Truth, love, and making peace on Thanksgiving

One of my favorite thinkers Tweeted the other day about the Word of the Year: post-truth. He said: In "post-truth" societies the "father of lies" is having a field-day. — Miroslav Volf (@MiroslavVolf) November 18, 2016 That phrase, “father of lies,” comes from Jesus in John 8 when he’s describing the devil. We live in a world where “truth” is […]

Are the candidates making you feel like you don’t have a country?

I grew up in a household that thought that God and His Way could be found in the political system. I went to an Evangelical Free Church and the rhetoric surround God’s will and the United States was almost deafening. I didn’t swallow the Kool-Aid. But when George W. Bush evoked the name of God […]

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 […]

How we can learn from Han Solo’s substitute dream

Since, it’s made nearly a billion dollars, I think I can keep talking about Star Wars. There’s this great part in the 1977 one where Han Solo starts to question Obi-Wan training Luke in the Force. If you didn’t know, the Force was an energy field that connected all living things in the galaxy. As Obi-Wan […]

How Circle of Hope taught me that Facebook doesn’t care about me

I walked down the street to the Church of the Advocate to cast my ballot yesterday morning. It’s something of a tradition since my neighbor Debbie volunteers each Election Day. Talking to her is my favorite part of the experience. Voting for the latest talking head? Not so much. The U.S. American democratic system is […]