by Don Ingwerson
Looking back on my own life, I can truly affirm that spiritual cultivation brings with it a happier, healthier life, and that it is important to live and share this spiritually based life.Continue Reading
A guest post written by Alan Galt from Carlsbad, California
A central but challenging principle for many students of Christian Science is the concept that matter and the material body are unreal. A cherished statement from the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, begins with the radical declaration, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.”Continue Reading
Are there benefits from sharing one’s religious beliefs? My colleague Eric Nelson, Committee on Publication for Northern California, posted a thoughtful blog that originally appeared on Communities Digital News. Eric writes:
Although I have no scientific evidence to back me up, I’d say a good number of religious people, as engaged and compassionate as they may be, live in a bubble. I should know. I’m one of them.
This bubble is enormous. So enormous, in fact, that I’m able to do just about anything I want – pursue a career, spend time with friends and family, travel the world, get a haircut – all without having to leave my comfort zone; that is, without having to divulge my deeply held religious interests.
Some would say this is probably a good thing, the thought being that once the cat’s out of the bag, there’s no telling what might happen: Either I’ll be put in a position of having to justify my faith, or my presumably nonreligious audience will think that I’m trying to convert them.
Read more from Eric Nelson’s blog.
A guest post written by Ginny Nilsen, California
Besides my desktop computer, I use a laptop, a notebook, and an iPhone for sending e-mails. Each has a uniquely different keyboard and sometimes my fingers don’t quite adapt to the placement of the keys unless my thought is adapted to the application I am using at the time.
Recently, I ended an email to a friend on my iPhone, “Grinny Ginny” and (bless the Apple’s computer programmer’s heart), the iPhone thought I should be typing “Grumpy Ginny.” It made me laugh. But had I not seen the correction before it was sent, who knows what the recipient would have thought when receiving my message.Continue Reading
A guest post by Graham Bothwell from La Cañada Flintridge, California
I’ve come to understand that we all have every reason to believe that a higher power is behind life itself, including the universe. Many of us have had an occasional unplanned experience that was unpleasant; however, there is always the option of turning to a higher power in finding a resolution to the issue. I’ve found protection even in a situation where I felt trapped, which could be a human circumstance of feeling compromised, or perhaps experiencing a physical difficulty. So many people have found that if they understand even a little about the underlying spiritual nature of their being, subject only to good, limitations are naturally reduced until they fade away. Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, wrote of the power of understanding true, spiritual identity in this way: “Starting from a higher standpoint, one rises spontaneously, even as light emits light without effort; for ‘where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’”Continue Reading
A guest post written by Scott FitzRandolph from Los Angeles, California
Just after graduating from college, I – for the first time – started to read the Bible. The most memorable impact this reading had on me was this realization: Jesus in just a few years did remarkable things – in modern times they would most likely be called “miracles.” Diseases, deformities, death – no human limitations and suffering were beyond his healing reach.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
Life coach Cheryl Hunter challenges her listeners to help others in order to help themselves. Her counsel suggests that by helping others you get rid of those purposeless, empty, and unfulfilling feelings that can affect health. She is not alone in that counsel; helping others can take countless forms and come from many motivations.
This is not new counsel. In the Bible we read similar statements: “Freely you have received, freely give.” – Matt 10:8
Is Christian Science a form of the Prosperity Gospel? My colleague Keith Wommack of Texas published a response in the Houston Chronicle. Here is what Keith wrote:
Christian Scientists love the Bible. We feel the same love and adoration for Jesus as other Christians do. A recent commentary in the Chronicle (Prosperty gospel may be United States’ new civil religion) left a number of misimpressions about both our values and our understanding of Jesus’ teaching.
Christian Science is not a form of the Prosperity Gospel. It does not teach that “God dispenses material wealth and health based on what we ‘decree’”. Christian Scientists don’t turn to God for money or to somehow get God to do what we want. True prayer as we understand it begins with the humble desire to learn more of God’s presence and goodness – to seek His will, not one’s own.
Read more from Keith Wommack’s response to inaccuracies.
by Don Ingwerson
I am always interested in new findings on spirituality, and it’s been really interesting to hear about spirituality in relation to children. Studies have now been done with children throughout the world, from the wealthy Christian homes in Canada to the poverty stricken children in New Delhi, and the results are the same: children have an innate spirituality.
Case in point, awhile ago we took our grandson to Disneyland to celebrate his 4th birthday and as we approached the park we said, “Asher we’re celebrating something very special with you today, what is it?”
“Eternity,” he said.Continue Reading
Are there solutions to memory loss? My colleague Wendy Margolese from Northern Ontario, Canada answers this question with a spiritual perspective. Wendy’s remarks were recently published in several Metroland Media outlets. Wendy writes. Continue Reading