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Charles Manson: Son of God

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  Unaware of what I was getting myself into, I jumped in one of those motorcycle taxi things. I had no idea that such a contraption could travel so fast. Honestly, it felt like the damn thing was going to fall to pieces at any moment. When we finally arrived at the center of the […]

The Execution of God: Excerpts: Condemnation and Hell

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  11/12   “There will be silence!” “Sit down! Sit down!” “The charge is murder!” Death is natural. Murder is not. Do you recall the execution of God? You were there. So was I. We witnessed it all. We watched God being led into court. We heard the incriminating testimony. We listened to the damning […]

I Don’t Believe You: On Following Jesus

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  Jesus promised loyalty. Jesus promised care. Jesus promised miracles. Jesus promised salvation. What happened? Jesus left. Jesus doesn’t care. Jesus is powerless. Jesus has damned us. What in the hell happened? I believe in you. I don’t believe in you. In the chaos of belief, I follow Jesus.   Amen.

#51 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

#31 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

Hell = Our Churches

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  “Do you believe in a literal hell?” Even though it was more than a decade ago, I’ll never forget that first question. In the midst of my Southern Baptist ordination council, the gathered men wanted to make sure that I would carefully toe the line of fundamentalism. At the time, I was growing more […]

The Day After the 4th

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  The Cost of Patriotism Born of Fear Scared as Hell Salvation Decisions Full Jails We Invaded Millions Die Red, White and Blue Apple Pie The World Starves Choirs Sing We Destroyed Everything We Matter We Alone We Don’t Care About Your Home The Flood of Blood Took Our Brain The Pain of Arrogance Did […]

On the 10th Anniversary of My Ordination

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  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, […]

Only the Queer Heals

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  *This article first appeared in The Yoke Quarterly    I couldn’t believe how green the grass was. With each step, I felt like I was touching air. The water spoke. The closer I got, the more I realized that I could see aquatic life for miles. The clearness was unimaginable. I swam. With each […]

The Courage to Be Queer: A Theological Exploration

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*I delivered this keynote address at the LGBTQ Religious Experience Summit at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas on March 21, 2015.   May this be a wild experience for us all…perhaps even a queer experience if we are lucky. Let’s begin by talking about theology. What is theology? Most people think that theology is […]

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