A majority of people on earth know that Americans go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a president. Around the world they are watching, because it is not business as usual. There is almost universal agreement that this has been the most contentious U.S. election in memory.
Friedrich Schleiermacher. Yes,
I know. You never heard of him. He died in 1834. He is sometimes called the
father of modern liberal theology.
The German theologian was on my mind a couple of weeks ago because I was teaching a class on the origins and content of liberal theology; not something I do that often. When I googled him to see if
his name was showing up in any recent articles, oddly, there it was in a June
27 Washington Post article about Donald Trump.
The following is an
updated version of a MCM published some time ago
Sometimes we need a mind change to overcome a challenging
circumstance like an illness or a loss. Sometimes we need a mind change to
overcome an obstacle that could stop a good work. But very often we need a mind
change because our minds are leading us to some wrong behavior.
James writes: “My dear brothers,
take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow
to become angry…” (James 1:19).
From time to time I need a reminder of the point made seven years ago in
the following Mind Change Moment:
Seven billion people now live on this planet. Each day they go in at
least seven billion directions. There is no shortage of activity in our world.
It is one busy place. But is there a plan? Is there any purpose behind the
universe? Are we here for a reason? Did someone put us here who had a plan for
our lives? When we ask such questions we are wrestling with one of the greatest
philosophical and spiritual issues of all time.
Life brings us some exhilarating moments as well as some
tough disappointments. It is interesting to look at the latter word:
dis-appointment. You thought you had an appointment with something good,
encouraging or uplifting. But you were “dissed.” Disappointments are so
hard to take that they are often described as “bitter disappointments.”