Feeling disillusioned after Trump? I have an idea for you.

I told the pastors this morning I was still sorting through my emotions after Trump’s victory last week. I range from being angry to sad to hopeful. It’s a complicated time for most Americans, it seems. In fact, it seems like less Americans voted this time than in recent elections, which some think is a […]

Raising my fist with Malcolm Jenkins for the beloved

This post originally appeared at circleofhope.net/blog. Jenkins is right, we have to do something On Monday, during the National Anthem, Eagles veteran safety and team leader Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist to point out racial inequality and injustice. And I raise my fist with him. I’m not trying to sort through all of the politics here, […]

How being disrupted can change our families, our cells, and our interior lives

This blog post was originally published at circleofhope.net. Bowenian pyschotherapists have a concept called homeostasis. In my elementary understanding, homeostasis refers to a “normal” state of things, where routines, norms, and rituals are understood by members of a system. Those routines keep things safe and relatively predictable. For dysfunctional families, homeostasis perpetuates that norm. Sometimes a […]

Why the facts of the matter aren’t all that does matter

My interest piqued for a few reasons when this article about millennial social justice authoritarianism (a term coined by the pseudonymous author) popped into my newsfeed: 1) Any article generalizing about my generation is very interesting because it is almost certainly false to a degree. Generalizations are definitively flawed. 2) I have been a victim of the thought […]

As droves leave the church, I see an opportunity, not tragedy

Here’s some bad news for Christendom, but maybe good news for church planters: according to Pew and quoting the New York Times: “Seventy-one percent of American adults were Christian in 2014, the lowest estimate from any sizable survey to date, and a decline of 5 million adults and 8 percentage points since a similar Pew […]