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, […]

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 […]

I love the Eagles, but I don’t want to lead like them

Well, the Eagles season is over, and despite what the loud-mouthed governor of New Jersey says, the fans in Philadelphia are the greatest. So great, we are paying attention to the front office politics of our favorite football team down in South Philly even in our anti-climactic offseason. Here’s the latest gossip: After our disappointing […]

Adrian Peterson can become whole, just like all of us

After a very discouraging Phillies season, my ears are wide open to hear what the sports talk radio people are discussing regarding the NFL season. Unfortunately, as of late, the discussion has not been about the games, but the violence of the players. I’ve written about Ray Rice, but this week another star running back […]

It is only wrong if you get caught: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and consumerism

One of the reasons that this generation feels so dis-empowered to do anything: protest the new war in Iraq, make a big enough fuss to change the dialogue about racism in the U.S., or even feel strong enough to advocate for themselves as they drown in student loan debt, is because the message that’s always […]

What the Eagles and Phillies taught me about leading

We were talking about institutionalization at our rolling council meeting (we call it an Imaginarium) the other night and we were pondering how to get out of it. Institutionalism/zation is something of a pejorative word used to describe groups of people that have become less flexible and organic, and have been bound by supposed objectivity […]