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The Existential Crisis of Birth: Waiting in the Midst of Doubt

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Depression stalks me before every birth. The existential questions taunt me over and over again. Why are we here? Do we matter? Where are we going? Death becomes a trusted friend. For I know, there will be a day when I don’t have to deal with these questions anymore. While I still take the pills, […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #494 Ricky Lewis / April 9, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas Ricky Lewis: “It’s burning.” When the poison started to flow through the needle, Ricky Lewis said that his body was burning. Lewis is just one example of a great many executed persons who have reported a burning […]

Claiming Justice and Killing Jesus: The Execution of Willie Trottie

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  “…I was in prison, and you visited me.”  Jesus doesn’t say, “I was not guilty in prison, and you came to me.”  Jesus binds his flesh with the flesh of those who have no hope.  Willie Trottie is left with little hope.  Tonight, the State of Texas will kill Trottie by lethal injection.  We […]

An Open Letter to Christians on Immigration

July 31, 2014 An Open Letter to Christians on Immigration Friends. Jesus fled after his brothers were shot to death. There was nowhere to go that was safe. Jesus pushed north. Traveling across nation after nation, Jesus was abused and almost killed numerous times. Months into the journey, Jesus started his trek through the desert. […]

The Last Testament of Joseph Wood: The Prophet of a Botched Execution

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  “Why have you forsaken me?” is a proper description of what many of us might feel if someone was standing over us about to intentionally inject deadly chemicals into our body.  Joseph Wood spent time talking about his love for Jesus.  How are we to respond when a man who has been convicted of […]

Theology from Death Row Letter 3 / Texas Death Row Inmate Will Speer on The Meaning of Evil

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ARE WE EVIL? I have spent much of my time in prison considering this question.  Different answers seem to come at different times.  I really believe the answer is ultimately NO.  We are not evil people.  We are people who are sinners.  We are prone to do bad things.  Some of these bad things are […]

Across the Borders and Into the Flames: Rev. Charles Moore, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Bishop Yvette Flunder and Us

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Resurrection is not possible without death.  Rev. Charles Moore knew about resurrection and his fullest revelation of death came about quite violently.  The flickering flame at the front of his funeral reminded us of the immolation and alluded to the endless possibilities of resurrection.  The world is on fire and Moore wanted us to follow […]

The Danger of Debating with Jesus: Hobby Lobby and the Incarnated Christ at LaGuardia

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“If you want to be a slut then be a slut on your own dime not mine.”  These were the second to last concluding words of a conversation I just had with an older Christian woman at LaGuardia Airport in New York.  Just to be clear, I don’t just walk around talking to random people […]

The Complete Pilgrimage Journal: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12-19, 2014

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June 12 and 13   Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 19

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  There is nothing like waking up and knowing that you are going to finish.  I knew that every step I had taken and was taking was a step toward abolishing the death penalty.  I called many people throughout the day as I walked into Austin.  I stopped for some lemonade.  The sweetness of the […]

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