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Memories of God: Murder and Something Greater

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  The images of God were colorful and inviting. The problem was they looked more like a fairy tale than a description of the creator of the universe. I begged God to give me faith. God didn’t. Every night, I prayed for something. I found silence. There was nothing there. Finally, I realized I was […]

Progressive Christians & Darth Vader: On Freedom

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  Earlier today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill that prevents religious sermons from being subpoenaed and also prohibits religious leaders from being forced to testify about their religious sermons. The impetus for the law originates from conservative churches that ferociously opposed equality/anti-discrimination ordinances/actions and were pushed to hand over and testify about their […]

The Execution of an Evil Man

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  A few years ago, I began to write Texas death row inmate Christopher Wilkins. From the beginning, I could tell that Wilkins was very calculated disturbed person. In the midst of such danger, I still made the decision to serve Wilkins as a spiritual guide. After writing for some time, Wilkins invited me to […]

Missing Dreams

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  Have you ever missed a dream? You woke up before it started. You tried to catch it. It was gone. For the rest of your life, you’re left to wonder about that dream. Dreams we meet in waking hours are like that too. We think that life can be better. We close our eyes. […]

Allahu Akhbar

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  I was surprised by the words. Since I’m not a Muslim, I’m not in places where people say “Allahu Akhbar” often. After the owner of an Iranian restuarant I frequent declared “Allahu Akhbar,” he told me that was trying to remind me that God is greater. I was very moved. On the way home, […]

Voices of Love: At the Execution of Barney Fuller

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    Voices of Love   Have you ever heard voices? I hear them all. There are a particular set that are haunting. I hear them saying a variety of things. “I’m innocent.” “Please God!” “Forgive me.” “Why are you killing me?” The voices are too real to be fake.   I saw the horrible […]

Maybe Dreams Will Save Us: A Rap on Abolition

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  *This article first appeared on the website of the Alliance of Baptists.   Eyes closed. Thoughts flood my brain. The deeper I fall asleep, the more the thoughts subside. Rapid-eye movement sets in. I’m lost in a world of dreams. There is one I’ve come to know well. Someone cries out. The police bust […]

Forgive Us Marksville: #JeremyMardis

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  Dear Marksville.   Though my activism has taken me to many places, I’ve never been to your town. For this, I’m profoundly sorry. I’ve kept up with the case of Jeremy Mardis ever since he was gunned down with his seatbelt on. Truth be known, I was too engaged in a variety of other […]

A Death Penalty Prayer Delivered in Dallas/Fort Worth

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  Let us pray- Oh God, we have participated in the mechanisms of death. We must repent before we approach you this evening with our requests. We are guilty of murder God. Please forgive us.   (pause) The grace of God extends to the vilest of sinners. Let us proceed with the knowledge that our sins […]

Bart Ate God

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  “Where was God?” I knew the question was coming. I could feel it. My son is a smart kid. I knew he wouldn’t let the death of an older former babysitter go without discussion. I welcome these questions. I don’t hide from them. I engage them directly. So, I replied, “Bart ate God.” Immediately, […]

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