Ananias Essays Archives

Mary Baker Eddy: Who Was She?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

“What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” asks Pilate in Matthew 27:22. I decided many years ago, after half a lifetime in Christian Science, that my own answer to that question must be to acclaim Jesus as Savior and Lord and thus to place him on the throne of my heart. (more…)

How we found our Saviour

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Editor: Tanner and Hillary Johnsrud recently left the Christian Science church, and the public practice, to rededicate their lives to Jesus Christ and receive baptism in a Presbyterian church. We asked Tanner to tell their story. (more…)

Broken cisterns dry up Christmas

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
At our church on Christmas Eve, the sermon was on what Mark meant by “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” At my son and daughters’ church the previous day, the sermon was on what the angels meant by telling Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds, “Be not afraid.”


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…)

‘With You Always’ probes MBE hymns

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Posted on this website, in addition to the Ananias welcome letter I co-authored with others, are a number of essays relating my decision (more…)

Discovering a larger God

Monday, March 12th, 2007

(Journal entry, June 1998, John Andrews) I found an admirable God in the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy in the first 40 years of my life. But then I found a truly awesome God, the Adorable One, in the pages of the Bible. This God soon took me by storm.

This was a larger God, a God who was willing and able to do amazing things that Mrs. Eddy’s God could not or would not do. I just had to follow this wonderful God. I just had to give myself to him totally.

This God could and did make the whole world around us, the actual physical universe. That God whom Mrs. Eddy presented did not make any of it.

This God could and did create the human me, all of me, body and mind, heart and soul, the person that I am here and now, and all the human beings that people my world. That God, again, did nothing of the kind. (more…)

I thought I was a Christian

Monday, March 12th, 2007
    “A man may honestly think himself honest, and a fresh week’s
    experience may make him doubt it altogether. I sorely want a God
    to make me honest. ” – George MacDonald, Paul Faber

    “So foolish was I and ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee.” – Psalms 7 3:22

    “And the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” – Acts 11:26

(Journal entry, July 1997, John Andrews) I did indeed think I was a Christian. I called myself one, and I most earnestly claimed to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

I tried to center my life on God as he did. I lived by his Sermon on the Mount and the Ten Command-ments. I went to church every week and read the Bible every day. I ordered my thinking by the Lord’s Prayer, even worked at healing by prayer after the Master’s own example.

But I had never really come to know Jesus Christ. Not recognizing Jesus as God incarnate, how could I enthrone him as Lord in my heart? John’s self held that throne.

Affirming my own perfection and denying sin, how could I receive Jesus as the loving Savior who died on the cross for me personally? John was in no need of saving. (more…)