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Daring to Love Strangers

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  The lifeless body hung by a rope. Tears streamed down my face. I couldn’t believe I was crying. I thought I was watching the execution of a murderous tyrant. I tuned in to celebrate. Why was I crying? Everything in my cultural context told me that I was supposed to be overjoyed at the […]

The Greatest Commandment: Don’t Treat God Like Shit

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Jesus was giving a talk at a local hotspot when a couple of pastors showed up. Unable to stomach the words they were hearing, the pastors demanded, “This all sounds like new age mumbo jumbo. What are you really saying? What is the core of your message?” Slowly moving toward the questioners, Jesus replied, “Those […]

The Racial Ambiguity of Jesus

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    How far would you go? How far would you go for liberation? How far would you go to save lives? Followers of Jesus are called to go all the way. How could anyone go that far? Jesus shows the way.   “I was hungry…”   “I was thirsty…”   “I was a stranger…” […]

Our Magician: The Holy Spirit

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*This is the fourth installment of my weekly theological conversations with my summer intern, Christian Parks.   C: What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit?   J: The magical Holy Spirit is the great queerer. Blurring our identities, the Holy Spirit guides us into deeper being. In deeper spaces of being, we learn to […]

The Competent Soul Understands Racism

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  I don’t trust people or institutions to connect me to God. I believe that the journey to God is ours alone. There is only one force that can manifest generosity, love and justice in our lives…God. The soul alone is competent in matters of God or righteousness. I first learned about the doctrine of […]

Back to the Future: A Call for Queerness

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  *Delivered at Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado on June 7, 2015   There was a time when all was well. We call it “Eden.” Do you remember? We have spent all of human existence yearning to go back there…back to the future. There are times when we know we are […]

Encounters with a Monster

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  Over the last few months, I have had numerous interactions with a monster. When we first talked about the injustice of video visitation at the Denton County Jail in the midst of our respective brands of activism, I had no idea who he was or what he had done. Texas made sure I found […]

Suicidal Theology

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  “You have to get married. I have to get married. If I don’t get married this time then I will never get married. You have to get married. I have to get married. Stop. This isn’t the person I want to be with. It doesn’t matter. Do you love me? I have chosen her […]

On Jesus…

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  *a theological conversation between Christian and I on the lake in North Georgia   J: Who or what do you think Jesus is Christian?   C: On one level, Jesus is an embodiment of an active, participatory and liberating love. On another level (and maybe there are no levels) Jesus was human like you […]

The Premeditated Murder of Lester Bower

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  Does God care about those we execute? While I think we all know the answer to such a question, we better hope not. If God cares, we deserve to be damned. These executions are the work of evil in a pure form…premeditated murder. Lester Bower is the next victim.   While there are serious […]

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