The Slaughter of Joseph or Daniel Shaver


  Have you ever wondered what happened to Joseph?   He was slaughtered in Mesa, Arizona.   The early days were full of struggle. Forced to endure a difficult pregnancy, Mary and Joseph finally arrived the place of birth. Every room was full. So they found the best place they could and prepared for the […]

Dead Body Disqualifies Valdez

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    *Dallas Morning News Editorial // appearing online on December 9, 2017 @ // appearing in print on December 11, 2017     On drugs and out of his mind, Joseph Hutcheson raced around Dallas. It was Aug. 1, 2015, and Hutcheson knew he was taking a ride for his life. With every […]

Tell Me The Truth: Thoughts on Our Times

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Tell me the truth.   One of the oddest beliefs in human existence is in this idea of truth. There is no truth. There is only us. We are truth. There is only now. It is truth. Or maybe there is nothing at all.   I don’t know the truth.   I have long been […]

School Names Shouldn’t Be Racist

Denton Independent School District

  “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation…until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.” -Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States / in the film Birth of a Nation This is racist. Just the […]

“Dallas Activist’s Grandson Murdered” and The Cost of Discipleship


  It depends on the hour. Sometimes we get along. Sometimes we don’t. Regardless, we all know each other.   When I saw “Dallas Activist’s Grandson Murdered,” I knew it was somebody I knew.   I was hesitant to even open the link.   Click.   Rev. Ronald Wright’s grandson…   Tyrek Jenkins started walking […]

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 […]