Botched Executions: A Visit, Jesus in Oklahoma and Us


This morning I visited a young man in the Tarrant County Correctional Facility in Fort Worth, Texas.  When I arrived at the appointed booth, I felt the urge to ask the young man about his crime.  Then I remembered the words of Jesus in Matthew 25.  “I was in prison and you came to me.”  […]

Stand Up! : Remarks at Dallas Pastors for Texas Children


I have spent a few days thinking about Pastors for Texas Children generally and this meeting in particular.  My thoughts and spirit has consistently been transported to this vision of standing up.  What does it look like to stand up?  What does it look like to have courage?  We have many churches represented and many […]

Donald Sterling, Churches and Race


    I grew up on the Southside of Atlanta.  Our county transitioned from a majority white context to a majority black context in my youth.  In first grade, I was a student under Ms. Ellington…the first black teacher at Lake Harbin Elementary School.  I will be forever grateful to Ms. Ellington for teaching me […]

Glen Stassen 1936-2014 / A Tribute from a Southern Baptist


  Baptist Christian Ethicist Glen Stassen died today after a battle with cancer.  We only spoke once.  The conversation occurred after I sent him the following email on September 5, 2009: Dr. Stassen,   My name is Jeff Hood and I am a ThM student at The Candler School of Theology at Emory University studying […]

A Child of God and Boldly Addressing the Violent Hate that Killed Her


  Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death today a few days after turning down a fellow student’s invitation to the prom at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut.  The incident happened less than 25 miles from the site of another school massacre…Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  The killers in both instances had a […]

Bent: Why I Decided to Act.


  There is danger in forgetting.  There is also danger in remembering incorrectly.  The tragic systematic genocide of six million persons of Jewish descent has filled most of our thoughts and history books concerning the Holocaust.  The arrest and systematic murder of tens of thousands of homosexuals has not.  The German government did not acknowledge […]

Jesus Sells Drugs: An Easter Message


I have known many Easters. I remember one Easter morning as a child realizing Jesus quite literally loved us to death.  I was overwhelmed by the enormity of such love.  Later that same day, I looked up at a depiction of Noah’s Ark and thought that this Jesus of love sounded much better than the […]

Jesus Didn’t Die for Your Sins. Jesus Died to Show You the Way…the Way to the Cross. // Some Words from A Good Friday Walk


  Lately, I have had a lot of time to think about borders and boundaries.  I am a doctoral student at Brite Divinity School and I was sitting in class last spring…and in this class on immigration we began to talk about the end game.  What is the end goal?  I raised my hand and […]

The Passion of Jesus Comes Early: Standing on the Via Dolorsa at the Execution of Jose Luis Villegas Jr.


When Jesus declares I was in prison and you did not visit me…and goes on to declare what you have done to the least of these you have done to me…Jesus directly binds his passion with the passion of those in prison.  It is important to notice that Jesus does not say I was not […]

Our Enemies Cometh and in them Lay Our Salvation


  I have my fair share of enemies these days.  I have found that the longer I work as both an activist and a pastor the more enemies I have.  I hear lies.  I experience violence.  I interact with evil.  In these experiences, I have discovered something surprising…my salvation.   The scriptures tell us to […]