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The Cold Dead Jesus: A Plea for a Post-Easter Resurrection

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  *Easter Message Delivered in Denton, Texas on April 6, 2015   Let’s begin with the excluded God. What does it mean for God to be left out? My mind immediately conjures up a situation at the church I attend, the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. Our church was founded to be the […]

Cowards in Pulpits

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  *Only cowards have flags in their sanctuaries.   Not too long ago, I attended the wedding of two old men. Before the service started, my friend leaned over asked, “What’s that smell?” More interested in the service, I brushed him off and dismissively replied, “I have no idea.” As the service started, I smiled […]

Do Progressive Christians Own Bibles?

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  Just the other day, I watched a prominent conservative pastor debate a prominent progressive pastor on the issue of human sexuality. For almost thirty minutes, I watched the conservative pastor quote verse after verse to destroy any argument the progressive pastor presented. At one point, the conservative pastor screamed, “Do you even own a […]

The Case of Richard Masterson

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  While I’ve never published this type of damning report about someone who is about to be executed before, I think this case calls for it. I believe that Richard Masterson is beyond mentally incompetent. I can think of few things more cruel or unusual than to execute someone who is out of their mind. […]

The Danger of Dallas Pride

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  “It’s not for them.” The words fester in my ears. When I asked about the consistent exclusion of people of color and transgender persons in the Dallas Pride parade and festival, a prominent gay citizen made it plain for me. While I was very aware that the entire event is marketed to wealthy white […]

Only Kim Davis Can Save Us

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  With a population of less than 24,000 people, Rowan County, Kentucky is an unlikely place to capture the attention of our nation. However, a titanic moral and legal battle erupted when two residents of the county seat of Morehead refused to be denied a marriage license. Now, James Yates and William Smith, Jr. are […]

Jesus’ Flight from Peru

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  *This is a story used with permission and based on the experiences of an undocumented immigrant.   Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me in…”   Unable to care for him, Jesus’ parents left. What is a child to do with no parents? For a few years, Jesus found refuge […]

The Cold Dead Jesus: A Plea for a Post-Easter Resurrection

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*Easter Message Delivered in Denton, Texas   Let’s begin with the excluded God. What does it mean for God to be left out? My mind immediately conjures up a situation at the church I attend, the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. Our church was founded to be the ultimate space of inclusion for […]

The Courage to Be Queer: A Theological Exploration

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*I delivered this keynote address at the LGBTQ Religious Experience Summit at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas on March 21, 2015.   May this be a wild experience for us all…perhaps even a queer experience if we are lucky. Let’s begin by talking about theology. What is theology? Most people think that theology is […]

50 Years After Selma: Jesus is Transgender

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*I wrote this post for the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and the original can be found at http://www.awab.org/wablog/archives/03-2015 The most terrifying substance known to our world is difference. When people can’t control or contain it, they want to destroy it. The fall of humanity is centered on a failure to love and respect […]

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