The Shirt


The Shirt   * words of comfort for a grieving preacher friend who wore a clergy shirt for the first time at his husband’s funeral.   I laid it out. I waited for the time. I heard you call. I said goodbye.   I went to the shirt. I held it tight. I knew the […]

Tonight, We Were Dining with God.


  Emily and I don’t have much money. Truthfully, the vegetables and rice were the best we could do tonight. We were tired. It didn’t matter. The kids were hungry. The words “money” and “tired” are not a part of their vocabulary. By the time everyone got to their plate, we were even more exhausted. […]

Jesus: “Fuck tha Police”


  While on routine patrol of Brooklyn, New York’s Pink Houses with his gun drawn and finger on the trigger (something law enforcement are trained to never do), rookie officer Peter Liang was startled by Akai Gurley and fired. The bullet tore through Gurley’s heart and the innocent man bled out as Liang tried to […]

What Does God Look Like?


  *The Church at the Table in Oak Lawn on 1/25/2016.   The looks of God are a curious thing to explore. However, I also think such attributes are something we can’t ignore. We are made in God’s image. What does God look like? God looks like us. We look like God. If you want […]

The Incarnation of Jesus…Anthony Hill


  In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “What you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.” Last year in a metropolitan suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, a young unarmed and naked mentally ill veteran by the name of Anthony Hill was running around his apartment complex. Concerned residents called police and Dekalb […]

The Case of Richard Masterson

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  While I’ve never published this type of damning report about someone who is about to be executed before, I think this case calls for it. I believe that Richard Masterson is beyond mentally incompetent. I can think of few things more cruel or unusual than to execute someone who is out of their mind. […]

I Believe in IT : The God Beyond God


*Delivered at The Church at the Table in Houston on 1/20/2016   While language can only take us so far…there are times in which our current language is not taking us far enough and other words can take us further. Tonight, I want us to explore that it would look like to shift our language […]

Release the Names!: An Address to the Dallas County Commissioners Court

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* Delivered at the Dallas County Commissioners Court on 1/19/2016 Today, I’m here to speak on behalf of the Joseph Hutcheson family. On August 1, 2015 around 10am, Hutcheson parked his truck on the curb outside the Lew Sterrett Justice Center here in Dallas County and hysterically ran up the hill. Upon entering the lobby, […]

The Thingyness of God


  *Based on a talk delivered at The Church of the Table in Fort Worth on 1/17/2016   The great woods were magnificent. Though I’d hiked many places, I’d never experienced anything like this. There was energy to the place that was unexplainable. The things that surrounded me were so full of God. The trees […]

True Pastors Don’t Endorse Candidates!


  Back in October, I was absolutely appalled at the spectacle of seeing a room full of evangelical pastors fawning all over Donald Trump. Not long after the circus, the Pastor of First Baptist Dallas Dr. Robert Jeffress stood in front of another circus to pray for and practically endorse Trump at one of his […]