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The Courage to Be Queer

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  *Delivered on January 25, 2015 at the Virginia-Highland Church in Atlanta, Georgia   Life is about questions. Sometimes these questions have answers and sometimes they don’t. Who are we? Why are we here? Do we even matter? These are human questions. On this day, I intend to engage these questions from a queer perspective. […]

Texas Muslims are the Real Christians

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  “All Muslims aren’t terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” A woman shouted these words into the camera in one of the many videos of Christian protests of Texas Muslim Capitol Day in Austin. During the over hour and a half event, Christians consistently shouted down Muslim speakers and at one point came close to […]

A Prayer from the Execution of Robert Ladd

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  God. Why? Why do I have to keep coming down here? Why was Robert Ladd born with intellectual disabilities? Why were people murdered? Why are we about to murder Robert Ladd? Why? Do you care? Are you here? Is there a reason why you don’t stop this? Are you addicted to death and suffering? […]

The Execution of Our Conscience

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When the time comes to consecrate communion, most celebrants approach the altar and read from a prepared liturgy. In the moment when Jesus is supposed to be closest to us, I have always felt like the consecration of communion is a time to explain what the incarnation means. Based on Jesus’ promise to inhabit the […]

On the Power of Preaching…

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I woke up this morning with my mind set on the things of God. When the majesty of God truly comes over you, there is a tingling in your physiological construction. While I wouldn’t call it nervousness, I can say that it makes you shake. Today was a preaching day and like all preaching days […]

The Lethal Nature of Moderate Theology

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  Week after week, pastors and staffs of churches deliberate about what message they intend to purvey to their community with their church sign. The sign is intended to share with the community the most important thoughts of the congregation for the week. While visiting my home state of Georgia this week, I drove past […]

Closing Prayer at the Inauguration of Jeff Hood as Chief of the Hall County Fire Department

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Good evening. I am the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood from Denton, Texas. I have come a long way to pray with you. Will you please oblige me by bowing your heads? God we come to you from many different religions, nationalities, races, classes, orientations, genders, abilities and various other categories and identifications…some ascribed by our […]

No More Murders! : Stop the Supreme Court and the People of Georgia with Prayer

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  There is an old story about Jesus. During one of his marathon sessions, the entire house he was teaching in filled up and everyone wanted to share a moment with Jesus. Hearing that he had the power to heal people, a group across town picked up their disabled neighbor and carried him on a […]

Poetics for a King

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  The Pledge Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance What for? What does it mean? What will my standing say? I only pledge allegiance to God alone I don’t have allegiance to any nation How can a follower of Jesus pledge allegiance to a nation? I especially find it hard to have allegiance to […]

Why weren’t they at your church?

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  Thanks to a group called The Official Street Preachers, “Homo Sex is Sin” was the message that congregants at the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ were greeted with this morning. Unfortunately, our family was not at church this morning. Our son Phillip has the flu and the rest of the kids are […]

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