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The Night I Almost Took My Life

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The year was 2008.  The spring semester at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was coming to a close.  I sat alone in my room staring at my closet.  The depression was overwhelming and I didn’t know if I could take it anymore.  I tried to get help.  Professor after professor told me that my severe depression […]

Theology from Death Row Letter 3 / Texas Death Row Inmate Will Speer on The Meaning of Evil

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ARE WE EVIL? I have spent much of my time in prison considering this question.  Different answers seem to come at different times.  I really believe the answer is ultimately NO.  We are not evil people.  We are people who are sinners.  We are prone to do bad things.  Some of these bad things are […]

The Complete Pilgrimage Journal: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12-19, 2014

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June 12 and 13   Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 19

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  There is nothing like waking up and knowing that you are going to finish.  I knew that every step I had taken and was taking was a step toward abolishing the death penalty.  I called many people throughout the day as I walked into Austin.  I stopped for some lemonade.  The sweetness of the […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 15

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I was not too far over the Brazos County line when a Sheriff’s Deputy rolled up.  Jumping out of the car, the Deputy started a line of call and response with me, “Where are you going?”  “To Austin”  “Walking?”  “Yes, I am walking from Livingston to Austin in protest of the death penalty.”  “Ok…”  Then […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 14

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Sleeping is not easy when you are not on a bed.  We take our rest for granted.  Homelessness is a pervasive problem in our world.  We do violence everyday when we don’t consider the sleepless nights of others.  I spent the first few waking hours of my second day on pilgrimage walking against the death […]

“Embracing the Power of the Queer” – A Sermon Delivered at the Cathedral of Hope / June 4, 2014

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  adapted transcription below full video at https://www2.cathedralofhope.com/worship/2014-worship/123-2014-june/2720-june-04-sermon What a powerful thing to be standing before you tonight.  My story is convoluted and strange.  The first time I took communion from someone I knew was openly gay…was from Rev. Mike Piazza when he visited Emory University and I was a student there.  That was a […]

Jesus is Calling…Please Pick Up: An Open Letter to Brother Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee

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Brother Bill.  I bring you greetings in the name of our savior…Jesus the Christ.  We both graduated from Emory University…a university that I know gave us both a strong social conscience.  I write because I am deeply pained in my spirit by your decision to use the electric chair for executions in Tennessee.  I feel […]

A Few Thoughts for My Sons Jeff and Phillip on the Occasion of their Second Birthday

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  You are young now.  You can only say a few words.  There will come a time when you will know more words and will be called upon to speak.  I want to write a few words to you before that time comes.   We are the inheritors of a tremendous faith tradition of love […]

The Cross and The Needle: Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Numerous officials hurried into a back room.  The meeting was called to order by the top official.  The conversation began with the official clearing his throat and declaring, “The press is getting bad out there.  Stand your ground and do not release any details about what is going to happen.  This process must remain secret.”  […]

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