On the 10th Anniversary of My Ordination


  Jesus called me into ministry.   The institutional church has put me through hell.   The keepers of the normative have always tried to stand in my way.   Having spent years in discernment, I will never forget the first question. “Do you believe in a literal hell?” After an afternoon of similar questions, […]

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 […]

Love your neighbor…BE QUEER. : A Sermon at the First Congregational Church in Fort Worth, Texas


  When you stop to consider the absence of information that we’ve got about the childhood of Jesus, these passages about a young Jesus in the temple are incredibly profound. After a young Jesus leaves the temple, there is another huge gap (18 years to be exact) in the narrative. There is a reason that […]

Botched Executions: A Visit, Jesus in Oklahoma and Us


This morning I visited a young man in the Tarrant County Correctional Facility in Fort Worth, Texas.  When I arrived at the appointed booth, I felt the urge to ask the young man about his crime.  Then I remembered the words of Jesus in Matthew 25.  “I was in prison and you came to me.”  […]

Glen Stassen 1936-2014 / A Tribute from a Southern Baptist


  Baptist Christian Ethicist Glen Stassen died today after a battle with cancer.  We only spoke once.  The conversation occurred after I sent him the following email on September 5, 2009: Dr. Stassen,   My name is Jeff Hood and I am a ThM student at The Candler School of Theology at Emory University studying […]

The End: A Faithful Pilgrimage to Abolish the Death Penalty


  We have garnered much attention around throughout Dallas and Fort Worth and around the Metroplex for the cause of abolishment.  We are very tired…but though our journey has ended…we will not stop walking and struggling for justice.  Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon, Jr. has consistently pursued the death penalty and we have not […]