The Reason I Will Walk Prayerfully from Dallas to Fort Worth: Dallas County DA Craig Watkins, Tarrant County DA Joe Shannon, Jr. & the State of Texas’ Death Penalty


  On February 21, 2014, I will walk prayerfully from Dallas to Fort Worth with my colleagues from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Rev. Wes Magruder of the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and Lynn Walters of Hope for Peace and Justice.  Our Faithful Pilgrimage to Abolish the […]

Leading With A Withered Hand


Rarely do I preach a similar sermon in the same day…but today is an exception.  This morning at Prism Denton we discussed the man with the withered hand found in Mark 3.  Jesus approached the man with the withered hand and asked him to extend it.  In an instance…the withered hand was healed.  Truth be […]

The Withered Hand, The Undivided Heart and The Undistracted Church


  There was a man with a withered hand.  Jesus approached the man with the withered hand and asked him to extend it.  In an instance…the withered hand was healed.   Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your purview, I think Jesus is a secondary character in this episode.  The main character is the man with […]

Turning Shitheads into Prayer Partners


  I woke up one morning last week and this message was posted on the wall of one of our church Facebook pages, “This church is the sickest of sick.  The evilest of evil.  The vilest of vile.”  I deleted the comment like I do to all other queerphobic comments that are sent to us.  […]

We Can End This: Remarks to the Fort Worth Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Prayer Breakfast


  I believe in God…but most of all I believe in love.  If we believe the writer of 1 John, God and love are synonymous terms.  The question of the death penalty is a question of love.  How far will our love and forgiveness extend?  Will our love span the entire cycle of violence from […]

The Journey to Abolition: Remarks to the Dallas Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Prayer Breakfast


  “Jesus hung on a cross for a long time and had plenty of time to abolish the death penalty…but you know what…he didn’t.”  These types of arguments and similar words filled the pulpit of the Southern Baptist Church of my youth.  I was taught that the economy of God revolved around vengeful wrathful and […]

The Wise Men Deconstructed or The Lack of Wisdom in the Wise Men


  Have far would you travel to meet God?  The idea of incarnation is that God is present where we are.  It seems that the answer to the aforementioned question comes easy in the light of a true belief in incarnation of God with us.  I don’t think you have to travel far at all […]

The Paralytic Church, Queerphobia & Frank Schaefer


  Do any of you believe in healing?  Do you believe that Jesus actually healed a paralytic in a house full of people?  What if someone rolled into this space in a wheelchair this morning to ask for our prayers and walked out?  There are many of you who would explain it away at all […]

Islam, Rihanna & the Surprise of Belief


  There are many days I wake up and know that I am going to be a little crazed today and perhaps for a few weeks or months if it lingers.  My brain simply feels different.  I act and think differently too.  I was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder a few years ago.  In my […]

Remarks to Fort Worth Pastors for Texas Children


  We gather around this table this afternoon because we believe.  We believe that children are important.  We believe that local schools are important.  We believe that local schools are the last entity or institution that exists purely for the common good.  We also are gathered because we believe that the local school is under […]