It is striking to me how often in the New Testament a woman is the one anointed for the holy task of bearing witness to the Christ-presence. The one to confirm that the Christ is come to a dark and waiting world. Read more
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! And to each one of us who has expressed strength, courage, support and care for another.
We all include and express those Father-like qualities! They aren’t limited to gender. They are spiritual (just like Motherhood qualities are) and within all of us.
I deeply enjoyed this audio interview. I hope you will enjoy it, too. It really shows how no matter what the human fathering scene has been like in our life, we have always had and always will have our one, real, true Father God. God is tenderly loving and caring for each one of us. Christ Jesus illustrated such a tender, trusting relationship with our Father praying in such a way as: “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.And I know that You always hear Me…” (John 11:41-42 NKJV) and calling Him “Abba” or Daddy.
So if you are in need of some healing in the father scene – looking for a lasting sense of fatherhood in your life or wanting to be a better father – I hope this audio chat will inspire you!
I came across an article with a provocative headline the other day. It read, “Study: Ogling women makes them worse at math.” Basically, the study wanted to figure out what happened when men and women felt objectified, something the researchers defined as people being “judged on body parts or sexual function without regard to other aspects of their personality.” So several members of the study team were trained to stare at men and women in an inappropriate way, then the men and women were asked to take a math test.
The women who were objectified did worse than women in a control group who were not. (The men showed no difference.) Moreover, other research has shown that women do worse on math tests when they are told before starting: “Girls are bad at math.”
We often think of contagion as being a process of microbes and viruses. But how often do we think about mental contagion? Yes, we admit that we are influenced by our friends, our parents, our co-workers. Still, these studies are shocking – showing the degree to which we unconsciously allow others’ thoughts to shape our experience. This is mental tyranny, and thankfully it is something that we can summarily reject.
How? We can start by understanding our origin and nature. Mary Baker Eddy, the author of “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (see p. 525), refers to the Icelandic Bible translation of this verse from the first chapter of Genesis: “And God said, Let us make man after our mind and our likeness; and God shaped man after His mind; after God’s mind shaped He him; and He shaped them male and female” (verse 27).
So all that we are is the likeness of God’s mind. We are not a body to be ogled or a brain of doubtful mathematical aptitude. We are an image of God’s thought, and the allness of God precludes the intrusion of anything unlike this perfect likeness in this image. This frees us from aggressive mental intrusion… Read more