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Disruption: The Language of God

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  Today is the first Sunday after the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Nearing a year ago, Yanez murdered Philando Castile during a traffic stop. The entire incident was streamed live. The video seems clear. When police officers are involved, nothing is ever clear. How many pastors have mentioned anything about police brutality? How many […]

Deadly Bullies: Sparky & the Thompsons

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  Years ago, I was a youth minister in a small town church. As churches go, people took ownership of certain things. There was the music lady who protected the hymnals as if her life depended on it. There was the Bible teacher who refused to allow anyone else to teach. There was the usher […]

Cowards in Pulpits

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  *Only cowards have flags in their sanctuaries.   Not too long ago, I attended the wedding of two old men. Before the service started, my friend leaned over asked, “What’s that smell?” More interested in the service, I brushed him off and dismissively replied, “I have no idea.” As the service started, I smiled […]

Pastors: Your Press Conferences Suck

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  Early this morning, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed. I couldn’t help but notice the numerous press conferences pastors are holding all over the country. In each one, pastors put on their stoles and jump in front of the cameras. The problem is that such performances are unbelievable. Just this morning, I saw […]

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 United States Flag at the Front of the Church is Blasphemous

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  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 […]

Healing: A Visit and Conversation with the Rev. Dr. Garth Baker-Fletcher

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  * This interaction is derived from a recent conversation that I had with the Rev. Dr. Garth Baker-Fletcher at a rehabilitation facility where he is recovering from hip surgery. A retired professor, Baker-Fletcher is the author of Somebodyness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Theory of Dignity (1993), Xodus: An African-American Male Journey (1996), […]

The White Jesus is a Serial Killer

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You see them lurking in the hallways of church after church. In the same tired old faded colors, it is hard to miss the blond hair, blue eyes and white skin. I have even seen them in hospitals. Growing up, I was terrified of one representation that stared ominously at the viewer. The old white […]

Jesus is Dead! : An Easter Case for a Theological Resurrection

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Throughout my ministry, I have heard awful stories of pain, abuse and suffering. Though the stories are many and varied, there is one that sticks out above all others. During a time of group counseling around spiritual abuse, an older gentleman revealed that his youth group pinned him down and probed his ass with a […]

The Real Church is in The Streets: A Speech Delivered to the Dallas Rally Against Police Brutality on December 5, 2014

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  Whose streets???   Our streets!!!   Whose streets???   Our streets!!!   Good evening, my name is Rev. Jeff Hood. I work out of the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ…the largest LGBT church in the entire world. I serve as the Minister of Social Justice of their social justice ministry Hope for […]

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