New Church Life archives

2017 Issues

  • May/June 2017 (View pages)
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    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: Revelation as a Mirror • The Marriage Supper of the Lamb • Religious Feelings: Yearning and Hope
    • Letters to the Editors
    • Progress and Development of the New Church – The Rev. Willard L. D. Heinrichs
    • What News From Earth? – A Sermon by the Rev. Jeremy F. Simons
    • Go and Sin No More – A Sermon by the Rev. Grant H. Odhner
    • Bryn Athyn College Extends Its Reach
    • Swedenborg and the Arts International Conference
    • Indexing His Way into Further Enlightenment: Discovering Swedenborg’s Process Through Translation – The Rev. Dr. Jonathan S. Rose
    • A Daily Reading Schedule for the Arcana Coelestia
    • Finding Hope: Talking About Addiction, Suicide, Domestic Violence and Mental Illness – Bronwen M. Henry
    • Charity Works: Carrying the New Church Mission into Service in El Salvador – Tara Dugan
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • March/April 2017 (View pages)
    March/April 2017 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: The Roots of Easter • The Cry of Suicide • History and Divine Providence • Religious Feelings: Holy Fear and Unworthiness
    • Letters to the Editors
    • The Stones Would Immediately Cry Out – A Palm Sunday Sermon by The Rev. Eric H. Carswell
    • What the Lord Actually Accomplished by His Incarnation – The Rev. Michael D. Gladish
    • Finding the Humanity in Judas Iscariot – The Rev. Christopher A. Barber
    • In Support of Mental and Spiritual Health – A Sermon by The Rev. David C. Roth
    • Coping With Grief – The Rev. David C. Roth
    • The Non-Appropriation of Evil – A Sermon by The Rev. Geoffrey H. Howard
    • Boynton Beach Retreat 2017
    • ‘Lead Us and Guide Us, Lord’ – Naomi (Scott) Reid
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
  • January/February 2017 (View pages)
    January/February 2017 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: With All Your Heart, and With All Your Soul • Religious Feelings: A Sense of Holiness
    • Letters to the Editors
    • How the Lord Preserves Freedom, Yet Still Leads – by Bending The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
    • What Can I Do? – A Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Thane P. Glenn
    • Unity Brings Progress into Every Aspect of Human Life A Sermon by the Rev. Edward Akotey
    • Why I Call Myself a Swedenborgian – The Rev. Derrick A. M. Lumsden
    • The Lord is Speaking to You – The Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman
    • Introducing Our Ministers: From Tanks and Courtrooms to the Pulpit The Rev. Brett D. Buick
    • I Am the Bread of Life – A Sermon by the Rev. Brett D. Buick
    • Book Review: The Ten Commandments
    • Church News
    • Life Lines

2016 Issues

  • November/December 2016 (View pages)
    November/December 2016 (PDF)
    Inside this issue:

    • Editorials: ‘Harps of Gold’ • The Call to Humility • Born To Be a Messenger
    • Letter to the Editors
    • Every Stone Shall Cry: A Christmas Sermon by the Rev. Jeremy F. Simons
    • A Horn of Salvation in the House of David – The Rev. Kurt Hy. Asplundh
    • This Changes Everything – Charter Day Cathedral Address – The Rev. Stephen D. Cole
    • Memorial Address: The Rev. Norman E. Riley – The Rev. Walter E. Orthwein
    • The Miracle and the Theology of Handel’s Messiah – The Rev. Dr. Erik E. Sandstrom
    • The New Christian Bible Study Project: How’s it Going? – Steve David
    • Church News
    • Life Lines
    • General Church Annual Report
    • Directory of the General Church Clergy
    • Index 2016
  • 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

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