Why I’ll skip Amazon Go and keep shopping at the Reading Terminal Market

“Let the market alone.” That’s the rule of laissez-faire capitalism. The invisible hand is the discerning factor of the market. Capitalism offers us goods and services and if they sell, that is discernment enough. (The most we should do, according to the strictest capitalists, is modify interest rates.) What is marketable, popular, and sell-able, that is […]

Sharing helps undo my inner Han Solo and George Costanza

Rod tweeted the other day that “alternativity,” a term that we’ve thrown around a lot in Circle of Hope over the last year (just search my posts to see how much I’ve been talking about it), is just that, a word, if it doesn’t have a common purse. One of the most radical things Christians […]

Why I might stop watching The Walking Dead

Our obsession with anti-heroes Despite my two kids, I managed to view the season premiere of what was one of my favorite shows: The Walking Dead. I won’t spoil anything for you, not out of principle, but just because the story isn’t really worth telling. It’s just too negative, too vengeful, and too full of violence. […]

The enslavement of not having a master

How our options trap us How do our material options and economic liberties complicate our spiritual life? The freedom in Christ lacks the kind of submission to Him that one may think causes our choices to be easier. Our American life of freedom and liberty is full of complicated decisions. In this context, our passion, our heart […]

Learning to trust the content (that’s you), and not the containers

This post originally appeared at circleofhope.net/blog. Richard Rohr speaks to my heart It’s not so often that I read a book and I find myself physically nodding with the author as if she were speaking to me. This happened recently when I was reading my new favorite Richard Rohr book. To be honest, I generally take […]

Why I am marched against the DNC last week

This post originally appeared at circleofhope.net/blog. Speaking truth to power With the DNC in Philly, our town has warmly (literally) received thousands of visitors intent on making the powers hear their voices. The powers have set their stage at the Wells Fargo Center and the people are marching. As a church planter and peacemaker, I […]