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The Rhetoric of Robert Jeffress: An Ontology of Evil

  *A Conversation on Robert Jeffress, infamous Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas James Sanchez: Here’s a quote that sticks out from Robert Jeffress recent interview on Fox and Friends: “These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they’re not only free to earn millions of […]

Southern Baptist Pastor Affirms Polyamory!

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    *Interview I did with Chuck McKnight/Hippie Heretic…which originally appeared at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/hippieheretic/2017/09/southern-baptist-preacher-affirms-polyamory-interview-with-rev-dr-jeff-hood.html#W1julgJPAAysRidU.99   Chuck McKnight: Today, I’m interviewing Baptist pastor Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. CM: From your Southern Baptist background, I’m sure you haven’t always affirmed polyamory. Could you share how your views have shifted on this matter? What led to your change of […]

Morgan Guyton: An interview with Jeff Hood, author of The Execution of God

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  Morgan Guyton: An interview with Jeff Hood, author of The Execution of God MG: Hey Jeff, thanks for being willing to talk with me about your new book The Execution of God. It’s a very fascinating theological account of the death penalty. I wanted to start off by asking: how did you get started in […]

The Execution of God: Excerpts: Condemnation and Hell

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  11/12   “There will be silence!” “Sit down! Sit down!” “The charge is murder!” Death is natural. Murder is not. Do you recall the execution of God? You were there. So was I. We witnessed it all. We watched God being led into court. We heard the incriminating testimony. We listened to the damning […]

Scout Schultz: Dying to Live

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  I can remember that night. I wanted to take all of the pills. I was done. Repeatedly, I’d looked for help. Repeatedly, I’d come up empty. The room grew smaller and smaller. I had nowhere to go. Sweat poured everywhere. I prayed. That shit didn’t help. God seemed so far away. God was fake. […]

Would Jesus March at Dallas Pride? : 2014/2017

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    *Originally posted September 20, 2014. Throughout the morning, I’ve pondered the meaning of these old words.  Meaning is still there.     The many closet doors will be closed tightly at Dallas Pride.  Behind the smiles and drunken debauchery, there will be terror about what it would mean to leave the new normal that […]

Stormy Theology

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  Throughout existence, humans have leaned into storms to hear a word from beyond. It doesn’t matter where that beyond is. Beyond is beyond. Though the conclusions are varied, they all come from a lived reality. Theology is found in such realities. Theology is found in the storm.   “God was with us.” “God saved […]

From Beyond to Within: The Fall of Queerness

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    *Excerpt from my essay “Queering the Fall” in Ellin Jimmerson’s new book Rainbow in the Word     In the midst of normativity, temptation unleashes the queer. Queerness is what makes us divine. We all have our own unique responses to temptation. If not for temptation we would be just like everybody else. […]

A Recent Email to Our Children’s Teachers

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  Teachers.   I wanted to make sure that I sent this message to both of you.     As a matter of conscience, I am writing to request that our children stand outside the classroom and not participate in the pledge of allegiance/national anthem to the US (or Texas/not sure if y’all do that […]

Nashville and Harvey…and The End: Tales of Ignorant Responses

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    The Nashville Statement and the Irrelevance of Progressive Christianity     “Progressives only know how to do one thing…respond.” I was sitting in a classroom at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary when I uttered those words. The topic was, “The Changing Landscape of Religion in the United States.” There are few truths that […]

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