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Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #495 Ronnie Threadgill / April 16, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Ronnie Threadgill- “I am going to a better place.” I can think of no more depressing of a place to be than lying on a gurney and waiting to die. With the executioners swarming, Ronnie Threadgill wanted […]

The Existential Crisis of Birth: Waiting in the Midst of Doubt

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Depression stalks me before every birth. The existential questions taunt me over and over again. Why are we here? Do we matter? Where are we going? Death becomes a trusted friend. For I know, there will be a day when I don’t have to deal with these questions anymore. While I still take the pills, […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #494 Ricky Lewis / April 9, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas Ricky Lewis: “It’s burning.” When the poison started to flow through the needle, Ricky Lewis said that his body was burning. Lewis is just one example of a great many executed persons who have reported a burning […]

The Execution of a Graduate: Struggles for Life at Candler School of Theology

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I needed a theological education that could save my life. For years, I struggled to survive under the weight of what I was taught at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I just couldn’t believe that God hated so many people. How could a God called Love only have love for those whose minds and hearts […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #493 Carl Blue / February 21, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Carl Blue- “We all have to die to get to heaven.” When I think about heaven, I think about the overwhelming and intoxicating embrace of love. Sometimes, I think we get glimpses of extravagant love on earth. […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #492 Preston Hughes / November 15, 2012

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Preston Hughes- “…fight for my innocence…” Have you ever been falsely accused of something? Until the very end, Preston Hughes maintained he was innocent. Even in death, Hughes wanted his family to fight for his innocence and […]

Who Are the Real Killers?

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  Eddie Ray Routh will spend the rest of his natural life in jail for murdering Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. When I watched the families of Kyle and Littlefield celebrate what they considered to be a triumph of justice, I couldn’t help but wonder about another 160 families who will never get their day […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #491 Ramon Torres Hernandez / November 14, 2012

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Ramon Torres Hernandez-   “Can you hear me?” Before Ramon Torres Hernandez was executed, he wanted to know if anyone could hear him. I cannot count the late nights of prayer where I have laid awake pondering […]

Giving Our Bodies to Kelly Gissendaner

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  In February of 1997, Kelly Gissendaner orchestrated the brutal murder of her husband Doug in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Sentenced to die by in 1998, Gissendaner’s appeals process is about to run out. Barring a miracle, Gissendaner will be executed by the State of Georgia on Wednesday night (2/25/2015). Those of us who grow up […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #490 Mario Swain / November 8, 2012

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Mario Swain- Silence. Mario Swain offered no words when he was executed. Why didn’t we speak up to save him? I invite you to spend a few moments pondering the silence of Mario Swain: Silence. Amen.

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