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The Execution of God: Excerpts: Condemnation and Hell

Chalice Press

  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

Georgia Public Broadcasting

  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

NASA

  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

Photo by Filip Bunkens

  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

Photo by Darren Coleshill

    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 […]

God is Underwater

Marko Blažević

  I remember it all very clearly. I was very conservative. Sitting in my girlfriend’s dorm room, we watched the horrific images of people begging for help from their roofs. We’d all just witnessed one of the worst natural disasters ever. In the midst of it all, we were glued to the television. Eventually, we […]

Clergy and the Violence of Peace

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  It’s a long way from Dallas to Ferguson…but I had to go. I knew you couldn’t follow God and sit on your ass.   The air went out. Fire was all I knew. Sweat poured down my face. God met me there.   When I arrived, I was introduced to the clergy group. One […]

Martyr. #HeatherHeyer

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  I never knew her. Then again, maybe I did. I have seen her in the streets of Dallas. I saw her in Ferguson. She was in Baltimore. Heather Heyer has been in the millions and millions of people who have dared to fight against injustice. She has been with us all along. I never […]

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