The NFL just acknowledged football’s link to CTE: what can Christians learn?

This blog post was originally published at circleofhope.net. NFL Free Agency is open so football is on the minds of many Philadelphians again. (The Flyers can never seem to catch a break it seems.) Howie Roseman’s apparent mastery of trades and contracts, though, isn’t the top story. It’s all about Jeff Miller’s, the NFL’s senior […]

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 […]

Sufferers need more than patronizing platitudes for comfort

This blog post was originally published at circleofhope.net. I think you know that we’ve been saying that our suffering is not for nothing this Lent. It’s our theme for the season. But isn’t it a little grandiose to say that our suffering makes a difference? Someone recently told me it was a bit patronizing and […]

Jesus’ award acceptance speech and what Taylor Swift can learn from it

I didn’t get to watch the Grammy’s but I did hear about them. One critic called the Grammy’s a demonstration of how stodgy the Academy was. So it looks like I didn’t miss much. But I did see that I missed Kendrick Lamar’s powerful performance (here’s a recap); and much like Queen Bey, Kendrick’s saying something. […]

The poor you will always have with you, but maybe not in Philly

We are in Holy Week in Circle of Hope and we are journeying with Christ toward his death. In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ final week, he spent time visiting with some of his closest friends in Bethany. He made stayed there after he triumphantly entered Jerusalem. Matthew and Mark don’t identify who the woman is, […]