Category Archives: Activism

On any given day …. making a difference

Sometimes God shows up. Sometimes we’re in the right place at the right time with the right message. Sometimes we can make a difference. Continue reading

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Stolen Years …

Any one of those young adults could have been my child. Or your child. At what age do they stop being our children?

I’ve had enough. Have you? Continue reading

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Guns in Churches … here’s why it’s a bad idea

[The following was submitted to present at the Committee Hearing for HB 48 — Ohio’s version of  “Guns Everywhere” bill on June 10, 2015] Chairman Maag and Members of the State Government Committee: Church has been a part of my … Continue reading

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Were you there?

None of us were there. We only know the ancient story from those who were. If we had been, we would not have kept his death from happening. What I trust is this. God was there. My God. Our God. Our God who knows what it’s like to lose a son. Continue reading

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All I Really Want is …. Joy

[excerpts from a sermon preached at Disciples Christian Church on Sunday, Dec. 14 on the 2nd anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings and the Third Sunday in Advent when we traditionally light the Joy candle.  The text is from the … Continue reading

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Living Large? No, not this time …

I’ve returned to my on-going work as a pastor of a local congregation after an extended weekend away.  This week I have a sermon to research, pray on, write, and deliver.  I have pastoral calls to make.  Administrative stuff to … Continue reading

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A picture is worth a thousand words …

Is human life of less value than a gun? Continue reading

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Work Issues …

[Excerpts from sermon preached Labor Day weekend 2014 at Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights, OH]. On any given work day, Jannette Navarro, a 22 year old Starbucks barista and single mom, tries to put the pieces together for another … Continue reading

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#HandsUpDontShoot …

Yesterday I participated in a Vigil of Solidarity with Ferguson, MO at the United Church of Christ Headquarters in downtown Cleveland.  Late on Sunday afternoon, the flyer was posted on Facebook saying:  All are welcome to share in this peaceful … Continue reading

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Getting ahead of ourselves …

It’s time we get ahead of ourselves. Continue reading

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