What is the spiritual meaning?

Have you ever read the story of the woman of Canaan who comes to Jesus to ask him to heal her daughter? Matthew 15:21-28. Last semester in one of my classes at theology school we went over this passage, and there were many conflicting opinions about what it means. And sure enough, at first glance it seems like Jesus is awfully harsh on this Canaanite woman, saying that he wasn’t sent for her and that “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” (15:26) Why is this his response to her request for healing?

I think this story makes a little more sense when taken in context and when thinking about its deeper, spiritual meaning. Going back through the Hebrew Scriptures (not to mention other ancient texts) it becomes apparent that Canaanites worshiped other gods than Israel’s one God. There was a longstanding tradition of Israel’s prophets and leaders warning against association with Canaanites for fear of the people falling into idolatry. And the passage where Jesus meets a Canaanite woman comes right after an interaction between Jesus and some scribes and Pharisees who accuse him of breaking with tradition.

So what does all this mean? Well, what if Jesus’ words were really a challenge to idolatry? And going further, what if this interaction is an example of Jesus’ challenge to take the Gospel of Love to every creature and not to let tradition keep us in a mindset that others who aren’t like us don’t deserve healing and salvation, that they can’t enter the kingdom of God? After all, the story ends with Jesus calling the woman’s faith “great” and a wonderful healing of her daughter. Jesus spoke to and healed people who were commonly outsiders to his society, and maybe his harsh words in this case were aimed more at the mindset of those around him than at this woman who so clearly recognized Jesus and his spiritual ministry.

Please join us Wednesday evening at the bank (see address below) for more readings involving this story and time to share testimonies of healing, love, and gratitude!

Also: first time to a Christian Science church service?  Find out what to expect by checking out our “Services” page: https://jpchurch.com/services/

@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map). 10:35-11:35 AM, EST, on Sunday and 7:35-8:35 PM, EST, on Wednesday.
-Or by phone (605) 475-4000, code: 636128#

Sharing, support, love – tonight

Hi there,

Just wanted to let you know: this church’ll be having a beautiful, soulful meeting tonight that you might want to know about. It’s our Wednesday night meeting, and it’s open to anyone (on the phone and in person)—whether you’ve known about Christian Science for a long time, or just found out about it today… or anywhere else on that spectrum.

This service, and the members of this church, are about Christian healing—sharing our experiences, supporting each other as we grow & learn, and expecting that people will experience healing during the church services. We’re expecting that tonight, too!

More info about the time/location/call-in number are at the end of this post.

Have a beautiful day,
-the JP Church clerk

Details about tonight’s service:

@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
7:35-8:35 PM, EST.
-In person, or by phone (605) 475-4000 x 636128
what: An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, testimony sharing, and pure Love.

Sharing Scientific progress

It’s an exciting time.

I’m into this stuff, so I can’t help but spill about it: this last week or so, physicists have been beside themselves with a possible epic discovery.  There’s a lot physics explains well, but there is a time that it doesn’t understand, which happened some 13 billion years ago.  Most of that 13 billion years it covers pretty well, way back into an early age before our periodic table, when the first elements were being forged.  But the current model of physics gets confused about one second before that story started… if you look it up, you’ll hear lots of stories about high temperatures, singularities, quantum gravity, and eternity, but the main message is one of confusion (and possibility!).  Well, last week, a discovery was made: a faint pattern within a faint glow in the sky was detected, and it seems to be a relic of quantum gravity waves.  That would make it a picture of the universe a billion billion times closer to that mysterious point of confusion, answering a lot of questions, and raising more.   Wanna see it?  It won’t mean much without a lot more context, but here it is:

BICEP2 B-modes

The Christian Science Monitor has a couple good articles if you want to hear more.  Or ask questions in the comments below!

An immense discovery like this sparks a huge scientific debate over its veracity, its implications, its mysteries.  As it should — that’s how science works.  It’s part of the famous “scientific method”:

scientific method

A dear friend of mine recently shared how he sees the scientific method as most relevant to his life:

“1. Purpose – Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.
2. Research – Get to know God and your neighbors by spending time with them.
3. Hypothesis – ‘God is Love’ (I John 4:16)
4. Experiment: Take actions throughout your day that show what Love looks like.
5. Analysis – Record these actions and ask whether they made you feel love and others feel loved.
6. Conclusion: Ask yourself, ‘Did the choices I made today show that my God is Love?’ 

Regardless of the answer, give thanks, adjust accordingly, and get ready to do it again!!!”

Like cosmology, this application of the scientific method can teach us a lot about where we’ve come from and what the nature of the universe is.  Unlike cosmology, it’s practical!  (Don’t tell any of my cosmologist friends I said that! 😉 )

One feature a high-school version of the scientific method usually omits is the social component of science: the collaboration, debate, discussion, sharing, helping that is integral to advancement of understanding.  Just as the cosmologists are currently debating their new discovery, a lot of us are engaged in this Scientific endeavor to apply Jesus’ teachings to live more lovingly and experience radical healing, and we regularly share our discoveries, progress, challenges, and successes with each other, both formally and informally.  One form this takes is our weekly meeting on Wednesday evenings.  We’re having one tomorrow (Wednesday) evening: won’t you join us?  7:35 (EDT) @ 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, MA, or via 1.605.475.4000 x636128.  See you there!

Towards Truth,

Grant and jpchurch

Warm welcome: Wednesday with one-time whereabouts


We’d love to welcome you to our Wednesday night meeting this week, the centerpiece of which is sharing experiences of applying understanding of God’s love in our lives.  We’re at a different location this time: 66 Williams St., Apt. 2, in JP.  And you can always call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.  Time’s 7:35pm (EDT).

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Wednesday sharing meeting: fresh thought

If you look back it this blogs’ posts, articles, and blog-friends, you might notice that we really like the Bible and this book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which helps us understand and apply the Science underpinning the Bible. For an open thought, reading these books begins (or continues) a spiritual and practical journey of uplift, healing, love, and understanding.  For some, just reading Science and Health has resulted in profound healing.  So, we regularly read topically-selected passages from these books at our church services and Wednesday meetings.

But if these books are so great, why do we take time weekly to open up the floor to whoever wants to speak?  Well, the books are great and we do read from them regularly, but it’s so important to keep thought fresh, diverse, and vivid.  The books have all those qualities, but there’s really something special about sharing in person how I, you, we apply these spiritual concepts in our individual walks of life, from pacifying family squabbles, to overcoming cancer or depression, to praying about hurricanes or war, to bicycling, rollerblading, running, or sky-diving safely and beautifully.  It’s touching, useful, beautiful, and affirming.  Combined with a bit of readings, singing, fellowship, and occasional discussion, it can make for a great Wednesday night.

This Wednesday, as most Wednesdays, we are meeting at 7:35pm at the community room on 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, MA, with a phone-in line at (605) 475-4000 x636128.  We’d be thrilled if you joined us!

Much love,

All are welcome: Wednesday

We’ll be sharing how we apply Christianity in our lives, with a bit of readings and hymns, too.  Come join us!  We’d love to hear from you, or just have you there.  687 Centre St. in JP @ 7:30pm on Wednesday, available by phone at (605) 475-4000 x636128.

God loves you.

Wednesday meeting: sharing God’s love

God loves you.  I’m not sure if there’s a sentence more profound.  Just think: the all-powerful King of everything, who happens to know you better than you know yourself, thinks you’re particularly great.

Anyway, recognition, application, and appreciation of this fact can lead to amazing healing.  We’ll be sharing about it tonight (Wednesday) at 7:35, @ 687 Centre St. in JP.  We’d so love for you to join us!  (Or by phone at (605) 475-4000 x636128 or Skype by messaging christian.science.jp.church !)

Called! to a testimony meeting Wednesday

Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sarah was impatient, Elijah was depressed, Moses stuttered, Zaccheus was short, Abraham was old, Lazarus was dead

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED!


Have you done good, experienced good, or grown, despite something in your life saying there’s bad?  That’s how Love rolls, bud.  Come share it with us.  Our pastor and we will be sharing similarly.  7:35pm Wednesday, @ 687 Centre St. or 1.605.475.4000 x636128.  (Skypers, email one of us.)

Healing service with testimonies

So, if you haven’t caught on, we meet every Wednesday, and an important part of that meeting is sharing “experiences, testimonies, and remarks” with each other.  It’s so beautiful to share how we’ve experienced healing in bodily health, emotional health, career, romance, other relationships… or even all of those at once, as a dear writer published in a periodical called the Christian Science Sentinel this week.  Her account details a simultaneous healing of her eye, anxiety, a childrearing issue, a troubled business, and a rocky marriage.  Her testimony begins, “I found myself in a dark place,” but ends:

Christian Science gives us dominion and freedom and teaches us how to face every challenge—by seeing harmony in our lives right now! I am most grateful.

If you’ve experienced healing in your life, please share it with us!  Ideally by attending or phoning in, but if you can’t make it, why not leave it in the comments?

If you’d like to hear more about such healings, come on by and we’ll be so glad to share with you.  Or browse around the website linked above.  Or contact us.  God’s love is truly palpable, and we’d love to share that experience with you.

To join us this Wednesday evening, drop by 687 Centre St. in JP.  We’ll begin the meeting at 7:35pm.  You’re also invited to phone in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.

Love and health are yours.

Sharing, healing, service

Our church is wonderfully equipped with a midweek service, wherein we get to share our inspiration from the scriptures, from the key thereto, and from our own daily experiences.  Such sharing is a high expression of love, and strengthens us all.  Also, there’s some really good singing.  It’s really beautiful to be there.  Want to join us this week?  We meet at 7:35pm Wednesday at 687 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain.  (You can also call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.)