Why I wouldn’t punch a Nazi

“Should a Christian punch a Nazi?” That’s the question I asked my cell last night to get our dialogue going. It’s origin comes from the now infamous suckerpunch the anarchist (presumably) protester delivered to Richard Spencer, the leader of the neo-fascist alt-right movement. I don’t recommend watching this video, but if you do you’ll see […]

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 […]

Why the Brexit has me longing for alternativity

This post originally appeared at circleofhope.net/blog. I wasn’t sure how to sort through all of the news about Brexit over the weekend. It seems that people are afraid and longing for security. Put another way, I think they are longing for a Savior. And the European experiment hasn’t succeeded in offering them that kind of […]

Confused about the shooting in Orlando? Start with prayer and move to action.

This post originally appeared at circleofhope.net/blog. I couldn’t help but keep interrupting our North Broad Leaders meeting on Sunday as I was getting notifications about the deadly massacre that happened in Orlando. This tragedy seems to embody some of the main problems in the U.S.: a terrorist killing 49 people at a queer club in […]

Alternativity: Being radical when the world just doesn’t make it easy

This blog post originally appeared on our main blog: circleofhope.net/blog. “Love God and don’t kill people.” This morning Jenna told me that one of her friends could only definitively say that about his faith. “Don’t kill people,” is a manifestly biblical truth (in both the Old and New Testaments), but it is amazing that we […]

When tragedy strikes, peacemaking understandably comes under fire

This post originally appeared at circleofhope.net. My cell leader apprentice, Holly, is a college professor and she has invited me to speak in her philosophy class for the last two semesters. It is has been a treat each time. This time, the subject was rather complex… in essence, how do you love your enemy? Beyond […]