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#45 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

Pray for Dylann Roof

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Earlier today, a jury found Dylann Roof guilty of killing 9 people at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. An avowed white supremacist, Roof admitted that he killed the churchgoers because they were black. Seeking to ignite a race war, Roof wanted to be a savior for white people. Now, the punishment phase of […]

Voices of Love: At the Execution of Barney Fuller

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    Voices of Love   Have you ever heard voices? I hear them all. There are a particular set that are haunting. I hear them saying a variety of things. “I’m innocent.” “Please God!” “Forgive me.” “Why are you killing me?” The voices are too real to be fake.   I saw the horrible […]

A Memorial Day Prayer

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Oh False God That We Call America Unhallowed Is Your Name You Help Us Kill And Assert Our Will On Earth As We Think It Is In Heaven Oh One True God, Save Us From This Bullshit We Are In Dire Distress Give Us This Day Our Daily Brains Forgive Us For Killing Our Enemies […]

Texas Will Kill My Friend

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In less than 24 hours, Texas will kill my friend. Though we only met once, Juan Garcia and I share a spiritual connection. I will never forget talking to Juan about the light of love. The conversation went deeper and deeper. Juan became my friend. Jesus is strange like that…   I see absolutely no […]

Dangerous Theology in Houston: Who or what gives you the right to kill?

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* Excerpt from a conversation with a small group on my Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Houston Speaking Tour People often begin their arguments for the death penalty with one simple phrase, “That person committed a crime so heinous they deserve to die.” We must begin our reply with one simple question, “Who […]

We Can End This: Remarks to the Fort Worth Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Prayer Breakfast

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  I believe in God…but most of all I believe in love.  If we believe the writer of 1 John, God and love are synonymous terms.  The question of the death penalty is a question of love.  How far will our love and forgiveness extend?  Will our love span the entire cycle of violence from […]

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