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God Loves A Killer

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  God Loves A Killer   Cold. The visiting room is always cold. Death lingers. I didn’t wear a coat. There is nothing to do but wait. Well, I guess there are a couple of Bibles available…but it’s hard to read it when God seems so absent. The doors rattled. I watched as inmates went […]

The Execution of an Evil Man

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  A few years ago, I began to write Texas death row inmate Christopher Wilkins. From the beginning, I could tell that Wilkins was very calculated disturbed person. In the midst of such danger, I still made the decision to serve Wilkins as a spiritual guide. After writing for some time, Wilkins invited me to […]

Max Soffar is Alive and We’re Dead

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  In 2014, I put together a letter from an influential group of Baptists asking the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for clemency for terminally ill death row inmate Max Soffar (included below). There were many questions about his guilt then. There are even more questions now. Unfortunately, Max Soffar died of cancer this […]

Abolish that Damn Death Penalty!

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  *This is a “Letter to the Editor” set to be published in dozens of Texas publications over the next few days.   Dear Editor,   Why do we keep on killing people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? Logic like this is more twisted than a runaway tornado. I’m so […]

The Brutality We Ignore

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  Under the auspices of enforcing the law, they came to the door. Grabbing the unarmed man, they forced him down the hallway. With every step, the man pleaded for his life. Opening the door, they forced him down. After multiple shots, they declared, “We feared for our lives and had to kill him.” The […]

Testimony on Texas HB 1527: A Bill to Abolish the Death Penalty

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  Thank you. My name is Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. I am the Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace and Justice…which is the social justice ministry of a consortium of churches in the Dallas area…and I sit on the Board of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. I am here to […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #511 Ray Jasper / March 19, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Ray Jasper: “…stay strong and faithful to God.” Sometimes we deny our own strength. Unbeknownst to us, God has placed deep reservoirs of strength within every person. Upon the culmination of many hard years on death row, […]

Not One More! : Words from Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Faith Leader Lobby Day

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  Good afternoon. My name is Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. I am standing right outside of the Governors office here in Texas. We just dropped off a faith leader sign on letter with over 550 signatures of Texas faith leaders…who are committed to abolishing the death penalty. I am so proud to be standing with […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #496 Richard Cobb / April 25, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Richard Cobb- “Life is death, death is life.” Matter is never created or destroyed. So what happens when we die? With the needle in his arm, Richard Cobb declared that there is life in death. The matter […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #494 Ricky Lewis / April 9, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas Ricky Lewis: “It’s burning.” When the poison started to flow through the needle, Ricky Lewis said that his body was burning. Lewis is just one example of a great many executed persons who have reported a burning […]

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