Donald Trump is Not the Problem / We Are

Official Portrait of Donald Trump

    Donald Trump is not the problem.   Jesus heard the reports. Jesus heard the rumblings. Jesus felt the oppression.   Jesus didn’t send out messages. Jesus didn’t make phone calls. Jesus didn’t sign petitions. Jesus didn’t organize at all.   Jesus believed in the power of one. Jesus believed in the fury of […]

I Miss My Grandmother

Jeff Hood

    (italics are words I’ve used in previous posts)       It was three years ago.   I remember.   She never understood my activism and progressive ministry. While I was at home for Thanksgiving, my grandmother brought up “the gays” (in her words). I asked her, “Have you ever been attracted to […]

We Killed Damon Allen.

Texas Gov/Family

  2 Men in Uniform.   We told him that he could serve his country. We told him that we would be proud. We told him that he would be taken care of. We told him…   The station looked like most others. The recruiters were used car salesmen…only they specialized in warm bodies. The […]

The Baptism of a Dog: Ponderings from The God of the Future

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available at:     Throughout The God of the Future, I struggled. Many of the questions I met were more than I was prepared to deal with. Regardless, I did. The following words, sentences and paragraphs are a witness to my struggle. God was there the entire time and God will be there for […]

Charles Manson: Son of God

Public Domain

  Unaware of what I was getting myself into, I jumped in one of those motorcycle taxi things. I had no idea that such a contraption could travel so fast. Honestly, it felt like the damn thing was going to fall to pieces at any moment. When we finally arrived at the center of the […]

The Gurney Destroyed: A Lesson in Defiance


  *These are the final paragraphs from one of my latests…The Execution of God, published by Chalice Press.     Throughout the day, I will travel to the execution chamber in Huntsville. Instead of commemorating Holy Week in a place of worship, I’ve chosen to experience the passion of Jesus in Adam Ward. When the […]

Resisting Mugabe in Zimbabwe

Jeff Hood

  *It brings me great joy to have been blessed with the privilege of playing an infinitesimal part of the downfall of Zimbabwean Dictator Robert Mugabe. I wrote this from Zimbabwe on February 8, 2016.   Dirt has been a constant companion. Like air, you’re constantly breathing it in and exhaling it out. When the […]

A Short Theology of Sleep

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    “What’s taking so long?” The restaurant seemed to attract assholes. It seemed like rudeness grew by the hour. When she got in her car, she let out a sigh of relief. She began to drive home. After kissing her kids, she arrived at the place she had longed for all day. Laying down […]

THOUGHTS for a COUP / / The Impromptu Sermon: Thoughts on Christian Defiance in Zimbabwe

Jesus drives out the merchants - John 2:13-16

*Originally posted while I was in Zimbabwe on February 6, 2016   **Reposted in response to the current coup unfolding in Zimbabwe.   Earlier this afternoon, a group of Zimbabwean government officials asked me to discuss politics with them. This is an authoritarian society where such an invitation can be dangerous. Nevertheless, I engaged. When […]

Lay Down Your Body


  How far would I go?   How far would you go?   The halls were dark. Time was drawing to a close. Every step was accompanied by the same words, “Dead body walking.” There was also a whisper, “I was in prison…” Something seemed to be close. The roomed seemed so far away. Fear […]