Storytelling and healing

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve been thinking about how the stories we hear and tell are a powerful way of learning and connecting.  Through our stories we connect with our past, we experience the present, and we anticipate the future. Many sacred texts such as the Bible are a compilation of stories that were passed on orally from generation to generation.  When the written word, and the ability to read, became more common and widespread, these Continue Reading

The remarkable rescue of Dale Ostrander

This touching story is brought to us by Bill Scott, my friend and colleague, and the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Washington.  This story clearly illustrates that the power of prayer is real.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. Posted on August 16, 2011 by Bill Scott This article first appeared on Blogcritics. Did you catch the news reports last week of the young boy who survived after being submerged 15-20 minutes underwater? For those Continue Reading

Lasting Health Benefits of Religious Attendance

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Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas, shares an inspiring blog post on the health benefits of attending church.  I want share it here so that my readers have the benefit of Keith's thoughts.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Keith Wommack You say you were dragged to church every week? You didn’t want to go? Your mother insisted it was good for you? Well, she was right. And in even more ways than she imagined. Turns out, Continue Reading

Sin’s impact on Health

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So just how does "sin" affect our health?  And just what is sin?  My colleague and friend, Keith Wommack, from the great state of Texas, has an interesting discussion on this topic. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas There is a lot of suffering these days, it seems. If I wanted to shoot hoops today, but the only sneakers I could find were a pair of size 8½ red high-tops, I’d be Continue Reading

Nursing that doesn’t fill a void

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What impact will health care reform in the United States have on the health care delivery system in Oregon? I’ve been watching this pretty closely. One trend, even before the current reform began, is the shortage of care givers. Now, with reform, there is increased access to care making the shortage worse. Availability of good health care is a concern to patients, policy makers, and legislators alike. In a recent article, Joe Rojas-Burke of The Oregonian points out that one way to meet this Continue Reading

Believe it or not, spirituality and prayer are a source of healing

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It’s interesting how some ideas come to us naturally.  And other ideas are just plain hard to wrap our thought around.  Our biases usually are the culprit in preventing us from seeing beyond our own point of view. There seems to be a tendency today to view medical science and spirituality as two distinct worlds that don’t intersect. Yet there are those glimmers of light where people are beginning to make the connection Continue Reading

Can the death of Confederate General ‘Stonewall’ Jackson shed light on the mental nature of health?

My friend and colleague, Bill Scott, Committee on Publication for  Washington, put this post up on his blog a couple of days ago.  It is an excellent discussion.  It would be well worth your time to read this.   John D. Clague, Committee on Publication for Oregon. Posted on April 13, 2011 by Bill Scott,  Lieutenant-General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Do the expectations and thoughts of the people around a patient influence the patient’s recovery from illness or injury? Marking today’s 150th Continue Reading

Health Management….or Healing?

My colleague and friend from Florida, Bob Clark, just posted this on his blog. He makes excellent points that all of us should take notice of. And be sure to click the link to the healing. It is quite extraordinary.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Robert Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida.  Posted on April 7, 2011 My friend and colleague in Massachusetts, Ken Girard, did it again. He publisheda blog that made me think. He was Continue Reading

From the myth of love to the essence of Love.

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Over the years my view of Valentine’s Day has dramatically changed.  Not because I’ve resigned myself to accept the commercialism associated with it.  Rather, because I’ve come to understand more deeply what this day represents. As a young guy in high school and college my notions of love were very different from what they are today. Back then, my concept of love was dependent upon another person, mainly a girlfriend, Continue Reading

Is it really Science?

This post is written by another friend and colleague or mine, Bob Clark, Committee on Publication for Florida.  He writes about a topic which is very important given the merging of consumerism, materialism, and health care.   I invite you to read this post and ponder its message carefully. John D. Clague. Committee on Publication for Oregon In my travels around the state of Florida, meeting with lawmakers and news-shapers from Pensacola to Miami, I’m often asked in what way is Christianity Continue Reading