The Week: Close to Death

  Over the past few weeks, my mind has never been far from death.  Last Friday, I delivered a letter from local clergy condemning Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins’ consistent pursuit of death sentences and then walked from Dallas to Fort Worth in protest and prayer.  Last Saturday, I stood before the hundreds of […]

Delivered Tonight: A Question for Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins


“My question is for District Attorney Watkins.  My name is Jeff Hood.  I am a Baptist minister and I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  I am particularly troubled by the case of our panelist Christopher Scott who was wrongfully convicted of capital murder and […]

The Judgment: Christians and the Ruling in Texas


This afternoon U.S. Federal Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas’ prohibition of gay marriage is unconstitutional.  That is the judgment…but there are many Christians who will be talking about a different type of judgment in the coming days.  I can already hear them in pulpits around the state talking about the coming hell and damnation […]

Love Dangerously Dallas


  Everybody wants to talk about love these days…but no one wants to talk about sacrifice.  Everybody wants to talk about the love of Jesus…but nobody wants to talk about how embracing the love of Jesus leads to death.  Everyone wants to talk about falling in love…but no one wants to talk about the need […]

Coconspirators in Uganda’s Recent Homophobic Bill: Mainline Christians


  Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill today that gives a penalty of life in prison for many homosexual sexual acts.  Despite the homophobic policies in their own denominations, the reaction from the mainline Christian world has been swift.  Some of the mainline folks I have read have consistently spoken very nasty of President […]

Get in the Way / Bring them Close / Tell the Stories that Obstruct


  In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about some sheep and goats…but this is more than a barnyard story.  Jesus ultimately declares, “…what you have done to the least of these you have done to me.”  In this passage, Jesus places Jesus’ self at the very center of injustice and oppression…and as such takes on such […]

Letter 2 / Death Row Inmate Will Speer on the Nature of God / Theology from Death Row


Jeff and friends, This is long overdue and I am happy to be able to be a part of this and give my ideas, feelings and thoughts.  “Theology from Death Row”  I am excited to do this yet at the same time a little nervous!  Smile!  Before I begin I’d like to share some love […]

The End: A Faithful Pilgrimage to Abolish the Death Penalty


  We have garnered much attention around throughout Dallas and Fort Worth and around the Metroplex for the cause of abolishment.  We are very tired…but though our journey has ended…we will not stop walking and struggling for justice.  Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon, Jr. has consistently pursued the death penalty and we have not […]

The Start: A Faithful Pilgrimage to Abolish the Death Penalty


  This morning we are gathered here in Dallas as a faith community to express our frustration at Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.  We have grown tired of hearing about his moral opposition to the death penalty.  When people are being sentenced to death and executed…moral opposition to the death penalty is not enough.  […]

Letter to Dallas Co DA Craig Watkins from the TCADP Faith Community


    February 21, 2014 Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, Good morning.  We bring you greetings on behalf of the hundreds of faith leaders who have joined the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  We must begin with commendations.  We commend you for your pursuit of exonerations.  We commend you for your honest […]