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Thursday
Sep262013

Editor's Box | Digest: Articles 163 through 172

January 18, 2013 through March 29, 2013. Catch up on any of the articles you've missed!


January 18, 2013
“To be Confirmed or Not to be Confirmed” by Megan Malone.
People keep asking Megan if she is going to be confirmed in the General Church. She uses this essay as an opportunity to crystallize her experiences around being identified with a specific religion, and becomes clear on what she wants in the process.

January 25, 2013
“Meditate | Turning Soil” by Chelsea Rose Odhner.

Meditate is a monthly column in which insights gained from meditating on the Word are shared. We welcome your insights, too, in the form of comments, or better yet, your own article. Contact us if you'd like to write a submission for this column.

February 1, 2013
“Pornography: Make it Our Fight” Anonymous.
This essay draws attention to the silence within the church around the widespread use of pornography. This silence is either a complete denial that people within the church have this kind of struggle, or an inability to confront these issues with openness and integrity. The author calls on us to provide compassionate and safe help to people engaged in this behavior, because so much is threatened when we look the other way.

February 8, 2013
“Dear Mr. Swedenborg” by Susan Sup.
As a Roman Catholic that has been deeply touched by the words of Emanuel Swedenborg, Susan writes to him directly. She has been contemplating the reverence for Mary within her church and she's had some new ideas about this. Swedenborg clearly denounced hailing Mary as without sin, but what if he began looking at it from Susan's perspective? Would he feel the same way?.

February 22, 2013
“An Interview with Frank Rose, Part 1” by Frank Rose
This is a lightly edited transcript of an interview with Frank Rose. In this, the first of two sections, they discuss systems that encourage church growth. Frank's experience provides evidence of what works and what doesn't. This culminates in a vision for the future success of the church, if it is willing to lead with its weakness. The second piece is here.

March 1, 2013
“An Interview with Frank Rose, Part 2” by Frank Rose.
Here, in the second section, Frank and Alanna discuss the limited role of women in the church, which is a potential stumbling block for newcomers. Frank then shares two scenarios that the Theological School could take to enrollment. Each attracts a different student body to dramatically different ends. Where does the church want to go? Read the first part here.

March 8, 2013
“Pornography Part 1” by Robert Junge.
Robert writes about the progressive degrees of adultery. While initial experiences of pornography may come to us unbidden, there are forces that provoke us to justify and identify with it to a greater and greater extent unless we guard ourselves against them. He writes that pornography seeks to destroy the most precious gifts the Lord has given us, which are both the love in marriage and the care of young children.

March 15, 2013
“Pornography Part 2” by Robert Junge.
In part two, Robert identifies pornography as idolatry. Pornography entices us to magnify things that are essentially unreal and seek connection where there can be no reciprocation. Loving another outside of oneself is the center of marriage and pornography is the inverse of this practice. He lays out a series of steps towards freedom that people can take internally if they find themselves prostrate before pornographic idols.

March 22, 2013
“Meditate | Spiritual Amnesia and What's Really Going On” by Chelsea Rose Odhner.
Meditate is a monthly column in which insights gained from meditating on the Word are shared. We welcome your insights, too, in the form of comments, or better yet, your own article. Contact us if you'd like to write a submission for this column.

March 29, 2013
“Swedenborg and Swedenborgians - An Exploration of Influence and Response Part 1” by Stephen Muires.
Stephen tries to ascertain whether or not all of Swedenborg's work could be pulled under the umbrella of one clear theme. He puzzles over the fact that many people who read Swedenborg's work attack people who claim to interact with the other world, when the man whose doctrines they adhere to did the very same thing.