Mrs. Eddy’s Children Archives


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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

MBE’s towering self-appraisal

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Who did Mary Baker Eddy think she was?  Who did she think Jesus was?  What was the Trinity to her?  What was the Bible’s authority to her?  What did she think was God’s plan (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…)

Mrs. Eddy’s Children, 100 Years On

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

As a newer follower of Jesus, I struggled with seeing objectively into my own mental landscape and life experience as Christian Science had shaped them. I felt the need to do this for two reasons. Stepping away from long-familiar thought patterns (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…)

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…)

‘Faith of fathers’ can mislead

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Are family reasons keeping you in Christian Science? Most of us feel a natural reverence for “the faith of our fathers.” But what is this really about? Although honoring our parents according to the Fifth Commandment is never optional, (more…)

The trouble with Mrs. Eddy’s trinity

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Trinitarian Christians pray in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mary Baker Eddy’s followers worship a different trinity, as I was reminded recently by a friend’s article (more…)

Scientists & Evangelicals: How different?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

What might Christian Scientists learn from evangelical Christians, especially as it relates to fostering church growth? Doesn’t Mrs. Eddy’s church manual suggest friendliness (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…)

‘Let us alone,’ say the demons

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Satan’s destructive intentions for us and his deadly struggle against Jesus were never made clear to me in 40 years of studying Christian Science, though they are evident throughout the Bible. (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…)