• Circle of Hope in South Jersey does a car wash and delivers compassion.

    Moved by Love and Blessing

    Some Things are Free! My friend Donna’s post on Facebook over the weekend moved me. I thought the world should see it. It encapsulates what being Circle of Hope is all about. It inspires me to keep creating the church with anyone who will show-up… Her Facebook post is especially

  • Panel discussion for Quest: the Fury and the Sound including Quest and Jon Olshefski at Circle of Hope

    Quest: The Fury and the Sound

    Friday night I attended a great event at 2007 Frankford Ave. Jon Olshefski and crew gave us a sneak peek of his ten-year labor of love: Quest: the Fury and the Sound. It is always fun to be packed in a room full of Philly’s diversity. I met new and old

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    One of the world’s best twentysomethings

    When we went to Assisi, I booked a hotel that looked like it might be on the outskirts of town—it had a place for a car unlike the medieval streets closer to the shrine. I was nervous when we first went in, thinking I might have made a mistake that

  • Circle of Hope team at the Lupus Loop

    We run and walk because Lupus affects our community

    It’s time once again for the Lupus Loop! Last year our community showed up in a big way on behalf of those who have been diagnosed with Lupus. We raised over $2300 and had 86 people show up on a chilly morning to support our friends! We received an award for

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    Passion might be overrated

    Siri tells me that passion means “strong and barely controllable emotion” and I’m like, “Isn’t that a bit extreme?” And she just keeps repeating herself. (Try it, you’ll see) People often describe me as passionate, enthusiastic and the like, and I have often said that my job as a pastor is

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    Want to move to Canada after last night’s debate? I have another way.

    We have bigger fish to fry Some of my friends were talking last night after the presidential debate about how they felt dissatisfied with both Hillary and Trump. They saw glaring weaknesses in both candidates and have a hard time figuring out how to trust them to lead the country.

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    It’s nice to have a good reputation

    There are so many great stories going around about what God is doing this week!! (note double exclamation!!) I look forward to them all being told. Today, let’s start with one about how our bad reputation got healed. A person came to our new meeting in the Northwest. They thought

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    Israel/Palestine: Dismantling Barriers

    Call on Congress to dismantle barriers standing in the way of a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis Join Christians and others around the world in praying, educating, and advocating for a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis this week through the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel. This year’s

  • Circle of Hope compassion team at the 2016 Lupus Loop

    Exercising Compassion

    One of our proverbs here at Circle of Hope is, “We hope compassion is among the first things people notice about us.” Compassion is very deliberately baked into who we are as a community. It is part of our DNA as a body of Jesus followers. We have ensconced compassion into

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    Identity and purpose of the church

    Identity was the word of the year in 2015, according to Dictionary.com and Time magazine. Stories about race, gender, sexuality and nationality dominated the news and academic circles. There was a lot of interest in the way individuals or members of a group are perceived, understood, accepted, or shut out. We