Memories of God: Murder and Something Greater

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  The images of God were colorful and inviting. The problem was they looked more like a fairy tale than a description of the creator of the universe. I begged God to give me faith. God didn’t. Every night, I prayed for something. I found silence. There was nothing there. Finally, I realized I was […]

Death Cometh: Deconstructing Faith


  “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust.” Ash Wednesday is a time for remembering our own mortality. Perhaps, that is all we have to cling to. We know death cometh. Is there anything after? There is no way to know for sure. The only thing we know is death. When you look survey your surroundings, […]

The Darkness is Us


  “You are the light of the world.” -Matt. 5:14   Late last night, we arrived home from a long trip. When we entered the house, everything was dark. With hands full of luggage, I tried to turn the light on. After a few missed attempts, my son started to get scared. My hands were […]

Learning to Die/Fly


  Nearly four years ago, I was working as a chaplain at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth. The downtown level one trauma center was often a wild place to be. On a relatively sleepy Sunday afternoon, we got word that an airplane crash victim from Roanoke was being flown in. I’ll never forget what he […]

Frances Hood: The Last Thanksgiving


  I recounted the following story after I found out my grandmother died a little over a week after last Thanksgiving:   Though I have had many beautiful conversations with my grandmother, I will always cherish the last one. My grandmother has never been able to understand my activism and progressive ministry. While I was […]

The Right to Not Be Offended: Common Ground with Dr. Mohler


The inscription in my copy of Dr. Albert Mohler’s 2008 book Culture Shift reads, “May God greatly bless you. I am thankful God called you to Southern Seminary.” At the time, I was a fervent disciple of the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Now, some might consider me to be an enemy. While […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #491 Ramon Torres Hernandez / November 14, 2012


*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Ramon Torres Hernandez-   “Can you hear me?” Before Ramon Torres Hernandez was executed, he wanted to know if anyone could hear him. I cannot count the late nights of prayer where I have laid awake pondering […]

Post-Christmas Day: Get Stinky


  Why did we do all of this celebrating? The spiritual reason is simple. Christmas is a time to celebrate the incarnation of God into the world. Truthfully, I don’t think that most people understand what such a statement means. In our highly religious descriptions of Christmas, we often fail to tell people…Christmas is a […]

A Lesbian is Murdered and Nobody Cares…


  “Lesbian Murdered.”  What if that was all the news headlines said?  I have a feeling that most of the progressive community would be up in arms and ready to fight.  There would be petitions and rallies demanding action.  We would invoke the name of God and whatever else we could get a hold of […]

Theology from Death Row Letter 3 / Texas Death Row Inmate Will Speer on The Meaning of Evil


ARE WE EVIL? I have spent much of my time in prison considering this question.  Different answers seem to come at different times.  I really believe the answer is ultimately NO.  We are not evil people.  We are people who are sinners.  We are prone to do bad things.  Some of these bad things are […]