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United Methodist Insensitivity Unleashed in North Texas

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    “What were they thinking?”   I almost didn’t write this piece. People kept telling me how nice the people in the photograph are. I don’t doubt it. One question remains.   “What were they thinking?”   Pictured are 5 United Methodist ministers in the North Texas Annual Conference. The picture was taken at […]

The Tall Grass

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  The Tall Grass Neighbor to the Water Creates a Hole Beauty Grows The Greens The Blues Remind Me of You North Dakota Driving Well Fighting Back Against All Hell We Roll On We Can’t Stop It’s Seabeck, Washington Or Drop The Tall Grass Moving Shaking Shifting Growing Tell Me All of Your Secrets Calling […]

The Passion of Charles Moore: Two Years Later

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  The Rev. Charles Moore visits me often.  For over two years now, I’ve closed my eyes and felt the pull of his flame.  The media attention is over.  Too much time has passed for most.  Our memories are so frail.  I won’t ever be able to forget.  I still see the flames.  To commemorate the […]

The Cost of Your Plate

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    Would you eat beef that cost a forest? Would you eat fish that cost an ocean? Would you eat meat that cost starvation? Where are you going to put all of these animals? How are you going to stop global warming when your diet causes it? The questions of destruction are endless. The […]

Dialogues with a Disciple: On the Ocean

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  *Christian Parks is accompanying me again this summer. Throughout our time together, we will post brief snippets of our conversations.   C: In a break from visiting with the guys on death row, we had an amazing opportunity to witness the last glimpse of the Strawberry Moon over the ocean in Galveston. What did God […]

We’re Dead: Guns Mattered More

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  With the defeat of multiple gun control measures this evening, the US Senate has made it clear that they believe that guns matter more than human lives.   The blood that flowed out of Mother Emanuel AME Church doesn’t matter.   The blood that flowed out of Pulse Nightclub doesn’t matter.   The blood […]

The Gospel Next Door: A Short Review

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  Where are we going? How did we get here? What does tomorrow hold?   God is making all things new.   Don’t believe it?   Walk next door.   I get turned around on the journey. I get confused. I lose my sense of direction. I get afraid. I feel like I should give […]

The Beyond Stunning Hypocrisy of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

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  The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship responded swiftly to the recent crises in Orlando. From pastoral care to providing care packages to a variety of other services, churches and individuals affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship really stepped up. These actions should be commended.   Unfortunately, the care and services provided are not the entirety of […]

On the 10th Anniversary of My Ordination

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  Jesus called me into ministry.   The institutional church has put me through hell.   The keepers of the normative have always tried to stand in my way.   Having spent years in discernment, I will never forget the first question. “Do you believe in a literal hell?” After an afternoon of similar questions, […]

On the One Year Anniversary of the Tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church

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middle row: Daniel Simmons,  Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders
Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson

  Almost a year ago, I released this statement to numerous outlets after learning of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church:   “Tragedy amplifies our desperate desire to hear a word from God. In the midst of suffocating times, sojourners gathered last night and placed their ears to the sky. As a testament to […]

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