Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #508 Jerry Martin / December 3, 2013


*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas.  Jerry Martin- “God is the ultimate judge” Why do we worry so much about the opinions of others? If God is the judge, then none of the finite opinions floating around us matter. Our job is to […]

IF THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH…: The Case of Andrew Brannan


  The weather was cold. Winters in Georgia are always a strange kind of cold. The stated temperature never reflects the discomfort most people feel. In 1998, Andrew Brannan murdered Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller during a traffic stop. I was in eighth grade. Most of the people I was around believed the killer […]

God is Our Passive Enemy: Reacting Fairly and Honestly to a Day Like Today


    Christians have a bad tendency to rush to offer excuses for God in the wake of tragedy.  In the last 24 hours, John Middleton was executed in Missouri with a lingering legitimate claim of innocence, four cousins were killed while playing soccer on a beach outside of Gaza City, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 […]

Courage Not Comfort: A Word to the Rich Young Rulers of Our Churches


I got a phone call from a friend the other day.  “I have decided to perform a same-sex wedding in defiance of the denomination,” she said.  I congratulated her for her courage and encouraged her to come out publicly with her decision.  “I can’t do that.  I will end up with no job, no insurance […]