The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 18


Walking down a busy highway late in the day was different than anything I’d done before.  People were honking and yelling as I walked.  I don’t think anyone was honking and yelling because they liked the look of a man in a robe either.  I was unnerved.  I thought about stopping.  I was tired.  I […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 16


  I woke up.  I woke up.  I woke up.  The transition from sleep to engagement with the world was difficult.  I felt terrible.  This was only to be my fourth day on my pilgrimage.  How would I survive?  I prayed and started to force my bones to move.   Still moving slowly, I met […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 15


I was not too far over the Brazos County line when a Sheriff’s Deputy rolled up.  Jumping out of the car, the Deputy started a line of call and response with me, “Where are you going?”  “To Austin”  “Walking?”  “Yes, I am walking from Livingston to Austin in protest of the death penalty.”  “Ok…”  Then […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 14


Sleeping is not easy when you are not on a bed.  We take our rest for granted.  Homelessness is a pervasive problem in our world.  We do violence everyday when we don’t consider the sleepless nights of others.  I spent the first few waking hours of my second day on pilgrimage walking against the death […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12 and 13


Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps growing in my humanity.  There […]

“Embracing the Power of the Queer” – A Sermon Delivered at the Cathedral of Hope / June 4, 2014


  adapted transcription below full video at What a powerful thing to be standing before you tonight.  My story is convoluted and strange.  The first time I took communion from someone I knew was openly gay…was from Rev. Mike Piazza when he visited Emory University and I was a student there.  That was a […]

The United States Flag at the Front of the Church is Blasphemous


  A United States soldier processed the flag of the United States of America in to our sanctuary as we stood at attention singing “God Bless America.”  The veterans in our midst were honored as we sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” proceeded the pastor’s fiery sermon on the coming […]

Jesus is Calling…Please Pick Up: An Open Letter to Brother Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee


Brother Bill.  I bring you greetings in the name of our savior…Jesus the Christ.  We both graduated from Emory University…a university that I know gave us both a strong social conscience.  I write because I am deeply pained in my spirit by your decision to use the electric chair for executions in Tennessee.  I feel […]

To the Muslim Student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: A Word of Satire


Congratulations.  You are to be commended for starting your journey toward a doctorate in archeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  I was surprised when I read of your matriculation and even more surprised that Southwestern’s President Paige Patterson is supportive.  Dr. Patterson is a fair man.  Just ask all the professors he fired at Southeastern.  […]

Glen Stassen 1936-2014 / A Tribute from a Southern Baptist


  Baptist Christian Ethicist Glen Stassen died today after a battle with cancer.  We only spoke once.  The conversation occurred after I sent him the following email on September 5, 2009: Dr. Stassen,   My name is Jeff Hood and I am a ThM student at The Candler School of Theology at Emory University studying […]