“Spare change for a hedge fund…

…to put [resigned Harvard president] Larry Summers back to work.” That is an actual quote I heard tonight out of the mouth of a panhandler in Harvard Square. Only in Boston…

That plea comes in a close second to the sign I saw a few months ago in downtown Boston: “Just out of jail. Need to get drunk and laid.” He didn’t get any of my money, but he did get points from me for humor and honesty.

What are some funny panhandler requests you’ve seen or heard?

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The 11th Commandment
Read this book:

Seriously, it should be required reading for every Christian (alongside the Bible, of course). Here’s a powerful passage to hold you over until you buy or borrow this book (which will be soon, of course):

Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world. It is time, in the power of the Spirit, to take up our proper role, our fully human role, as agents, heralds, and stewards of the new day that is dawning. That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God’s new world, which he has thrown open before us.

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