Category Archives: Ending Gun Violence

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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Every day matters to families in Ohio affected by gun violence …

Every day matters to the families of Ohio affected by gun violence. 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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#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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Who is a weed, and who gets to decide?

[the following contains portions of a sermon preached at Disciples Christian Church on Sunday, July 20, 2014.] So much has happened in just the last few weeks. I feel a little like John Stewart of the Daily Show returning after … Continue reading

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On Sunday afternoon, I found myself not 20 feet away from 40 people carrying loaded firearms …

The good news is this. The momentum is growing on the side of ending gun violence. The good news is this. Any one person can become involved. Continue reading

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