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God: Adventures in Living and Dying

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  Music boomed. Lights flashed. Hands raised. By the time the minister came on stage, the crowd was ready. “Isn’t it wonderful that God died once and for all for all of our sins?” The statement was meant to reassure the assumed safe/saved in the room. Evangelical theology misses the point. The pastor and many […]

The Suicide of Salvation

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  The group sat down close to me. I knew one of them was an evangelical. The cheese gave it away. Needing to get work done, I tried to ignore them. I was successful for a while. Then, I heard a question that has always haunted me. “Do you want to get saved?” Wanting to […]

Lenten Remix 25: The Old Testament is Often No Testament

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  “The Old Testament is often no testament to the love of God.”   How many times have you read pieces of the Old Testament and thought it’s describing a God you don’t know? I struggled with this for so long. Finally, I made a decision that I believed that God is love. Love doesn’t […]

A Systematic Theology of Love

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      GOD is LOVE & LOVE is GOD. Love created us in Love’s image. We are created to be Love. In the beginning, we were Love. Unfortunately, we decided that Love was not enough. In our desire to control Love, we lost our way. We have been searching for Love ever since. In […]

The Invincible Love of the Garzas

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  Once a month, I make the trip down to Livingston. The roads are long and lonely. Upon arrival, I go through numerous checkpoints and searches. When I finally get to the cold and sterile visitation room, I sit down in front of the thick plate glass window and wait. In the ensuing between moments, […]

May Love Win: The Queerness of Working to Abolishing the Death Penalty

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*Words Delivered at Hope for Peace & Justice’s “I’m Queer and I Care Rally” at the Legacy of Love Monument in Dallas, Texas   Good evening, my name is the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace & Justice. I am grateful for this opportunity to be out here tonight […]

Prayer at the Dallas 5th Circuit Hearing on Marriage Equality Rally

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  Good evening. I want to introduce you to someone. I brought my son Phillip with me tonight. Phillip is two years old. I want Phillip to grow up and be able to grow up and marry whomever the hell he wants to marry. I want Phillip to grow up and be able to love […]

LOVE: Wrestling with the Wrestlings of Paul and the Root of Our Self

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*Delivered at Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas on 9/18/2014 We are in the midst of a series entitled “Wrestling with Romans.”  I think if we are going to be honest with our self and study the book of Romans then we have to talk about the wrestlings of a Roman […]

The Tragedy of Mark Mayfield and The Call of Love

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  For followers of God, politics and religion have always been very closely connected.  We are a people determined to see the hand of God move in the land of the living.  We start to go astray when we remake God into a Republican or Democrat.  We forget that we were made for so much […]

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