My name is Solomon Keal. I am a minister for the General Church of the New Jerusalem, which is a Swedenborgian Christian denomination. These are some of my thoughts about the Lord, the symbolic meanings in the Bible, life after death, faith, charity, usefulness, loving the Lord and one's neighbor, the 2nd Coming, Swedenborg's Writings, and other theological stuff.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Is the Lord Asking Us to be Perfect?

Here is a link to a sermon I gave in the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, on New Year's Day, 2012. "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matt 5:48). Is the Lord really asking us to be perfect?

Is the Lord Asking Us to be Perfect?  (Audio)

The Recipe for Spiritual Growth

Here are some links to a sermon I gave on the Parable of the Leaven (Luke 13:20,21). Why does the Lord compare the Kingdom of God to a woman adding leaven to bread-dough? Isn't leaven usually symbolic of something bad in the Word? And what does this have to do with us? What does this parable teach us about the recipe for our own spiritual growth?

Ivyland Adult Sermon (Video)

Ivyland Question and Answer (Video)

Ivyland Children's Talk about the Lord being the "Bread of Life." (Video)

Bryn Athyn Church Informal (Contemporary) Service (Audio)

Bryn Athyn Cathedral Sermon (Audio)

Moving from Haran to Canaan

Here is the link to a family talk I gave in the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. The subject is about Jacob leaving the land of Haran and returning to his homeland of Canaan. Spiritually the story is about changing what motivates us. Moving from the land of "doing good things for selfish reasons," to the land of "doing good things for unselfish reasons."

"Moving from Haran to Canaan" (Audio)