Westboro Baptist Church a Hate Group? What’s Wrong with the Petition

I won't dignify the antics of the Westboro Baptist Church group by linking to their despicable escapades. We got to experience their virulent brand of theology first-hand here in Chardon after the shooting that took place in February of 2012.Now an on-line petition has begun at WhiteHouse.gov to petition the Obama Administration to legally recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. It has over 290,000 signatures at the moment. And I've been encountering requests from other sincere … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Safer Schools: A Principal Speaks

It's been 13 days since we first heard of the horrible massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. That's right, only thirteen days. It feels like a lot longer.For the families and friends of the victims, I can't begin to process how long those days have felt. I can only continue to pray for their healing.I've been reluctant to compile and share my thoughts on the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook in Newtown for two reasons:I've been there before. As a school principal and school leader for the … [Read more...]

To All Those Who Want Safer Schools in Newtown

I get it. Really, I do.We're repulsed by the utter horror of the tragedy in Newtown. Our hearts ache at the thought of such insane bloodshed. I've already shared my own experiences with such issues and my prayer for them as a former principal who still knows and loves so many similar teachers and kids.And I have few little guys of my own. So I get our urge to make schools safer. I understand why we want to do all we can to make sure no one ever hurts like that again. But there is a subtle … [Read more...]

A Principal’s Prayer for Sandy Hook, Newtown, and Chardon

It's taken me a few days to write this. Regular readers know I'm usually not lacking for words. Whether they like them or not is another matter.But this one is different.  What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School hit close to home in more ways than one.I recently completed twelve years of service growing and leading a Christian school of over 400 students. I served as the Principal for many years until stepping away just a few months ago to pursue God's call in a new direction. So the … [Read more...]