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Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #517 Lisa Coleman / September 17, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Lisa Coleman- “Tell them I finished strong.” Life is about finishing strong. Do not let the failures and disappointments distract you. You are capable, but you must stay committed. Despite her circumstances, Lisa Coleman stayed committed and […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #516 Willie Trottie / September 10, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Willie Trottie- “Find it in your hearts to forgive me.” People are desperate for forgiveness. Who do we think we are to deny them? In Matthew 6:14, Jesus taught that those who forgive will be forgiven. When […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #515 Jose Villegas / April 16, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Jose Villegas- “I am at peace.” In a world of violence and fear, we work so hard for peace. Unfortunately, I think that peace is far more about being and trusting than it is working. Jose Villegas […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #514 Ramiro Hernandez / April 9, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Ramiro Hernandez– “All I have is love.”  We go through life thinking we need so much. Unfortunately, the more we accumulate the more we think we need. People fail to realize that love will make you richer […]

The Genocide of the Mentally Ill

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  Jason Harrison is dead. Jason Harrison is not dead because he was holding a screwdriver and made a movement toward Dallas police. Jason Harrison is dead because we live in a society that refuses to value and protect the lives of the mentally ill. If Dallas police officers had engaged the situation with the […]

50 Years After Selma: Jesus is Transgender

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*I wrote this post for the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and the original can be found at http://www.awab.org/wablog/archives/03-2015 The most terrifying substance known to our world is difference. When people can’t control or contain it, they want to destroy it. The fall of humanity is centered on a failure to love and respect […]

When Inclusion is Exclusion : Radical Ecclesiology

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  The church is the church is the church. Right? Ecclesiology is the study of what the church is. At our present hour, one cannot study the church without hearing the word ‘inclusion.’ In books, sermons and articles people consistently write and speak about a need for greater inclusion. For many Christians, being inclusive has […]

The Call: A Reflection.

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I was in the library at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary when I got the call. Though I had known he was sick, death was in his voice and he needed me. Time after time, my Southern Baptist mentor called and chatted with me about all sorts of subjects. I had heard the call before, […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #513 Tommy Sells / April 3, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Tommy Sells-  Silence. Tommy Sells was a serial killer. Do you realize this system of execution makes you one too? In the silence of Tommy Sells, I invite you to repent: Silence. Amen.

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #512 Anthony Doyle / March 27, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Anthony Doyle- Silence. Anthony Doyle refused to speak in his final moments. Will we remember the silence that we caused? In the silence of Anthony Doyle, I invite you to experience the silence caused by capital punishment: […]

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