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Killer Christians in Texas: The Next Victim is Scott Panetti

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  Has your church ever executed someone? Don’t be appalled by such a question. Think deeper. Perhaps you never hung someone on the cross at the front of your sanctuary, but have you considered the consequences of your inaction? Think about all the times your church could have done something to save a life and […]

Eating Thanksgiving Dinner with Darren Wilson

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  Many of us will eat Thanksgiving Dinner today with Darren Wilson. Often, Wilson is someone we love tremendously. Wilson will assure us that there is not a race problem in our country. Speaking of Ferguson and other violence, they will say that those were a bunch of thugs and vigilantes. Citing their plethora of […]

The Indictment of Jesus in the Flames of Ferguson

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I have not looked at all the evidence. I only know that an armed police officer named Darren Wilson shot an unarmed man named Michael Brown over and over and over again. I don’t need more evidence. I don’t need more explanation. I don’t need more analysis. I am angry. For a while after the […]

The Wet God

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  Running late. I am always running late. The rain poured. I had to get out of the car. Stepping out The puddle overflowed into my shoe I kept walking I had to get to church Pushing into the rain I saw someone I didn’t have time to stop Something pulled me back Turning around […]

I am a Southern Baptist: A Word to Progresive Baptists

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I am a Southern Baptist. Though I am also affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and much more inclusive and progressive in my theology than the majority of Southern Baptists, I don’t run from the label. To discard the label of Southern Baptist would be to discard who I am.  I am a Baptist from the South.  […]

When Texas Descends into Hell: The Vulnerability of Scott Panetti

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  On October 30, I woke up and walked into the bedroom of our three young children.  Our oldest children are twin boys.  Their little bodies were contorted around stuffed animals and producing loud snores.  I watched them sleep for a little while.  The room was still dark.  I walked further in.  Our youngest was […]

The Danger of Voting

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“Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s” -Matthew 22:21 (NRSV)   Many years ago, religious leaders confronted Jesus about paying taxes.  The group wanted to push Jesus into a corner and make him respond to their political provocations.  Should they pay taxes?  Jesus […]

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