The next chapter

Right now you’re holding a new issue of the Sentinel—or looking at or listening to it on a device. And you may be doing any of these things while taking a walk, working from home, or eating lunch. You might already have used your smartphone to scan a QR (quick response) code in an article or testimony and found yourself instantly online and able to listen to an audio recording of that same piece. But wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you are at a significant moment because of the ideas you’re about to engage with.

That’s the important thing. The ideas. Because as much as technology and connectivity and speed affect how we read or listen to (or, eventually, watch) Sentinel content, it’s the spiritual ideas and inspiration you find here that make all the difference. 

We live in a world of thought. So how and what we think determines everything about our experience, and daily affects the world beyond us. No wonder the first page of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this magazine, claims, “The time for thinkers has come.” The author goes on to say what really deserves and needs our thinking: “Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-stone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal.”

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