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Jesus Didn’t Die for Your Sins. Jesus Died to Show You the Way…the Way to the Cross. // Some Words from A Good Friday Walk.

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  *Originally Posted on Good Friday 2014     Lately, I have had a lot of time to think about borders and boundaries.  I am a doctoral student at Brite Divinity School and I was sitting in class last spring…and in this class on immigration we began to talk about the end game.  What is […]

The Table Revelation

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  As I sat with my family around our dinner table, I watched the clock. Every second hastened the execution of Christopher Wilkins. Though we interacted multiple times, we weren’t friends. Honestly, I really didn’t even like the guy. I found him to be a hardened evil person. That doesn’t mean I wanted him to […]

The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday is The Pilgrimage for Abolition

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  This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6pm at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I’ve encountered on death row, I believe that Holiday deserves to die.   In early 2000, Raphael was partnered with Tami Wilkerson. Together, they lived in a secluded log cabin in Madison County […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #517 Lisa Coleman / September 17, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Lisa Coleman- “Tell them I finished strong.” Life is about finishing strong. Do not let the failures and disappointments distract you. You are capable, but you must stay committed. Despite her circumstances, Lisa Coleman stayed committed and […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #513 Tommy Sells / April 3, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Tommy Sells-  Silence. Tommy Sells was a serial killer. Do you realize this system of execution makes you one too? In the silence of Tommy Sells, I invite you to repent: Silence. Amen.

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #512 Anthony Doyle / March 27, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Anthony Doyle- Silence. Anthony Doyle refused to speak in his final moments. Will we remember the silence that we caused? In the silence of Anthony Doyle, I invite you to experience the silence caused by capital punishment: […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #507 Jamie McCoskey / November 12, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Jamie McCoskey- “And if this takes the pain away, so be it.” While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus kept asking God if there was any other way to take the pain away. Jamie McCoskey used similar […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #506 Michael Yowell / October 9, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Michael Yowell- “I love you.” The world is complicated. Evil and love mix on the inside and outside of every person. Michael Yowell was no different. Though he was a confessed killer, Yowell spent his final moments […]

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