Forgive Us Marksville: #JeremyMardis


  Dear Marksville.   Though my activism has taken me to many places, I’ve never been to your town. For this, I’m profoundly sorry. I’ve kept up with the case of Jeremy Mardis ever since he was gunned down with his seatbelt on. Truth be known, I was too engaged in a variety of other […]

A Death Penalty Prayer Delivered in Dallas/Fort Worth


  Let us pray- Oh God, we have participated in the mechanisms of death. We must repent before we approach you this evening with our requests. We are guilty of murder God. Please forgive us.   (pause) The grace of God extends to the vilest of sinners. Let us proceed with the knowledge that our sins […]

Bart Ate God


  “Where was God?” I knew the question was coming. I could feel it. My son is a smart kid. I knew he wouldn’t let the death of an older former babysitter go without discussion. I welcome these questions. I don’t hide from them. I engage them directly. So, I replied, “Bart ate God.” Immediately, […]

Staying Home: Churcholm Syndrome


  Growing up, I was in church every Sunday. I sat in our favorite pew. I memorized every hymn. I remembered the scriptures. I sought Jesus the best I knew how. I always knew that something wasn’t right about that space. Oppression came from every direction. I couldn’t get out. I didn’t know enough. Decades […]

Words for Dallas’ ‘Enough is Enough’ Rally


*I’m thankful that my brother Robert Morris read these words at the Dallas rally.   I apologize that I’m not with you this evening. Life won’t allow it. So, I’m forced to communicate to you at this grave hour through the written word.   We are in the middle of a national crisis. The bodies […]

Those Confederate Flags in De Leon


  *I wrote the following letter to the editor for the people of De Leon, Texas after a recent visit.   Beauty reaches out and grabs you. I experience it every time. I see it. I feel it. I hear it. The land speaks. The fields sway. The sky never stops. I could go on […]


Gessel Tobias, VOA

  The slam of the car door sent me scrambling last night. I ran down the street as fast as I could. I knew it was happening all over again. Throughout my body, adrenaline exploded.  The terror was back. When I finally stopped, I was alone. The dark streets of our neighborhood reminded me that I was still close to […]

God in Despair: Reflection in Comanche, Texas

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*Delivered at Hope Lutheran Church Listen. We keep hearing of pain and rumors of pain.   Think. Our society is often drowning. Our personal lives are sick. We need something more than what we can grasp to survive. Yet, we still reach.   Feel. Most people reach for connection. We assume that our identity will […]



  Claiming a fictitious past. Finding a fictitious present. Praying for a fictitious future. You are the worst kind of liar. You don’t remember when you’re telling the truth. You say we have problems. Where were you? Where were you when the bodies dropped? Where were you when families were devastated? Where were you when […]

The One Question that Defines Our Faith


Does God experience our pain?   Amen.