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Richard Glossip is Scheduled to Die for Our Sins

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  Over and over, Justin Sneed slammed a baseball bat into the flesh of Barry Van Treese. Blood splashed all over the Best Budget Inn until there was no life in Van Treese left. Oklahoma City was appalled at the horrific nature of the crime. Upon admitting to the crime, Sneed convinced prosecutors and two […]

Christians Killed Kelly Gissendaner

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  1.75 million Southern Baptists forced her down the hallway. 619 thousand United Methodists strapped her to the gurney. 596 thousand Roman Catholics pushed the needle in. 566 thousand Evangelicals assured everyone that this was God’s will. As the poison started going in, there were millions of Georgia Christians participating in the homicide. Within minutes, […]

The Premeditated Murder of Kelly Gissendaner

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  In February of 1997, Greg Owen stabbed Doug Gissendaner until there was no life left in his body. Can you hear the screams? Can you smell the blood? Can you imagine the horror of it all? Make no mistake…this was an act of pure evil. Though not even present for the crime, the mastermind […]

The Immigration Question

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*Interaction from the Hope for Peace and Justice “Imagination: Immigration 2” Panel I served on today (9/26).   Q: Where should our efforts to solve the immigration crises begin?   A: We must stop treating people like shit. We must learn to love our neighbors. The problem is that we don’t even know who our […]

A Cosmology of Darkness

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  The darkness was. The darkness is. The darkness will be. The darkness is God.   The voice of all voices calls to us. Staring past the stars. The heavens speak and we hear. The abyss reminds us.   The deeper we go. The closer we are drawn. In the darkness is infinity. Eternity is […]

Joseph Hutcheson Federal Civil Rights Complaint

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  *This is a copy of the civil rights complaint I constructed and filed jointly with the Hutcheson Family against the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department on September 22, 2015.  Due to technical limitations, I had to leave out the still pictures contained in the incident section of the original complaint (that section should be read […]

The Danger of Dallas Pride

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  “It’s not for them.” The words fester in my ears. When I asked about the consistent exclusion of people of color and transgender persons in the Dallas Pride parade and festival, a prominent gay citizen made it plain for me. While I was very aware that the entire event is marketed to wealthy white […]

“Beyond Identity: The Image of a Queer God”

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  -Preached at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal)  in St. Louis, MO on Sept. 7, 2015   Spaces of intersectionality are spaces of divinity. Such spaces draw us nearer to the God that exists at the intersection of us all. Such thoughts conjure up important questions… Who is God? Who are we? These questions can only […]

Shame & Suicide: The Scandal of Southern Baptist Theology

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  “He’s not in heaven…and you won’t be either if you kill yourself.” I will never forget the cruelness of the language. The suicide rocked our Southern Baptist church. We descended deeper into judgment…the only fuel of fundamentalism. Secretly, I think most people thought shame was the antidote for suicide. I was ten. Even then, […]

Only Kim Davis Can Save Us

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  With a population of less than 24,000 people, Rowan County, Kentucky is an unlikely place to capture the attention of our nation. However, a titanic moral and legal battle erupted when two residents of the county seat of Morehead refused to be denied a marriage license. Now, James Yates and William Smith, Jr. are […]

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