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Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #511 Ray Jasper / March 19, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Ray Jasper: “…stay strong and faithful to God.” Sometimes we deny our own strength. Unbeknownst to us, God has placed deep reservoirs of strength within every person. Upon the culmination of many hard years on death row, […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #510 Suzanne Basso / February 5, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Suzanne Basso- Silence. Suzanne Basso refused to speak. Have you ever wondered why women are consistently silenced? I invite you to ponder the oppression of women around the world in the silence of Suzanne Basso. Silence. Amen.

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #509 Edgar Tamayo / January 22, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Edgar Tamayo- Silence. Mexican national Edgar Tamayo decided to remain silent during his execution. After looking back at other cases, I realized that a considerable amount of persons being executed in Texas that have remained silent are […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #508 Jerry Martin / December 3, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. ¬†Jerry Martin- “God is the ultimate judge” Why do we worry so much about the opinions of others? If God is the judge, then none of the finite opinions floating around us matter. Our job is to […]

Border Blindness

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  I graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. Though I have kept only a small portion of the theology, I still occasionally read material from people I knew there. Earlier today, I came across an article by my old ethics professor Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Dr. Russell D. […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #507 Jamie McCoskey / November 12, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Jamie McCoskey- “And if this takes the pain away, so be it.” While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus kept asking God if there was any other way to take the pain away. Jamie McCoskey used similar […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #506 Michael Yowell / October 9, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Michael Yowell- “I love you.” The world is complicated. Evil and love mix on the inside and outside of every person. Michael Yowell was no different. Though he was a confessed killer, Yowell spent his final moments […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #505 Arturo Diaz/ September 26, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Arturo Diaz- “I have no hate for you.” Are there people out there that you simply can’t stand? Do you think you could keep from hating someone who was actively trying to kill you? In the midst […]

Manuel Vasquez Deserves to Die

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If the wages of sin is death, then Manuel Vasquez deserves to die over and over. A member of the Texas Mexican Mafia, Vasquez strangled Juanita Ybarra to death with a telephone chord over illegal unpaid drug taxes. One prior conviction involved the beating of a man who died after his body was set on […]

Not One More! : Words from Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Faith Leader Lobby Day

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  Good afternoon. My name is Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. I am standing right outside of the Governors office here in Texas. We just dropped off a faith leader sign on letter with over 550 signatures of Texas faith leaders…who are committed to abolishing the death penalty. I am so proud to be standing with […]

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