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#41 / 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 […]

#28 / 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 […]

#24 / 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 […]

Death Cometh: Deconstructing Faith

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  “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust.” Ash Wednesday is a time for remembering our own mortality. Perhaps, that is all we have to cling to. We know death cometh. Is there anything after? There is no way to know for sure. The only thing we know is death. When you look survey your surroundings, […]

The Vision

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The Vision Blindness/Can you see me? Fear/Can you see me? Pain/Can you see me? Terror/Can you see me? Death/Can you see me? Consciousness/Can you see me? Hope/Can you see me? Vitality/Can you see me? Life/Can you see me? For thine is the way and the truth…///and the life? Amen.

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #502 Vaughn Ross / July 18, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Vaughn Ross- “I don’t fear death.” We are a people paralyzingly afraid of death. We are diseased with an inability to see life in death. For Vaughn Ross, life was far scarier than death. Ross was ready […]

A Real Christian in Arizona Saves Jodi Arias’ Life

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Wielding a knife and gun, Jodi Arias brutally killed Travis Alexander. By the time her case went to trial, Arias garnered much media attention. Ultimately convicted of murder and facing the death penalty, Arias was saved by a hung jury and prosecutors decided tried again. After the second sentencing proceedings and a long deliberation, jurors […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #496 Richard Cobb / April 25, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Richard Cobb- “Life is death, death is life.” Matter is never created or destroyed. So what happens when we die? With the needle in his arm, Richard Cobb declared that there is life in death. The matter […]

Texas’ Killer Christians: Praying Against a Culture of Death

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  In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Texas has the largest population of Christians of any state in our nation. You would think that the words of Jesus would be something that are lived out here on a daily basis. Today, I am attending two vigils […]

Jesus is Dead and So Are We: Eric Garner is Our Only Hope for Resurrection

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On July 17, 2014, Jesus was standing on a corner. Officers confronted Jesus. After a brief conversation, Jesus was placed into a chokehold and slammed to the ground. The last words of Jesus were, “I can’t breathe.” I don’t believe that Eric Garner lived his life as Jesus. I don’t believe any of us do. […]

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