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Reading During Covid …

I don’t know what I would have done these past 8 months of mostly sheltering in place at home without books. I managed during the weeks the library was shut down by borrowing books electronically — not my first choice … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th (Redux)

There are not many markers along the way during months of sheltering in place during a pandemic. But because ours began on Friday, March 13, and today it’s Friday November 13, it seemed an occasion worth noting. Little has changed … Continue reading

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Churches are essential …

[A note:  This opinion piece was written on May 25, 2020 and was accepted for publication by cleveland.com for on-line and print in the Plain Dealer.  Later on that same day, the news broke of George Floyd being killed by … Continue reading

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Preaching during Covid …

One of the few perks of Staying-At-Home during the pandemic has been the ability to attend a variety of churches Of course the attendance is virtual and on Zoom. With services being streamed at different times and in different time … Continue reading

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I just can’t …

I can’t stop thinking about the children.  And their parents.   Seeking asylum together in the United States.   Arriving at the border when immediately, suddenly, maliciously, and with devious intent,  children and parents are separated from each other.  This is happening … Continue reading

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Guns in Churches?

As to guns being our protection:  A church looks to God as our ultimate source of protection.   As to wearing a gun in church even as we are passing the peace with others in the pews: As a follower of Jesus – as a Christian — I am called to a standard of loving my neighbor – a definition of neighbor that includes even my enemies.  It will take my lifetime to meet that standard.  If you are a Christian, you join me in that lifetime of work.  If we believe – and we legislate – that we can only safely interact with other people if we arm ourselves against them, we will never get even get close to that standard. Continue reading

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Stay Woke …

My response to the Las Vegas shootings and how people of faith must respond to the issue of gun violence in our country.

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A pulpit response to Charlottesville …

If I’d had more time between Sunday morning and the horror of Saturday in Charlottesville, I would have said some hints differently.  Here is my effort, raw and unedited.  You can see my pain on my face.  I’m wearing my … Continue reading

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Tears and lamenting. Laughter and celebration. All while wearing orange …

Early in the week when we were nervously checking the weather for God Before Guns’ 4th annual Walk & Rally, there was a 100% chance of rain for the duration of the event.  By Friday, there was not a cloud … Continue reading

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When Mother’s Day is difficult for you ….

It is for me.   I managed to avoid preaching on Mother’s Day for several years until this year. This link will take you to the video of what I had to say.   Maybe the day would be better … Continue reading

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