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Tamir Rice and Our Sin

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Our laws allow for our police to shoot first and ask questions later. The murder of Tamir Rice is the consequence of our actions and inactions. We are an evil people.  Our hands are covered in blood. I don’t see how anyone can follow Jesus and see this situation differently. Who’s going to be our […]

Love your neighbor…BE QUEER. : A Sermon at the First Congregational Church in Fort Worth, Texas

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  When you stop to consider the absence of information that we’ve got about the childhood of Jesus, these passages about a young Jesus in the temple are incredibly profound. After a young Jesus leaves the temple, there is another huge gap (18 years to be exact) in the narrative. There is a reason that […]

The Dark Water of Salvation

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  The grass is wet. My toes feel all of nature. Each touch is mysterious. The rocks grow harder. My feet remember the origin. Each step draws me out. The dock is old. My being remembers the waves. Each plank grows the fear. The edge pulls closer. My brain tells me to turn. Each moment […]

Christmas in Dixie

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  When the frantic calls started to flood his phone, Bobby Daniels knew his son Bias was in deep trouble. In the midst of an emotional breakdown, Bias had a gun and had just held a hostage for 45 minutes. Desperate to save his son, Bobby rushed to the scene. Talking his son down, Bobby […]

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and the Slaughter of the Innocent

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    When the frantic calls started to flood his phone, Bobby Daniels knew his son Bias was in deep trouble. In the midst of an emotional breakdown, Bias had a gun and had just held a hostage for 45 minutes. Desperate to save his son, Bobby rushed to the scene. Talking his son down, […]

The Buddhist Madonna: A Christmas Miracle

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  Many years ago, I worked as a chaplain at a large public hospital. Late one night, I received a message to get to the lobby immediately. Christmas was only a week away and I ran past a nativity scene stuck to the glass. Jumping down the steps, I felt like I just didn’t believe […]

Outside the Inn with the Shitty God

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  *sermon delivered on 12/20/15 at The Beloved Community in Asheville, North Carolina   The incarnation of God is a shitty story. This speaks not of the quality of the story…but rather where the story takes places. Jesus was born in a stable full of shit.   The Christmas story is a strange tale. Don’t […]

The Protector of Brutality in Dallas County

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  Desperate for help back on August 1, 2015, Joseph Hutcheson parked his truck on the curb of the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas, Texas and ran inside. Not long after entering around 10:24am, Hutcheson screamed, “Don’t hurt me, I just need some help.” The deputies tackled him and wrestled him to the ground. […]

Cpl. Stephen Bean Chose to Kill: Beware of Denton

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  Throughout the last few years, I’ve worked with families seeking justice in the midst of police brutality. Over and over again, I’ve watched law enforcement make decisions to kill people when they didn’t have to. The killing of Ryan McMillan is just another example. Only a few seconds after Cpl. Stephen Bean of the […]

Abolish that Damn Death Penalty!

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  *This is a “Letter to the Editor” set to be published in dozens of Texas publications over the next few days.   Dear Editor,   Why do we keep on killing people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? Logic like this is more twisted than a runaway tornado. I’m so […]

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