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Firefighter Brutality: The Traffic Stop

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  Did you know that there are all sorts of hidden officials who can pull you over? I didn’t. I do now.   I recently submitted the following letter to various publications.   Imagine. Last week, while driving down the highway with my three of my children, I noticed an aggressive white SUV. Distracted, I […]

What if Jesus had attended the National Prayer Breakfast?

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  Cold. Cold. It was so very cold. Jesus could feel the body breaking down. Every step seemed like it could be his last. Shelter after shelter turned him away. There was nothing to eat. There was nowhere to sleep. Eventually, he found a bridge. As the cars roared by above his head, Jesus cried […]

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church: Where Jesus Sleeps

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  Though I have many dear friends that are United Methodist and love many of the teachings of Methodism, I hate the United Methodist Church. I hate the unity at all costs mentality. I hate the silence. I hate the caution. I hate the ists and isms that the denomination perpetuates. I could go on […]

The Baby from Bethlehem: A Palestinian Revelation

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  Palestinians are amongst the most oppressed peoples in the world. Everyday, the lives of Palestinians are controlled. Energy is controlled. Food is controlled. Movement is controlled. Water is controlled. Every facet of the lives of Palestinians is controlled. It makes sense that Jesus was born in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. The incarnation of […]

Born of a Virgin: I Believe

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                                Candles burned. Colors exploded. Music flowed. Words shocked. The entirety of my being beheld the glory of the coming of the lamb. I could see her. God was so close. I clung to the Virgin as the bearer of […]

Donald Trump is Not the Problem / We Are

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    Donald Trump is not the problem.   Jesus heard the reports. Jesus heard the rumblings. Jesus felt the oppression.   Jesus didn’t send out messages. Jesus didn’t make phone calls. Jesus didn’t sign petitions. Jesus didn’t organize at all.   Jesus believed in the power of one. Jesus believed in the fury of […]

Cowards.

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  Dozens and dozens of people were dead. The images were horrific. Yet again, someone opened fire on a church. With images of blood fresh on my mind, I went to the leadership of our church. Out of fear, I suggested that we hire armed security for the church. Everyone agreed. Even though I felt […]

Apostasy: God, Guns and Sutherland

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    In the beginning, God created guns. God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule with guns.”   So God created humanity with guns in their hands.   It was not long before humans started killing each other.   In their depravity, humans roamed the earth […]

The Holy Fingers of Jesus: On the Execution of Torrey McNabb

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  The diagnosis is terminal. Truth be known, you probably only have a week or two left. Fear inhabits every orifice of your body. There is nowhere to go. There is no one to turn to. There is only one thing to do…die. Then, the phone rings. On the other end of the line, a […]

A Recent Email to Our Children’s Teachers

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  Teachers.   I wanted to make sure that I sent this message to both of you.     As a matter of conscience, I am writing to request that our children stand outside the classroom and not participate in the pledge of allegiance/national anthem to the US (or Texas/not sure if y’all do that […]

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