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Sunday
Jan062013

Editor's Box | Digest: Articles 133 through 142

June 15, 2012 through August 24, 2012. Catch up on any of the articles you've missed!


June 15, 2012
“The Most Beautiful Thing” by Helen Kennedy.
Helen writes about encountering a passage in a book that embodied a truth from the Writings about how the Lord views all people, in heaven and on earth, as one. With her knowledge of Swedenborg's vision for the New Christianity, she augments what she found in that book years ago.

June 22, 2012
“Meditate | How It's Been” by Chelsea Rose Odhner.
Meditate is a monthly column in which insights gained from meditating on the Word are shared. You could write for Meditate, too! Contact us if you'd like to write a submission for this column.

June 29, 2012
"Weird IV - Divine Soul Transplants, Part 1" by Todd Beiswenger.
Todd is back with some more weird news, this time reporting from an interaction with the New Age spirituality of Master Sha and his philosophy of karma. By putting Master Sha's teachings alongside parallels in Swedenborg's Writings, Todd sees a way in which a physical disease you have could come from a spiritual origin and yet not be your own fault.

July 6, 2012
“Weird IV - Divine Soul Transplants, Part 2” by Todd Beiswenger.
This week Todd introduces us to the 'how' of a divine soul transplant. It turns out it's not too far from the work of regeneration. Will chanting every day heal one's spirit and body? It can't hurt to try.

July 13, 2012
“God Bless You, Part 1” by Karl Birjukov
Karl writes about the true import and meaning of words and how they have been obfuscated and dulled over time by progressively literal interpretations. If we have lost sight of the deeper connotations of the words within the Bible, how can we access what is available to us therein?

July 20, 2012
“God Bless You, Part 2” by Karl Birjukov.
Here, in part two, Karl looks specifically at the word 'marriage.' He focuses on its ultimate purpose as a reflection of the Lord's union within himself and the mercy this embodies. He feels that a renewed focus on the true meaning of words would offer more to people than if the church were to bow to secular interpretations of spiritual concepts and thereby attract more people by mirroring the culture's own decline.

August 3, 2012
“Forgiveness As a 'State To Be'” by Tomoya Okubo.
Tomoya shares nuanced reflections on what forgiveness is. He contrasts the state of innate condemnation, where forgiveness is seen as a choice, with that of humility and mercy—one that offers forgiveness in all directions in the face of every possible offense.

August 10, 2012
“A Week with the Twelve Tribes: Are we really living what we believe? (Part 1 of 2)” by Garrett Smith and Lauren Anderson.
Garrett and Lauren Smith have been traveling around Australia for the last four months working on organic farms through the WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) program. A recent farm visit in the Sydney area brought them to a community of the Twelve Tribes (www.twelvetribes.com), a Messianic religious movement of people living communally in various countries, including the U.S. and Australia. Although milking goats had been the attraction of the farm stay, Garrett and Lauren were confronted with a very different, sometimes bewildering, view of life and religious doctrine. In a two-part article series, they reflect upon their experiences from living a week with a community in the Tribe of Asher and the lessons they learned to apply to their own life of religion.

August 17, 2012
“A Week with the Twelve Tribes: 12 Lessons from the 12 Tribes (Part 2 of 2)” by Garrett Smith and Lauren Anderson.
Garrett and Lauren Smith have been traveling around Australia for the last four months working on organic farms through the WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) program. A recent farm visit in the Sydney area brought them to a community of the Twelve Tribes (www.twelvetribes.com), a Messianic religious movement of people living communally in various countries, including the U.S. and Australia. Although milking goats had been the attraction of the farm stay, Garrett and Lauren were confronted with a very different, sometimes bewildering, view of life and religious doctrine. Last week, they shared an article in which they introduced the Twelve Tribes religious movement and reflected upon their experiences from living a week with a community in the Tribe of Asher. This second article identifies the positive aspects of the community life they observed, which they intend to apply to improve their own life of religion.

August 24, 2012
“Meditate | Maybe 'Gain' Isn't So Hip After All...” by Curtis Childs.
Meditate is a monthly column in which insights gained from meditating on the Word are shared. You could write for Meditate, too! Contact us if you'd like to write a submission for this column.