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A Death Penalty Prayer Delivered in Dallas/Fort Worth

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  Let us pray- Oh God, we have participated in the mechanisms of death. We must repent before we approach you this evening with our requests. We are guilty of murder God. Please forgive us.   (pause) The grace of God extends to the vilest of sinners. Let us proceed with the knowledge that our sins […]

Killing Andrew Thomas

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  On a frequent basis, I get messages from death row inmates. Due to the volume of my work, I can only engage a small percentage of those who write. In early November, I received a request for help from Tennessee. Opening the envelope, I figured Andrew Thomas would get my regrets. I was wrong. […]

BEWARE of the PALM WAVERS!

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  The people of Jerusalem waved their palms madly to celebrate the entry of Jesus into their town. Less than seven days later, Jesus was tortured and executed in the same place. Though Palm Sunday is a time to celebrate, I can never get past the fact that the same palm wavers either participated in […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #505 Arturo Diaz/ September 26, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Arturo Diaz- “I have no hate for you.” Are there people out there that you simply can’t stand? Do you think you could keep from hating someone who was actively trying to kill you? In the midst […]

Why Kelly Gissendaner Almost Died.

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  Kelly Gissendaner almost died for the sins of Christians. When word came in that Kelly’s execution was postponed, I knew why she was almost executed beyond a shadow of a doubt. Having grown up in Georgia and now living in Texas, one grows familiar with these execution processes. Though there was much publicity around […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #490 Mario Swain / November 8, 2012

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Mario Swain- Silence. Mario Swain offered no words when he was executed. Why didn’t we speak up to save him? I invite you to spend a few moments pondering the silence of Mario Swain: Silence. Amen.

Book Review: I AM TROY DAVIS

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*First published in Fellowship Magazine Summer 2014 // http://forusa.org/fellowship/2014/summer-fall/book-review-i-am-troy-davis/13032   On the evening of September 21, 2011, I stood outside of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison. In front of me, row after row of police officers stood dressed in riot gear, slapping their batons against their shields and daring anyone to make a move. […]

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