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Killing Jesus and Saving the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

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I don’t really like going to church. There are some ministers who love the mystery and majesty of it all no matter what. Not me. I am so tired of the modern presentation of Jesus that I have mentally and spiritually dropped out. Week after week, church leaders use their pulpits to demand more money […]

BEWARE of the PALM WAVERS!

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  The people of Jerusalem waved their palms madly to celebrate the entry of Jesus into their town. Less than seven days later, Jesus was tortured and executed in the same place. Though Palm Sunday is a time to celebrate, I can never get past the fact that the same palm wavers either participated in […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #522 Manuel Vasquez / March 11, 2015

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Manuel Vasquez-  “Thank you Lord for your mercy and unconditional love.” Who can describe love greater than any love imaginable? Who can comprehend love that is without end? Manuel Vasquez knew that the mercy and love of […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #521 Donald Newbury / February 4, 2015

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Donald Newbury-  “That each new indignity defeats only the body.” Donald Newbury knew that the indignity of execution could only defeat the body. For Newbury, the soul is always free for those who allow it to be. […]

Teaching God to Love Lucifer: A Review of Jim Forest’s “Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment”

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*I originally wrote this piece for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Forest, Jim. Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2014.   Lucifer got jealous of the boss. Haven’t we all made this kind of mistake before? God kicked his ass out of heaven and never let him come back. […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #520 Robert Ladd / January 29, 2015

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Robert Ladd-   “Let’s ride.” We stop. We are afraid. We don’t want to move an inch. Danger is a paralyzing force. In the face of certain death, Robert Ladd looked danger in the eye and shrugged. […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #519 Arnold Prieto / January 21, 2015

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Arnold Prieto- “There are no endings, only beginnings.” For Jesus, the ending was just the beginning. For Arnold Prieto, the ending was just the beginning. What about for you? I invite you to pray the last words […]

The Church in the Dirt

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  *Adapted from a sermon preached at Pilgrims in the Park in Bryan, Texas on March 22, 2015.   The Pharisees caught a man and woman fucking. Under the religious law of the time, fucking outside of marriage was a capital offense. So the Pharisees brought the woman and slung her in the dirt at the […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #518 Miguel Angel Paredes / October 28, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Miguel Angel Paredes:  “I hope you let go of all of the hate because of all my actions.” How do you pray for those who hate you with good reason? When we name hate we probably make […]

The Courage to Be Queer: A Theological Exploration

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*I delivered this keynote address at the LGBTQ Religious Experience Summit at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas on March 21, 2015.   May this be a wild experience for us all…perhaps even a queer experience if we are lucky. Let’s begin by talking about theology. What is theology? Most people think that theology is […]

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