Articles by John Andrews

Writing his own ‘Psalm 151’

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

You sometimes hear of a group of Christians who describe themselves as an Acts 29 church, so committed are they to extending the Bible’s narrative of apostolic faithfulness into our own times. Similarly, a new follower of Jesus Christ whom I’ve recently met might be called a Psalm 151 believer. (more…)

Nothing to atone for?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Recently a friend asked me to attend her Christian Science church service. The Bible lesson was on “Doctrine of Atonement.” Twice a year for forty years, prior to leaving Science, (more…)

Activate your warranty

Monday, August 21st, 2017

My car, probably like yours, came with an owner’s manual, including a warranty on the first page. But frustratingly, the book does not answer a lot of obvious questions. Nor does the warranty cover everything. And it expired years ago anyway.

For my life, on the other hand, for the person I am, there is a manual that does have all the answers. The God who made me and owns me has spelled out complete “user instructions” in his written Word, the Bible.
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Dodging the ultimate question

Monday, August 7th, 2017

“What would you have me do, Lord?” Saul’s question to Jesus burdens me after a spiritual feast with old and new friends at the third national conference of the Fellowship of Former Christian Scientists, August 4-6 in St. Louis. (more…)

Which book is of God, hers or his?

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Mary Baker Eddy invites us to put her and her book to the test, “and so ascertain if the author has given you the correct interpretation of Scripture” (Science and Health, 547:7). We should do just that, with our eyes wide open to the divergence (more…)

No permission needed

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Why would any intelligent adult have to ask someone else’s permission before making up their mind about whether the Bible is true? They shouldn’t. There’s no need. (more…)

Lessen Christmas, diminish Jesus: Why?

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Anyone who says the way to have more truth and more life is to diminish Jesus Christ, is going to have a fight on their hands with me. (more…)

Lights on: An interview with Tom Stewart

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Tom Stewart is a man on a mission. His goal is that followers of Mrs. Eddy’s religion, such as he himself once was, “would no longer be confused about what Christian Science is, and that they be freed from its deception, and come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.” (more…)

Jesus in Pursuit: A True Story

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The son of one of the leading familiies in the Christian Science movement, cornered by events, finally feels himself forced to a choice between (more…)

The rich young ruler? That was me

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

At Christmas when we sing, “O come let us adore him,” who are we talking about? Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Messiah, right? Are we talking about an idea or a concept or a spirit-being (more…)

Hidden in plain sight

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Up to my mid-thirties I was a Christian Scientist following Mary Baker Eddy instead of Jesus. Then for a dozen years I was a Christian Scientist following Jesus and Mrs. Eddy both. Finally things reached a breaking point, (more…)

Fellowship sets 2nd annual conference 7/31 in St. Louis

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Who is the Son of God and why does it matter to you and me? That’s the theme for the second annual conference of onetime followers of Mrs. Eddy who now follow Jesus Christ, coming up July 31 – August 1 in St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Sermon: Celebrating Our Rebirth

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Here’s the other side of the coin, and a much happier side, from my previous post, “If not on this rock, where?” That one looks at the tendency of some people to assume that if Christian Science with its claim to be the final revelation (more…)

No freedom but in Jesus

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

“I was free born.” With these words in Acts 22:28, the Apostle Paul is making a purely political point. He is comparing notes with the centurion, a naturalized Roman, on how the two obtained their citizenship. (more…)

If not on this rock, where?

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Participating in the Fellowship of Former Christian Scientists with new friends from 8 states in St. Louis this weekend (for which, kudos to FFCS director Katherine Beim-Esche), I shared with them (more…)

FFCS announces August conference

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Ananias friends may be interested to know of a ministry getting on its feet among followers of Jesus who previously followed Mrs. Eddy and Christian Science. (more…)

Questions for a Christian Scientist

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Wouldn’t you want the whole Bible, every verse of its truth, every word of its love, and not just parts of it? Wouldn’t you want all of Christ Jesus, Jesus in his fulness (more…)

Salvation or therapeutics?

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Will Jesus return? Christians expect him to, based on the Bible. Christian Scientists don’t, based on Mary Baker Eddy’s writings. Her own appearing and lifework, she indicates, fulfilled (more…)

Nicodemus and me

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

“Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God,” says the night visitor to Jesus in John, Chapter 3. This ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus, clearly feels drawn to the man of Galilee (more…)

What is the mind of Jesus?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

During many years when I joined other Christian Scientists in promising to “watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus,” the full meaning (more…)