Editor's Box | Digest: Articles 41 through 52 in 2010
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October 8 through December 31. Catch up on any of the articles you've missed!

October 8, 2010
“Meditate on the Word of God” by Alanna Rose.
Alanna Rose shares a beautifully simple practice for enjoying and engaging with the Lord's Word. Revelation can often feel intimidating in length or confusing in content but Alanna describes an approach to taking small, bite-sized pieces at a time. This method offers the opportunity to cherish and delight in the Lord's truth.

October 15, 2010
“Genuine Christianity” by Chelsea Rose Odhner.
Genuine Christianity testifies to the value of reading and understanding more about Emanuel Swedenborg's life history. In this highly recommended article, Chelsea Odhner shares some of the insight she received from learning more about the context in which Emanuel Swedenborg wrote. Chelsea uses a light touch and makes the case for reading a biography of Swedenborg by supplying a couple of the tantalizing shifts in thinking which she herself experienced.

October 22, 2010
“My Word!” by Heath Synnestvedt.
Heath Synnestvedt invites us to join his musing about words. With playfulness and irony, Heath suggests that the use and meaning of words have an important effect both on how we experience and respond to reality. (Heath intends the use of lower case “i”).

October 29, 2010
“Tent Talk: Unexpected Treasures” by Lauren Anderson.
If you ever find yourself in the wilds of Alaska, stuck in a tent with an obnoxious teenager, you will wish you had read this article by Lauren Anderson. In it she recounts her experience of a surprising opportunity to talk about the big questions of life. Are humans more than animals? Did the universe come from nothing?

November 5, 2010
“To Buy or not to Buy” by Garth Brown.
If thinking is something you like to do, read on. Garth Brown argues that our modes of consumption and production present “the great moral problem of our time.” As I finish mindlessly stuffing another piece of Halloween candy into my mouth, I greatly appreciate this call to consider. Do we live purposefully? Do we make our choices with real usefulness in mind?

November 12, 2010
“The Atheistic Perspective” by Owen Schnarr.
Owen contemplates atheistic beliefs in light of arguments presented by the New Church about the ultimate fate of those who carry such beliefs. He posits that belief and its consequences are at the center of our life on earth and that to suggest otherwise is to ignore or obfuscate the truth as he sees it.

November 19, 2010
“Can She Still be With Me?” by Abigail Smith.
Having had a child after her mother passed away, Abby writes about her struggle to comprehend how connected she and her mother are now and how this may change after her own death. She draws heavily on one of her husband's theological papers which leaves her central question unresolved. Ultimately, though grieving the loss of her mother, she is confident that the Lord is in charge.

November 26, 2010
“The Power of Sound” by Meryl Machado.
Meryl explores the idea of sound itself as a vehicle for communication that is unencumbered by the trappings of words. She introduces the concept that all created things and human affections embody a tonal resonance and that an evolved insensitivity has caused us to focus heavily on the meanings of words rather than experiencing the inherent power of sound.

December 3, 2010
“Where Can I Put this Pile of Stress” by Janine Smith.
Striving for balance, Janine contrasts two avenues towards achieving success and happiness, summarized by Stephen Covey as the modern ‘Personality Ethic’ and the time honored ‘Character Ethic.’ The first invests energy in manicuring the public image to the detriment of other relationships and areas of life. The second urges one to embody virtues universally. Self-examination reveals the inefficiency of the first and inspires her to integrate her values with equipoise.

December 10, 2010
“Possible Married Partners: One of Many?” by Judah Synnestvedt.
Judah examines choosing a partner to marry from two different perspectives, the Lord's omniscience and the individual's limited viewpoint. Humans desire certainty but paradoxically would resist directives from an authoritarian god. Judah arrives at consent as the bridge between these two perspectives.

December 17, 2010
“Daubed with Bitumen and Pitch: The Clinging of the Old Will, the Old Church, and Hell” by Isaac Synnestvedt.
Isaac writes of the disturbances brought on by evil spirits who attach themselves to his unregenerate will. Within this chaos, he finds that the Lord keeps him in freedom to rebuke those spirits with the truth and act from love. This is only possible because the Lord is protecting the good within him, keeping it hidden from abuse on all sides.

December 24, 2010
“Genuine Love” by Ronald Schnarr.
Ronald describes eternal love as unwavering and full of splendor, but if we are preoccupied with time bound concerns, it may not appear to us as it truly is. He directs us to live from a higher perspective, one where the pleasure of acting from love is the only reward we seek.

December 31, 2010
“Reaching that One Person” by Frank Maiorano.
While fervently wanting to spread the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, Frank acknowledges that only the Lord prepares people to embrace the church. Nevertheless, he resolves to play his part as passionately as he is able.

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