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Those Confederate Flags in De Leon

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  *I wrote the following letter to the editor for the people of De Leon, Texas after a recent visit.   Beauty reaches out and grabs you. I experience it every time. I see it. I feel it. I hear it. The land speaks. The fields sway. The sky never stops. I could go on […]

DENTON, DALLAS AND THE AFTERMATH OF A SHOOTING

Gessel Tobias, VOA

  The slam of the car door sent me scrambling last night. I ran down the street as fast as I could. I knew it was happening all over again. Throughout my body, adrenaline exploded.  The terror was back. When I finally stopped, I was alone. The dark streets of our neighborhood reminded me that I was still close to […]

God in Despair: Reflection in Comanche, Texas

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*Delivered at Hope Lutheran Church Listen. We keep hearing of pain and rumors of pain.   Think. Our society is often drowning. Our personal lives are sick. We need something more than what we can grasp to survive. Yet, we still reach.   Feel. Most people reach for connection. We assume that our identity will […]

Problems.

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  Claiming a fictitious past. Finding a fictitious present. Praying for a fictitious future. You are the worst kind of liar. You don’t remember when you’re telling the truth. You say we have problems. Where were you? Where were you when the bodies dropped? Where were you when families were devastated? Where were you when […]

The One Question that Defines Our Faith

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Does God experience our pain?   Amen.

Sidewalk Hate

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“Faggot.” Where did that come from? I politely smiled at the guy. I was just walking down the street. I was trying to be nice. How can a chance encounter become so hateful? I guess hate is the only answer. Though I’ve been called a “Faggot” before, this time was particularly painful. I think it […]

The Sunday Existentialist

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  Eyes wired shut. Repeated rapid pupil movements. Face up. Head toward the ceiling. Nostrils sucking in air. Chest at ease. Arms relaxed. Legs straight. My flesh rests easy in the hammock that is my bones. I am one with the night. The night is one with me.   Do I know that I’m asleep? […]

Don’t Go To Church. Be The Church.

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Don’t Go To Church. Be The Church.   Shortly before being arrested for civil disobedience, I said these words at the Dallas Rally Against Police Brutality in December of 2014:   There is an indictment against our religious communities. That indictment is here tonight. Asking the question… How long? How long must we work? How […]

The Passion of Jacques Hamel

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Early this morning, terrorists stormed a church in Normandy, France. When the doors flew open, an 86-year-old priest named Jascques Hamel was standing down front performing Mass. Before much resistance could be mustered, the terrorists cut the throat of Hamel and took several others hostage. Over an extended period of time, Hamel bled out and […]

Future

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  God is Dead That’s exactly what I said I feel so alone No one is home Why do I pray To waste the day Why can’t I just be Stay awake with me How will this stop Shots falling Bodies dropping Blood splattering Daddy don’t get shot Out of the mouth of the children […]

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