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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 […]

Martyr. #HeatherHeyer

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  I never knew her. Then again, maybe I did. I have seen her in the streets of Dallas. I saw her in Ferguson. She was in Baltimore. Heather Heyer has been in the millions and millions of people who have dared to fight against injustice. She has been with us all along. I never […]

The Heresy of Salvation: A Parable

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    The Heresy of Salvation: A Parable     Lightening crashes. The day is heavy. I remember the past. I don’t know about the future. I just write.   The answers have died. The questions are all that is left.     Violence exploded. They just wanted to find a safe place. Running from […]

3 Years Later: Don’t You Dare Turn Your Head: The Self-Immolation of The Rev. Charles Moore

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    As the lightening crashes on this night, the passion of Rev. Charles Moore visits me again…     Originally written on July 3, 2014     The fiery passion of 79-year-old retired United Methodist pastor The Rev. Charles Moore is raging in my soul right now.  On June 23 around 5:30pm, Moore exited […]

Disruption: The Language of God

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  Today is the first Sunday after the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Nearing a year ago, Yanez murdered Philando Castile during a traffic stop. The entire incident was streamed live. The video seems clear. When police officers are involved, nothing is ever clear. How many pastors have mentioned anything about police brutality? How many […]

God is Afraid

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  Humanity mixed with divinity is a lethal combination. Explanations are fleeting. Jesus is the full incarnation of God. Jesus is God. On the way to the cross, there is no doubt that Jesus is terrified of what’s next. From the anxious blood to the pleas for help to the shouts of abandonment, God was […]

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.

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