Why is worship relief?
Encounter with the living God On Monday night many of the leaders of our Sunday meetings gathered to think together about how we lead people to encounter God. It's a pretty grandiose endeavor, right? "Now I will lead you to have an encounter with the living God." Who says stuff like that? A lot of... Read More
Jesus Won the Super Bowl
Today, an estimated 4 million people are descending on South Philadelphia and Center City because THE E-A-G-L-E-S ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH!!! (...too much?) Okay it is, but I don't want the moment and all its incredible communal feels to pass without Jesus getting his due. At a big moment in their... Read More
Why the hell?
Why the hell? I told someone in a coffee shop today that I don't believe in hell and she thought I might go to hell for that. She wasn't sure about much theology or even what she believed about God, but she was pretty sure that I was supposed to believe in hell if I... Read More
Why I Ditched the Grown Ups for the Children
The week before New Years Eve I schemed up a plan at the last minute to ditch the grown ups at our morning Sunday meeting. I'm usually involved in a significant way at our meetings (I am the pastor, after all) but it has been years (close to a decade probably) since I got to... Read More
You Should Read Poetry
    Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17 “Venus’s Fly Traps”... Read More
Why I Love Jordan Peterson (But He’s Wrong)
Jordan Peterson and Jesus? Many of my friends are fans of Jordan Peterson. They appreciate his pragmatic and inspiring call, particularly to men, to take responsibility for themselves, and become agents of good. "No matter how bad a situation is, you can make it worse." This is a good mantra. He speaks passionately, to the... Read More
More Than a Day of Gratitude
Gratitude is a muscle Thanksgiving is coming up. It's arguably the best American holiday. Gratitude makes life better. Everyone agrees. Not everyone agrees that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17) but they're not far off when they give thanks. So at our morning Sunday meetings at 3800 Marlton Pike in Pennsauken,... Read More
What if your opinion doesn’t matter that much?
What if Your Opinion Doesn't Matter That Much? The Circle of Hope Pastors were wondering about this question indirectly on the most recent episode of their videocast, "Someone Asked." What if your opinion doesn't matter that much? Or, maybe, what if your opinion shouldn't matter as much as it does. My opinions matter to me... Read More
Marriage Architecture in Verse
I recently had the chance to officiate a marriage ceremony of Circle of Hope people (the first time I have done this as a pastor). These words are based on what I shared with Scott and Anneliese and their guests. Scott discovered this poem for me. I am very grateful to him for that. May... Read More
Paperboy Dreams (And Acts 2)
Living the paperboy dream The paperboy dreams planted in the NES soil of my childhood came to fruit last week. A friend of mine in Circle of Hope is in a tough spot financially. Somehow, she fell in with a tribe of paper deliverers who drive the pre-dawn darkness of South Jersey delivering The Philadlephia... Read More