Killing Andrew Thomas


  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. […]

The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday is The Pilgrimage for Abolition


  This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6pm at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I’ve encountered on death row, I believe that Holiday deserves to die.   In early 2000, Raphael was partnered with Tami Wilkerson. Together, they lived in a secluded log cabin in Madison County […]

The National Association of Evangelicals/Executioners


  For years, I’ve heard rumors that the National Association of Evangelicals was planning to change their stance on the death penalty. When I heard that major evangelical figures were lobbying the organization to move to abolition, I grew more and more excited. Yesterday, I saw evangelical writer Jonathan Merritt’s post, “This is HUGE news […]

Texas Will Kill My Friend


In less than 24 hours, Texas will kill my friend. Though we only met once, Juan Garcia and I share a spiritual connection. I will never forget talking to Juan about the light of love. The conversation went deeper and deeper. Juan became my friend. Jesus is strange like that…   I see absolutely no […]

The Premeditated Murder of Kelly Gissendaner


  In February of 1997, Greg Owen stabbed Doug Gissendaner until there was no life left in his body. Can you hear the screams? Can you smell the blood? Can you imagine the horror of it all? Make no mistake…this was an act of pure evil. Though not even present for the crime, the mastermind […]

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


  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 […]

Texans Kill Recklessly: The Execution of Kent Sprouse


For many years, Texans have worked tirelessly to litigate the case, guard the offender and secure the drugs. Now the moment is here, Kent Sprouse will be executed this evening at 6pm. From beginning to end, the cost of executing Sprouse will be millions of dollars. Apart from the moral contradiction of a state full […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #522 Manuel Vasquez / March 11, 2015


*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Manuel Vasquez-  “Thank you Lord for your mercy and unconditional love.” Who can describe love greater than any love imaginable? Who can comprehend love that is without end? Manuel Vasquez knew that the mercy and love of […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #521 Donald Newbury / February 4, 2015

Donald Newbury

*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Donald Newbury-  “That each new indignity defeats only the body.” Donald Newbury knew that the indignity of execution could only defeat the body. For Newbury, the soul is always free for those who allow it to be. […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #520 Robert Ladd / January 29, 2015


*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Robert Ladd-   “Let’s ride.” We stop. We are afraid. We don’t want to move an inch. Danger is a paralyzing force. In the face of certain death, Robert Ladd looked danger in the eye and shrugged. […]