Sunday, December 18, 2016

Racial Reality

In this post I want to share with you, my readers, some words from my friend, Gordon Ferguson:

"It dawns on me that one reason I write is to cleanse my soul from the impact of the racial struggles in our national past.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Election Security

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.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Absolute Dependence

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. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Be Listen

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).

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sharing My Password

This time last year, my mom ended her journey in this world and inherited the blessings promised to disciples of Jesus. Now I look forward to our reunion in the fullness of the Age to Come.
Shortly after her passing, I shared in this space how I found in her bedside drawer a very small piece of paper about the size of a post-it note on which she had written this:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Prank or a Plan?

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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Overcoming Disappointment

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.”