Grumps Need More Rest.

This time of year is one of the busiest for those of us in the world of academia. For my friends in colleagues in the Church, it’s sort of like Christmas and Easter weeks wrapped into one continuous season. Event after event, prayers galore, and a never-ending stream of people who seem to need to … Continue reading Grumps Need More Rest.

Why Do We Blame Mental Illness? (Because We Can’t Fathom That it Could Be Anything Else.)

Every time there is a mass shooting, the tweets and posts about “violent mentally ill” people come out of the woodwork like termites, eating away at the collective soul of the nation. I’ve even been guilty of it myself, calling one mass shooter “an obviously mentally ill individual”–a comment for which I was very quickly … Continue reading Why Do We Blame Mental Illness? (Because We Can’t Fathom That it Could Be Anything Else.)

Uncensored: Gun Violence

Note: This is the sermon I preached in the Walter and Marian English Chapel on the campus of Ohio Northern University today. It represents my real struggle following the senseless deaths of 17 people yesterday in Florida. It is my own, and not necessarily the opinion of the university for which I am employed. Feel … Continue reading Uncensored: Gun Violence