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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 […]

Hand Washing in the Trump Era

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Can you even breath?   The water is so high.   Jesus was slung in the direction of his potential executioners. As the crowd screamed for blood, Pilate could have stopped it. Instead, he washed his hands and absolved himself of any responsibility for what was about to happen. Jesus was given over to death. […]

US Refugees Seek Asylum in Canada

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  In ancient times, there was a maniacal man ruling the country. Afraid that the people would rise up and challenge his rule, he ordered families to be terrorized. One family fled. After traveling countless miles, the family ended up in a place of safety. The country they left further descended into chaos.   In […]

Immigration Imagination

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*Letter written for various newspapers.   Dear Editor,   Imagine a scenario. You’re in your apartment. Your favorite show is on the television. The kids are resting in the floor. You give your partner a hug and a kiss. When the show is over, you help your kids to bed. Once they’re underneath the covers, […]

God Hates America

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This morning, I had the opportunity to watch the National Prayer Breakfast. Rarely, have I seen such a display of national/civil religion. Every speaker lifted up the United States as the home of God. The flag was waved over and over. There was a shared belief that peace could only come through blunt force. God […]

Where are the Christians?

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  Throughout our country, millions of Christians are sitting in church at this very hour. Songs are being sung about loving Jesus. Sermons are being preached about loving Jesus. Communion is being taken as a physical expression of the love of Jesus. Millions of Christians are at church seeking the love of Jesus. The problem […]

The Immigration Question

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*Interaction from the Hope for Peace and Justice “Imagination: Immigration 2” Panel I served on today (9/26).   Q: Where should our efforts to solve the immigration crises begin?   A: We must stop treating people like shit. We must learn to love our neighbors. The problem is that we don’t even know who our […]

Borderless: A Conversation on the Return Home from a Queer Immersion

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  *This is a conversation that took place on July 30, 2015 between Kristin Kelly, Christian Parks and I on our return home from an immersion experience on the US/Mexico border focused on queer theology.   K: How has your perspective of God changed?   J: Sitting on the hill overlooking the border, I saw […]

The Juxtaposition of Our Borders: A Queer Conversation on the Way to Immersion

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  *This is a conversation that took place on July 27, 2015 between Kristin Kelly, Christian Parks and I on our journey to an immersion experience on the US/Mexico border focused on queer theology.   J: Who is God at the juxtaposition of our borders?   K: God is borderless. God is the immigrant coming […]

The Revelation in the Desert

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  When I was a child, I never thought my parents would leave me. I always felt God would. Fundamentalism and hopelessness are irreparably fused together. When I stumbled upon piles of clothes in our house, I knew for sure that God took my parents and left me. On multiple occasions, I wept.   We […]

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