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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 […]

The Death Penalty in Our Communities

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  Last night, Christopher Wilkins was executed. An admitted killer of many people, Wilkins was deemed unworthy of life. In the midst of thinking about the killing, I began to think about the many deaths that we cause. Three killings of the vulnerable in my home of Denton, Texas stood out. In each of these […]

Forbidden Words: Christmas Interactions with the Queer Christ

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An Interpretation of the Christmas Story   In the days of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, there was an old minister named Bob whose partner was named Tommy. For many years, the couple had wanted a child and now they were old. One evening as Bob was alone praying for a child, a bright light came […]

DENTON, DALLAS AND THE AFTERMATH OF A SHOOTING

Gessel Tobias, VOA

  The slam of the car door sent me scrambling last night. I ran down the street as fast as I could. I knew it was happening all over again. Throughout my body, adrenaline exploded.  The terror was back. When I finally stopped, I was alone. The dark streets of our neighborhood reminded me that I was still close to […]

The Slap

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Sitting on a park bench… I saw a woman slap her child tonight. The offense was hitting another child. I watched the little girl take it. What else was she supposed to do? Before I could react… They were gone. Peace seems impossible. You can’t teach a child not to hit by hitting.

The God in the Table

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  *Preached at The Church at the Table in Denton, Texas on 1/10/16   A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC  There’s a light in the attic. Thought the house is dark and shuttered, I can see a flickerin’ flutter, And I know what it’s about. There’s a light on in the attic. I can see it […]

If She Has a Penis…

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For over 40 weeks, Emily has carried our son and daughter. We walked all day. With every step, I held Emily’s hand and she engaged every contraction with grit and determination. Over and over, I looked into her eyes and knew that my home will be wherever she is. Despite the pain, today was about […]

The Danger of the Immigration Debate is Forgetting God’s Love for the World

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  We stood outside the White House chanting slogans about immigration.  Leaders of the protest kept trying to put signs and other things into my hands.  I kept rejecting whatever was handed to me.  The truth is that I was most interested in holding a cross.   The rhetoric surrounding immigration often centers on ideas […]

air: who needs it anyway? / a short tale from the city with the worst air quality in Texas…Denton

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  Denton is tied with Houston as having the worst air quality in Texas.  Tonight, I sat through a Denton City Council meeting during the course of which I heard citizen after citizen speak about physical ailments caused by poor local air quality.  The cause of the pollution is no mystery…there is drilling or fracking […]

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