On the 10th Anniversary of My Ordination


  Jesus called me into ministry.   The institutional church has put me through hell.   The keepers of the normative have always tried to stand in my way.   Having spent years in discernment, I will never forget the first question. “Do you believe in a literal hell?” After an afternoon of similar questions, […]



  The people of Jerusalem waved their palms madly to celebrate the entry of Jesus into their town. Less than seven days later, Jesus was tortured and executed in the same place. Though Palm Sunday is a time to celebrate, I can never get past the fact that the same palm wavers either participated in […]

poetic words thought in the struggle


    frances   the deepness of the moment the pain rolled down my cheek you can’t live forever right now we can’t speak from the darkness I cry out your voice is like light something seems closer than ever in the gap I hear something death and life are close     the hand […]

The Danger of Being Called Pastor / Thoughts the Night Before Death Row


  The sky has been dark all afternoon.  Lately, it seems the sky is always dark.  The drive down was longer than usual.  Tonight, I sit in a hotel room.  Tomorrow, I will be on Texas’ Death Row visiting inmate Will Speer.   I had a tremendous amount of time to think on the way […]