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Jesus & the Great Cloud of LGBT Witnesses

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  Ever since I arrived at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention’s conference “The Gospel, Homosexuality & the Future of Marriage,” I have sensed the invisible footsteps that walk with me.  The comforting whispers are constant.  For days I have wondered who or what I have heard and sensed.  When […]

Love is Not a Means to an End: A Surprising Revelation at a Southern Baptist Conference on Homosexuality

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  The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is an imposing structure.  On this day, I knew that it was full of imposing figures from my past.  I struggled tremendously at the Southern Baptist Theologically.  For years, I couldn’t decide who or what I was.  The harsh teachings of my professors made things worse and led to a […]

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

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  Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing.  We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle.  If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.  When the preacher started talking about hell and the rhetorical fires started tickling my toes, I especially felt the tug […]

the elements / apoem

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  the elements there sits the bread it occupies our head there sits the wine to fill us swine come on down you foolish clown the elements are magic here they alleviate all of our fear go now and learn what it means to discern

The Cycle of Violence: Voting and Texas Politics

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  Over and over again, I listened to the voices that argued for the need to support progressive candidates that line up with progressive politics on “nearly every issue.”  Unfortunately, the “nearly every issue” part always seems to exclude the death penalty here in Texas.  Even the most progressive candidates are for the death penalty.  […]

Why I am an Evangelical that Supports Marriage Equality…

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If Jesus does not support marriage equality, then the Jesus that evangelicals taught me about is not the real Jesus.  In my preschool years, we sang of a God that loved the world.  In my young adult years, we talked about loving our neighbors as our self.  In my education at the Southern Baptist Theological […]

Sharing the Good News of Jesus with Southern Baptists: A Mission to Nashville

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  “It is hard for me to not believe that homosexuality is a sin when God tells us in Leviticus to kill those who perpetuate homosexual acts.”  In May of 2002, a fiery Southern Baptist preacher proclaimed these hateful words to be the words of God.  Those in attendance cheered him on.  Each time I […]

the confusion of the outside agitator: apoem

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the you outside agitator the run the stun outside agitator the fear the hide the side outside agitator the street the meet the anger the scowl outside agitator the shove the stumble the hate the state the fist outside agitator the cuff the stuff the chat the ride the thoughts the station outside agitator the […]

Memories of a Trip with Ramon: Words Spoken at a Cathedral of Hope

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  Good morning Cathedral!  I think it is appropriate for me to tell you a little about my week on the same day that we are remembering and celebrating the life of Matthew Shepard.  When Matthew Shepard died, there were so many of us who promised “never again.”  We declared, “When we meet situations of […]

The Blessing of Communion at Domestic Violence Prevention Wednesday // Cathedral of Hope UCC 10/8/14

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  Well…I’m a little tired.  I’ve had a hell of a day to be honest with you.  I don’t know if any of you share such sentiments.  I had two particularly painful experiences today.  One was this afternoon…I shared time with a 28-year-old man who is dying of bone cancer.  There was a tremendous amount […]

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