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Reaching out at South by Southwest

Every year since 1987 my city, Austin, Texas, has hosted an event called South by Southwest (SXSW). It’s a ten-day film festival, technology conference, and music festival, and is considered a breeding ground for innovation and new talent.
A man purchases two copies of the Spanish translation of Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to take to his brothers during a visit to his home country. A woman, originally from Mexico and now going through a difficult divorce, finds help from a Spanish translation of Science and Health , a copy of El Heraldo, and a Spanish translation of the pamphlet “ God’s Law of Adjustment.

Closing the lion’s mouth

The answer to a question in the March 2014 Journal about the actuality of the Daniel in the lions’ den story reminded me of a story my mother often shared with me. One day when she was three years old, her family drove to a gas station, where the owner kept a large, vicious, snarling dog chained up on the property.
Many years ago while reading through the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy, I came across the following By-Law: “Christian Science Nurse. SECT.

Accepting Soul’s mastery

I have heard many times among students of Christian Science that Soul is the synonym for God that is the most difficult one for them to understand. Isn’t this belief simply the carnal mind, the enemy of God (see Romans 8:7 ), trying to hide from our understanding one of the most important things for us to understand? There is really nothing vague or mysterious about Soul.

Focus on the view

How do you know you’re making progress when you’re climbing a mountain? The trail may be full of twists and turns, so it isn’t always easy to judge where you are by looking ahead or behind. So how do you know you’re getting where you want to go and are not just walking in circles?  You can always check out the view.

Never give up!

When a friend sent me a fridge magnet with the words “Never, never, never give up,” I thought it an admirable sentiment to follow. However, there’s more to it than just the human element of striving to achieve a goal.

Evolution: material or spiritual?

The 19th century was a time of explosive advances in material science and technology. The industrial revolution, in particular, had produced a vast expansion of mankind’s apparent power to produce and to destroy.

Praying ‘out of the angel’s hand’

In the Bible, the book of Revelation says, “The smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand” ( 8:4 ). To me, “out of the angel’s hand” is one of the most beautiful scriptural descriptions of how to pray.

The only thing that exists is goodness

For many people, good has become almost a trite word. Someone asks, “How are you doing?” and we automatically reply, “I’m good.