Holding Crime in Check

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon 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 out to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, and to all parents and teachers across the country.  And yet, as we enter the season of good will and peace on earth, we are challenged to find a way to address the unexplainable. Without some view of the 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

Doing good for the benefit of who?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I'm sure there are many examples of people selflessly helping others. What comes to mind for you? Perhaps someone who is well known, like Mother Teresa. Or perhaps there is someone you personally know who is a selfless giver, not expecting anything in return. I think immediately of incidents like: Hundreds of boat owners and ferry pilots converging on the Manhattan shoreline to evacuate stranded New Yorkers after the 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 Boomers are coming

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Roger Whiteway, my colleague from Virginia has a good point about how we should view health care reform and the burgeoning population of baby boomers.  He makes good points to ponder.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Roger Whiteway, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Virginia What do Sly Stalone, George W. Bush, Danny Glover and I have in common? This month we became eligible for Medicare coverage. Yes, the first wave of the Baby Boomers Continue Reading

Young people healing through prayer? Yep!

by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon There are those  times in our lives when we meet remarkable people.  The last two years have been one of those times for me.  You see, I get to meet with Christian Science college students at the University of Oregon every week.  They're incredible.  Their insights and understanding of the principles underlying the practice of Christian Science are unparalleled.  Two of them, Lauren and Denise, recently took the time to Continue Reading

True manhood

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It was another night of disagreement between my parents, which led to my father's inevitable drinking. He marched out to his truck with his rifles, saying he was going to kill himself. "You don't love me. Just wait until I'm gone, then you'll be sorry." As the oldest of three sons I once again was put in the position of the "adult", intervening, taking away his guns, and telling him to go back into the house. I had become Continue Reading

Hard Science, Not Science That’s Hard

In this blog post my colleague, Steve Salt, Committee on Publication for Ohio, talks about a topic that I have long been interested in.  Just what are hard and fast facts?  And how do they stand up against the test of time and new technology?  What does this have to do with Christian Science?  Interesting questions and an interesting discussion by Steve.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. Solid, factual, and truthful is how we like things. Get to the point. Continue Reading

Spirituality and Health: Inseparable

John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This post is by my friend and colleague, Keith Wommack, Committee on Publication for the great state of Texas.  I love this post because it introduces us to a truly enlightened individual in the medical field.  Thank you Keith for sharing your conversation with Dr. John K. Graham! By Keith Wommack, Chrisitan Science Committee on Publication for Texas. Last week, when our meeting first began, I had the feeling I was in the Continue Reading