Experiences Archives


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…)

How I learned Jesus loves us

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

I was asked to put down on paper my conversion to orthodox Christianity. I was happy to do this for two reasons. (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…)

Hunger and obedience, lifelong

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Do you have a lifetime theme verse from the Bible? Reflecting on this is a way of seeing into your spiritual autobiography, the arc of what God is doing with your life story. Our pastor recently asked about mine, and I realized (more…)

Realizing we can’t be our own savior

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Initially, I left the local Christian Science church when I saw hypocrisy in myself and the local branch church where I was an active member. I could no longer pretend we all had perfect lives. We defended bylaws we could not and did not keep. (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…)

Three simple questions

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A Christian Scientist whom I first met some years ago, a younger man we’ll call Mike, recently asked me why I left Christian Science. I sensed he was open to a full and honest explanation. (more…)

Into light from darkness

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

When I received Christ in 1989 I began the long journey of becoming a believer and leaving the dogma and darkness of Christian Science behind me. It was a slow process of untangling (more…)

Ten Years Saved

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Coming from four generations of Christian Scientists on both sides, the process of leaving Science was slow for me at first, then suddenly fast. When devoted to CS, I had no idea of the immense amount of false teaching (more…)

A total change of heart

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The last ten-plus years have constituted a mental struggle leading at last to my departure from Christian Science.  I was a fourth-generation Scientist, class taught, (more…)

It started with a Web search

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Why did I always feel like something was missing? I am have been married for 17 years, have three incredible children, a dear husband who I adore and live a very full life. (more…)

How Christmas undid me

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Christmas is beloved to me a season of new birth personally, as well as a celebration of Jesus’ birth. Over the years as a young adult Christian Scientist, raising our kids, teaching Sunday school, active with Adventure Unlimited and Principia, I found it harder and harder (more…)

Pray for an open door

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Carl Gans of Santa Barbara, originator of the idea for this website, here concludes the interview he and I began back in May. “Pray that God would open a door of conversation,” he urges in reply to my final question regarding our intercession (more…)

Immersed myself in Scripture

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Carl Gans, my yokefellow in starting this website (see Philippians 4:3), has contributed the second part of his reply to a blog interview I began with him some weeks ago. (more…)

An interview with Carl Gans

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Carl Gans of Santa Barbara, California, is a husband, father, attorney, and one of the founders of this website. The Ananias letter on our home page, though cosigned by several of us, was his idea, and I have personally been strengthened a great deal (more…)

Experiences & Reasons Why

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I am sharing this with you because I love all Christian Scientists. God has laid it upon my heart to put down in writing certain aspects of my life and my spiritual journey (more…)

Echoes of an unspoken sermon

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Morning. Thoughts about life; about music. I make coffee and pour a cup. Max, the Chowderhead, is fed and lying at my feet. I pick up staff paper, blank – and pencil, loaded. Nothing comes. (more…)

Mike’s decision for Christ

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Mike Norman, a New England man in his fifties, will remember the weeks from Labor Day to Election Day 2008 not so much for the economic or political headlines as for his new birth (more…)