First-Person Notes Archives


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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Seeking and finding God

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

A young man I know lost his dad who died in a Christian Science care facility even though the practitioners were working overtime. This destroyed his faith. (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…)

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…)

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…)

Mind power is not enough

Friday, March 18th, 2016

My mother was a devout Christian Scientist as were my grandparents on both sides. My father tacitly endorsed the CS line but was more consumed by material success than spiritual journeys. They would drop my brothers and me off (more…)

Lessons of one eventful day

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Yesterday was a day that seemed to serve up a constant reminder that I live in a broken world. As a former Christian Scientist, I process days like yesterday much differently now. (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…)

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…)

How a ‘little maid’ led me to Christ

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

My dad loved to quote a church signboard he once saw: “Be careful what you say and do. You may be someone’s only contact with the Bible.” I saw the force of that with new clarity (more…)

They ask: What happened to you?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

What happened to me was that I realized I couldn’t make it without Jesus and his Cross. (more…)

Remembering Carl Gans

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The many friends of Carl Gans, co-founder of the Ananias Circle, mourn his sudden passing last week and extend our loving support to his family. My affection for Carl, and my gratitude to him as an elder brother in Christ, are beyond words. (more…)

After fourteen years

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Paul writes of having spent fourteen years, after his conversion on the Damascus road, coming to know Jesus better and preparing for the fulness of his missionary work (more…)

Captured by the Hound of Heaven

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Here is another in our interview series. On this site in the past, Linda Kramer and Carl Gans have answered my questions about how they know God, why they left Christian Science, (more…)

When Jesus pursues, none escape

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Francis Thompson’s classic poem about Jesus in pursuit, “The Hound of Heaven,” came to mind yesterday after talking with Beth about her husband’s almost-there move from Christian Science to the Cross. (more…)

Each of us must choose

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Beth, the wife of Dave, whose situation is described in the post just before this one, left a couple of phone messages for me in the hope of talking privately about his dawning faith in Christ, (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…)

Unscriptural textbook

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Editor: Many of us within the Ananias circle, even if we’ve never met in person, feel a close kinship through the shared experience of finding Jesus, the pearl of great price. The brotherly bond between Jim Ritchie in Alabama and Phil Moser (more…)

Brother Jim Ritchie looks west

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

God knew what He was doing when two college guys worked the summer of 1962 at a Christian Science camp, then didn’t see each other again until 2010, each having found their way to the Cross in the years between. Jim Ritchie of Alabama (R) was reunited with John Andrews of Colorado this week,

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