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Drop the Gun!

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  Earlier today, a lone gunman opened fire in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at the airport in Fort Lauderdale. The sounds were deafening. Bullets repeatedly penetrated bodies. Everybody ran. When the smoke cleared, five people were dead and countless others were wounded. The carnage hasn’t fazed most citizens. In our country, these […]

War Crimes in Aleppo: Do Something!

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I spent this morning watching videos from people in Aleppo. Person after person repeated the same message, I am going to die and this is going to be my last video. People are being slaughtered in the streets. Blood runs down the sidewalk. People can’t get out. In the midst of unbelievable suffering, the regime […]

We’re Dead: Guns Mattered More

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  With the defeat of multiple gun control measures this evening, the US Senate has made it clear that they believe that guns matter more than human lives.   The blood that flowed out of Mother Emanuel AME Church doesn’t matter.   The blood that flowed out of Pulse Nightclub doesn’t matter.   The blood […]

Her name is Amy Francis-Joyner

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  I love Prince. We experienced the loss of a true cultural icon this week. We also experienced another great loss.   Earlier this week, Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware was the site of a fight. This was a planned confrontation. Before school began, a couple of girls met in the bathroom. […]

Tamir Rice and Our Sin

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Our laws allow for our police to shoot first and ask questions later. The murder of Tamir Rice is the consequence of our actions and inactions. We are an evil people.  Our hands are covered in blood. I don’t see how anyone can follow Jesus and see this situation differently. Who’s going to be our […]

Thank You: A Prayer in Crisis

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  The natural birth of Lucas was amazing. Madeleine was a little slower to make her appearance. Emily was experiencing contraction after contraction and nothing was happening. After close to four hours, I noticed something dripping on the floor. I don’t know why, but I assumed that it was water for a moment. When I […]

Dangerous Theology in Houston: Excerptible Words from Speaking Tour on the Death Penalty

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– Excerpt from address to Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Houston Chapter on Speaking Tour:   Christians have blood on their hands. Here in Texas, our historical theology has made a way for the death penalty. We taught over and over that the wrath of God was not to be satisfied without the […]

“time” and “belief” / 2 poems

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“time” depression nibbles the dogs ran away i am haunted by the attack blood was all they wanted the problem was it was mine what do you do the only way to be in relationship is to bleed how do you survive how do you know when will things go back up i guess you […]

The Taliban in the Self

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  Shots rang out. Blood was everywhere. Bodies hit the floor. Children screamed. The images and descriptions of the scene at a school in Pakistan are more than horrific. Over 130 children are dead over an extremist religious ideology. From terrorist attack to terrorist attack, the Taliban have proven that there is no end to […]

The Blessing of Communion at Domestic Violence Prevention Wednesday // Cathedral of Hope UCC 10/8/14

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  Well…I’m a little tired.  I’ve had a hell of a day to be honest with you.  I don’t know if any of you share such sentiments.  I had two particularly painful experiences today.  One was this afternoon…I shared time with a 28-year-old man who is dying of bone cancer.  There was a tremendous amount […]

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