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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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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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Playing false with the Bible

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

When I initially left the Christian Science church and received Christian baptism, years ago, I regarded Mary Baker Eddy as a well-intentioned spiritual seeker who got some crucial things wrong but was still (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…)

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…)

The tyranny of hurt feelings

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

This post is about the hesitancy, or outright self-censorship, felt by many of us in telling our family and friends why we now follow Jesus instead of Mrs. Eddy. Sometimes that reticence even extends to going on record publicly about our reasons for leaving Christian Science, (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…)

My daily study: Different yet similar

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Does the morning quiet time with reading and prayer, so beloved to many Christian Scientists, go away when you leave Science to become a biblical Christian? It needn’t and shouldn’t. (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…)

‘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…)

On milk and meat

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Even though both could be either, we know milk as a liquid and meat as a solid. Solids in milk we intend to drink are usually a problem, but liquids in meat are fine: a nice, juicy steak. (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…)