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Beware the “Christianity and” fallacy

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

“To the Son of God alone faith ought to look; on him it relies; in him it rests and terminates. If it proceed farther, it will disappear, and will no longer be faith, but a delusion.” (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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Closer to Calvary?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Sizing Up the Next Generation Fellowship

Lifting up “Jesus Christ, and him crucified,” in the words of I Corinthians 2:2, is unusual for Christian Scientists. But there is a new group in St. Louis who talk more like followers of the cross than Mrs. Eddy’s devotees usually do. What are we to make of them? (more…)

Hear Lewis’s classic of the faith

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Originally presented as radio talks during the Second World War, C. S. Lewis’s beloved Mere Christianity returned to the airwaves on Easter 2009 with an oral reading by my daughter and me on Backbone Radio, (more…)

Don’t miss Easter’s real meaning

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

For me on this holy weekend, the contrast couldn’t be more stark between our Catholic parish’s moving Easter Vigil liturgy and what I remember of Easter as a Christian Scientist. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, suffered on the cross and rose from the dead to redeem us (more…)

Who are today’s ‘women at the cross’?

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Jesus’ mother and the other women keeping vigil on Calvary weren’t metaphysicians. They were personal followers of the personal Jesus, the only begotten Son, their saving Lord, God in the flesh. But Mary Baker Eddy writes as if (more…)