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An Open Letter to Christians on Immigration

July 31, 2014 An Open Letter to Christians on Immigration Friends. Jesus fled after his brothers were shot to death. There was nowhere to go that was safe. Jesus pushed north. Traveling across nation after nation, Jesus was abused and almost killed numerous times. Months into the journey, Jesus started his trek through the desert. […]

Let the Children Come to Me: Words Upon Arrival at an Immigration Action in Washington, D.C.

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  There is a child crying nearby and we ignore it.  The louder the cries of the child become the more we cover our ears.  The crying grows louder and louder until it reaches a desperate scream yet still we refuse to be moved.  Then the cry goes silent.  This is the story of our […]

Twins Again! : A Tale of Unexpected Love for the Hoods

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  We were planning our lives.  We were adjusting to life after children (twins and a single) in less than two and a half years.  We knew what we were doing.  Then we came face to face with a black and white screen.   I sat next to Emily as they rubbed goo all over […]

God is in Hell

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  “You are going to hell!”  I hated people damning me to hell.  There was always something about someone speaking me into a fiery torment for all of eternity that was the ultimate “fuck you.”  I am not there anymore.  This morning after yet another incident of being damned, I realized I get told I […]

The Last Testament of Joseph Wood: The Prophet of a Botched Execution

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  “Why have you forsaken me?” is a proper description of what many of us might feel if someone was standing over us about to intentionally inject deadly chemicals into our body.  Joseph Wood spent time talking about his love for Jesus.  How are we to respond when a man who has been convicted of […]

Jose Antonio Vargas at ImagiNATION: Immigration

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Once there was a couple with a young son who were forced to flee their homeland. Throughout the treacherous journey, the family wrestled mightily to finish the trip. Upon arrival, the family struggled to adapt to their new surroundings. The language and customs were so different from their home. People would often stare and make […]

The Borderless God in a Time of Borders

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When I was growing up, we/I believed everyone who disagreed with us/me about God was going to hell.  I continued to cling to and organize my life around the border of saved and unsaved for a long time.  Then I started doing some deeper reading about the limitless love of God and everything began to […]

Eric Garner, the Silence of White Churches and Sins of Omission

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The muffled screams of a dying 43-year-old husband, father and grandfather named Eric Garner…”I can’t breathe!  I can’t breathe!”…are absolutely haunting.  The coming silence from most white congregations in their worship services will be even more haunting.  In the silence, we will discover one of the worst kept secrets in religious life…white churches do not […]

God is Our Passive Enemy: Reacting Fairly and Honestly to a Day Like Today

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    Christians have a bad tendency to rush to offer excuses for God in the wake of tragedy.  In the last 24 hours, John Middleton was executed in Missouri with a lingering legitimate claim of innocence, four cousins were killed while playing soccer on a beach outside of Gaza City, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 […]

Theology from Death Row Letter 3 / Texas Death Row Inmate Will Speer on The Meaning of Evil

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ARE WE EVIL? I have spent much of my time in prison considering this question.  Different answers seem to come at different times.  I really believe the answer is ultimately NO.  We are not evil people.  We are people who are sinners.  We are prone to do bad things.  Some of these bad things are […]

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