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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 […]

The Blessing of Communion at Domestic Violence Prevention Wednesday // Cathedral of Hope UCC 10/8/14

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  Well…I’m a little tired.  I’ve had a hell of a day to be honest with you.  I don’t know if any of you share such sentiments.  I had two particularly painful experiences today.  One was this afternoon…I shared time with a 28-year-old man who is dying of bone cancer.  There was a tremendous amount […]

The Death in Ferguson

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“Love is going to fuck you up.”  The ominous words rang out from a woman standing on the street corner.  Pointing at me, the woman declared, “You are going to have to die before you can love anybody here.”  I knew she was right.  The Prophetess of Ferguson reminded me of all the times I […]

Botched Executions: A Visit, Jesus in Oklahoma and Us

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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.”  […]

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