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The Church: The Vacation (Part12of15)

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*Though this is definitely outside of what I normally write, I’ve decided to publish a novella entitled “The Church.” From Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, I will be publishing the work of fiction in 15 parts. Each day, I will publish a part of the story of Christian and his quest to plant the largest […]

Queer Cosmology and the Penalty of Death

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*Lecture delivered in Columbus, Ohio on 10/9/2015   Queer theorists and theologians push against boundaries and borders until they are no more and the individual is liberated to exist in the perfect freedom that is being. Cosmologists study origins and the development of the universe. Tonight, I intend to push us into a queer cosmological […]

“I Forgive You” : Words from the Dallas Mother Emanuel AME Church Vigil

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  *Living Faith Covenant Church on 6/19/15   Many years ago, I received a phone call that no one would ever want to receive. My father informed me that my uncle had committed suicide. His next request was unfathomable. I need you to go and tell your grandparents before they find out from someone else. […]

Daring to Love Strangers

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  The lifeless body hung by a rope. Tears streamed down my face. I couldn’t believe I was crying. I thought I was watching the execution of a murderous tyrant. I tuned in to celebrate. Why was I crying? Everything in my cultural context told me that I was supposed to be overjoyed at the […]

Teaching God to Love Lucifer: A Review of Jim Forest’s “Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment”

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*I originally wrote this piece for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Forest, Jim. Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2014.   Lucifer got jealous of the boss. Haven’t we all made this kind of mistake before? God kicked his ass out of heaven and never let him come back. […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #518 Miguel Angel Paredes / October 28, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Miguel Angel Paredes:  “I hope you let go of all of the hate because of all my actions.” How do you pray for those who hate you with good reason? When we name hate we probably make […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #516 Willie Trottie / September 10, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Willie Trottie- “Find it in your hearts to forgive me.” People are desperate for forgiveness. Who do we think we are to deny them? In Matthew 6:14, Jesus taught that those who forgive will be forgiven. When […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #498 Jeffrey Williams / May 15, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Jeffrey Williams- “I ain’t got no love for anyone that don’t love me.” How often do you feel this way? I’m only going to love those that love me and then I will be safe. The problem […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #488 Bobby Lee Hines / October 24, 2012

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Bobby Lee Hines– “Please forgive me.” Forgiveness is a powerful phenomenon that can set both the offender and the offended free. Shortly before he was executed, Bobby Lee Hines asked for forgiveness. While it is impossible to […]

The Rape and Death of a Baby: The Grace of a Mom

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  Adrianna Waller was a beautiful baby. On August 22, 1997, Charles Warner was supposed to be watching her. Instead of protecting and caring for her, Warner proceeded to rape and murder little Adrianna. During the trial, Warner’s own son testified against him. A jury convicted Warner and sentenced him to death. Tonight, January 15, […]

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