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To mark or not to mark . . .

… that is the question being asked by some readers of The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons as a result of a change in the number of citations in the Bible Lesson. In looking at the guidelines for compiling these Lessons, the Christian Science Board of Trustees asked if it was essential to limit the Bible Lesson Committee (BLC) to only 30 citations in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and 24 in the Bible.

Health care reform law—brief update

Beginning in 2014, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), virtually all Americans will need to have a medical health insurance plan that meets federal requirements, or pay a tax penalty. (Those who are enrolled in Medicare or another government health plan will be treated as complying with the law.

The gospel-centered church

In October, 800 people from many different churches and denominations gathered in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 30 miles north of Boston, for an all-day celebration in prayer, song, and conversation of the 125th anniversary of the founding of Vision New England. This is an organization committed to “intentional” and “relational” evangelism among the “diverse members of the body of Christ” in the northeastern United States, bringing them together regularly, so that they can be more effective in “kingdom building.

Every health need met

On the evening of September 24, three members of the Christian Science Committee on Publication’s US Federal Office were joined by Kevin Ness (General Counsel of The First Church of Christ, Scientist) as moderator, in an 80-minute live online “town hall”-style meeting to primarily answer questions from Christian Scientists on how the US “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” — known as the ACA — may affect them. Signed into law by President Obama in March 2010 and designed to make health care more accessible and affordable, this comprehensive health-care reform law impacts individuals, employers, and insurance companies, and includes a mandate for individuals who can afford it to be enrolled in a health insurance plan or else pay a tax penalty.

'Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times'

All those words which were written long ago are meant to teach us today. —Romans 15:4, J.

Muslim holiday of Ramadan begins

On July 9, the world’s one billion Muslims will begin to celebrate Ramadan, which many think of as the holiest holiday in Islam. Ramadan is a time of self-purification and self-sacrifice.

Living the Golden Rule—globally

In 2008, over 154,000 people gathered in Seattle, Washington, (along with seven million who watched online) to talk about compassion. Anchored by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others, the five-day meeting explored ways that children and adults could commit to living with compassion for others and for themselves.

Pope Francis is warning Catholics not to demonize those who are not members of the church, and he specifically defended atheists, saying that building walls against non-Catholics leads to “killing in the name of God. ” “… this ‘closing off’ that imagines that those outside, everyone, cannot do good is a wall that leads to war and also to what some people throughout history have conceived of: killing in the name of God,” Francis said Wednesday (May 22) in remarks at the informal morning Mass that he celebrates in the chapel at the Vatican guesthouse where he lives.

South Africa: prayer for solutions

It’s hard to open a newspaper in South Africa without being saddened by front-page stories about police corruption and brutality, the abuse of women, and the misuse of political power. Yet, almost everyone you meet shows some measure of hope and a determination to help make things better—very often through prayer.

The big picture

When news is disturbing, it’s worth looking at the big picture. Earth is home to more people than at any time in history.