The Cold Dead Jesus: A Plea for a Post-Easter Resurrection

Il “Cristo velato” di Giuseppe Sanmartino

  *Easter Message Delivered in Denton, Texas on April 6, 2015   Let’s begin with the excluded God. What does it mean for God to be left out? My mind immediately conjures up a situation at the church I attend, the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. Our church was founded to be the […]

Beauty: The Sunset Revelation


  Sunsets are no respecters of our categories. The sun just sets and blazes her colors across the sky. Throughout my time in Zimbabwe, I’ve found beauty or perhaps beauty has found me. This evening is no different. As the sun slips past the clouds, I’m amazed at the people who stop. In the midst […]

The Real Serial Killer: Our Categories


We sit at a profound moment in history. Daily, we are privy to images of social upheaval broadcast into our consciousness from all over the world. We regularly see the consequences of our fictitious categories. We’ve created more monsters than we can count. We thought that skin tones said something innate about who or what […]

When the Truth Became a Lie


  Truth was until it was not. The mutation of truth was the greatest deception of all. The truth we all thought we were following became the exact opposite. The advocates of truth became protectors of the lie. When people started to realize what happened, it was too late. The lie made us nothing more […]

Our Magician: The Holy Spirit


*This is the fourth installment of my weekly theological conversations with my summer intern, Christian Parks.   C: What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit?   J: The magical Holy Spirit is the great queerer. Blurring our identities, the Holy Spirit guides us into deeper being. In deeper spaces of being, we learn to […]

Closing Prayer at the Inauguration of Jeff Hood as Chief of the Hall County Fire Department


Good evening. I am the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood from Denton, Texas. I have come a long way to pray with you. Will you please oblige me by bowing your heads? God we come to you from many different religions, nationalities, races, classes, orientations, genders, abilities and various other categories and identifications…some ascribed by our […]

I AM the Light of the World: Connecting Queerly with the Gospel of John at Living Faith Covenant Church


  Queer Theology goes beyond identity.  Queer Theology seeks to affirm people for who God has created them to be.  So often we give categories and identities to provide description for who we are.  We forget that we were created in the image of God and that the core of us is that dear image.  […]