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When a White Woman Dies: On Blue Supremacy

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  Repeatedly, I’ve stood in front of cameras and audiences to loudly declare to white people, “If you don’t engage in the struggle against police brutality, the next tragedy will be yours.” Yesterday, it was. Not long after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault, Justine Ruszczyk-Damond was gunned down by one of the […]

The Phrase: Remembering July 7

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  *Originally in Dallas Morning News on July 7, 2017   Life is a peculiar thing. Occasionally, you find yourself in places you never expected. The allure of something more pulls you further. Then, the world explodes.   I watched last year as police put Alton Sterling down like an animal. The video played over […]

The Sermon After the Shooting

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  Delivered after the July 7 shooting at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas on July 10, 2016.     It’s been a very busy time. Just a few days ago, I organized the rally and march that preceded the deaths of five police officers in Dallas. This morning I want to journey through the […]

Truth=False

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  God is truth. We are not. The mortal search for truth is continuous. The fullness of truth is never found in this life. Those who believe otherwise are perpetuators of that which is false. Often, I meet these assumed keepers of truth.   I was exchanging small talk to a police officer. Then, he […]

Theology of Abuse in The Park

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  Earlier today, I took my kids to the park. While they were playing, I noticed a mom disciplining her child. When the child refused to do what she asked, the mom slapped the child across the face. Immediately, my son Jeff screamed, “You shouldn’t treat someone you love like that!” My heart was filled […]

Heresy is Participation: A Plea to My Colleagues

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  Just a few years ago, I traveled to stand in solidarity with a brutalized community. When I arrived, I followed the lead of local activists. They were ready to go. When we arrived at the authorities’ designated protest site, we started to march. For days, we marched along the same path. I even heard […]

3 Years Later: Don’t You Dare Turn Your Head: The Self-Immolation of The Rev. Charles Moore

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    As the lightening crashes on this night, the passion of Rev. Charles Moore visits me again…     Originally written on July 3, 2014     The fiery passion of 79-year-old retired United Methodist pastor The Rev. Charles Moore is raging in my soul right now.  On June 23 around 5:30pm, Moore exited […]

The Murder of a Mom: Justice for Genevive Dawes!

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On January 18, 2017, two Dallas police officers trapped a stolen car in the back of a parking lot. When the car started to move, the officers discharged their weapons into the car. Genevive Dawes was mortally wounded and bled out a short time later. The 21-year-old unarmed mother of two was murdered.   In […]

Disruption: The Language of God

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  Today is the first Sunday after the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Nearing a year ago, Yanez murdered Philando Castile during a traffic stop. The entire incident was streamed live. The video seems clear. When police officers are involved, nothing is ever clear. How many pastors have mentioned anything about police brutality? How many […]

God is Afraid

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  Humanity mixed with divinity is a lethal combination. Explanations are fleeting. Jesus is the full incarnation of God. Jesus is God. On the way to the cross, there is no doubt that Jesus is terrified of what’s next. From the anxious blood to the pleas for help to the shouts of abandonment, God was […]

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