Holding Crime in Check

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This piece was originally published on OregonLive last December not long after the shooting at Newtown, CT.  Emotions surrounding the shooting are still raw.  I thought it would be helpful to post my comments here, with a few changes to make it current. It’s never easy to see tragedies that undo lives and families and communities. In my 30 years of law enforcement I encountered plenty of this sort of thing. Our hearts go Continue Reading

Compassion to What End?

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve noticed an increase in the number of people on street corners asking for money the last several years. I have to admit that sometimes cynicism nags at me in response to the plea scribbled on a piece of cardboard in their hand. “Anything will help. God bless” Other times I just feel bad for the person holding the sign.  On rare occasions I actually give them some money.   I can’t explain why some people struck a chord Continue Reading

The promise of hope fulfilled

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What I know of Christmas today is certainly different than what I knew as a child. I was really caught up in the magic of the holiday: the Christmas tree, decorations, presents, special treats, and being out of school for two whole weeks. It was a magical time of year. As a child I was clueless about the sometimes unfortunate backstory of the magic. Stress, lack of money to buy gifts (or even to eat), being alone when you're supposed to be with family and friends, broken relationships, Continue Reading

Senior Moments

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My colleague, Bob Clark from Florida, has written a thoughtful blog challenging the notion that with maturity comes debilitation. He shares a healing of Alzheimer’s disease achieved through spiritual means alone. Whether or not you are a "senior", this is a blog worth reading. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Bob Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida I live in an area with a lot of wonderful older people, “seniors” as they’re Continue Reading

Prayer That Heals – A Reason for Blogging

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing this post from the blog of Shannon Horst, Christian Science Committee on Publication for New Mexico.  Her story is a clear and compelling example of why people, such as Shannon and I, choose Christian Science as their health care system.  It works!  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. For readers who follow this blog, you know that I generally post an original piece on Monday every week. Well, yesterday, I had every Continue Reading

Beyond Coping to Healing

Today's guest post is by a friend and colleague, Bob Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida.  His post is a beautiful discussion of where we need to be after dealing with a crisis.  Just coping may actually be more harmful than the healing that is necessary and  possible.  I know you will find Bob's post interesting and helpful.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. There’s coping with a crisis….and then there’s healing it. And there’s a Continue Reading

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

Can the Thoughts of Those Around Us Influence Our Health?

This is a question that we all need to seriously consider.  If it's true, what can we do about it?  What responsibility do we have for the health of those around us?  Are we contributing to their well-being, or are we having a negative effect on them.  All important questions to reflect upon. In his blog post, my friend and colleague Bill Scott, Christian Science Committee on Publication for the state of Washington, discusses these issues.  You will find it by clicking the link below.  John D. 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