Lenten Remix 5: Love in Rome


  “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in LOVE.”   I’ve read Romans 8:1 thousands of times. Over and over, the name “Christ Jesus” cut into my flesh like a sword. I think it was because the verse was always used to condemn. If God is love and Jesus is the incarnation […]

The Church: The Start (Part3of15)


Though this is definitely outside of what I normally write, I’ve decided to publish a novella entitled “The Church.” From Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, I will be publishing the work of fiction in 15 parts. Each day, I will publish a part of the story of Christian and his quest to plant the largest […]

The Intern Monologues: Death


  C: What is death?   J: Death is a lie. The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate definition of death. Like a lingering sickness, death afflicts us until we succumb to it and realize that ultimately the full manifestation of the sickness is the healing. Our healing is found in our resurrection. However, there […]

LOVE: Wrestling with the Wrestlings of Paul and the Root of Our Self


*Delivered at Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas on 9/18/2014 We are in the midst of a series entitled “Wrestling with Romans.”  I think if we are going to be honest with our self and study the book of Romans then we have to talk about the wrestlings of a Roman […]

The Last Testament of Joseph Wood: The Prophet of a Botched Execution


  “Why have you forsaken me?” is a proper description of what many of us might feel if someone was standing over us about to intentionally inject deadly chemicals into our body.  Joseph Wood spent time talking about his love for Jesus.  How are we to respond when a man who has been convicted of […]