcana Coelestia 1735