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Tom Schweich committed suicide at his home on Feb. 26, 2015. He was 54. Schweich was a well-known Republican leader in Missouri. He had been elected to a second term as state auditor and was positioning himself for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth and now Episcopal priest performed the eulogy. He […] Read More

A sermon by, Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. July 14, 2013 Luke 10:25-37 The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Amos 7:7-17, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 82 When the lists of “best books” for the last century are drawn, Cormac McCarthy shows up for his book The Road. It’s a book that the critics […] Read More

Our country and much of the world has expressed shock and horror at the verbal and physical treatment meted out to a 68-year-old grandmother and bus monitor in Greece, New York. Karen Klein tried to maintain her composure while her tormentors continued their assault. Many adults have reacted by sending her money as if a […] Read More

Bullying is growing worse at every level. It is present in homes, schools, playgrounds, sports venues and workplaces. It assaults us on television and over radio. How can the church respond to the growing menace? The Bible gives ample instructions on how to defeat such poison. “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, […] Read More

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” I was sitting outside on the playground bench wiping the tears of a child when this proverb came to mind. It isn’t true, of course. Nancy was a second-grader going through an evaluation process to help us understand why she couldn’t read. […] Read More

Did you know that in the state of Tennessee there is a law against bullying in schools? It allows local school districts to develop policies to ensure that students are protected from physical harm, threats of physical harm, and actions that would create a hostile educational environment. Current attempts to change this law are concerned […] Read More

(RNS) Gay and Muslim groups say they are relieved after a Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs. State Sen. Rick Jones, a Republican, inserted a carve-out for a “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” in the Senate […] Read More

(RNS) A recent survey of 43,000 high school students found that public school students were more likely to participate in physical violence, while private school students were more likely to have teased or taunted someone, and more likely to have felt bullied themselves. Fifty-two percent of public school students say they have hit someone in […] Read More

As an 18-year-old college freshman, Tyler Clementi threw himself off a bridge after what has been widely described as an incident of anti-gay bullying. Other students had surreptitiously filmed Tyler while he was having an encounter with another male in his dorm room, and they streamed it over the internet. Tyler’s death rests in company […] Read More

A legendary British producer says movies and television are partially responsible for the increasing problem of aggression in youngsters, according to news sources. David Puttnam, the Oscar-winning producer of “Chariots of Fire,” delivered the keynote address last week to England’s Anti-Bullying Alliance, a government-sponsored group that draws on 50 organizations from the public and private […] Read More