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On the 10th Anniversary of My Ordination

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  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 Real Queers?

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Claiming an identity or category doesn’t make you queer. Anyone can claim anything and be just as normative as anyone else. Oppression is always the chief marker of normativity. Queerness and oppression don’t go together. The real queer shuns oppression for the sake of transformation. Over the last few months, I have watched many fake […]

Only the Queer Heals

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  *This article first appeared in The Yoke Quarterly    I couldn’t believe how green the grass was. With each step, I felt like I was touching air. The water spoke. The closer I got, the more I realized that I could see aquatic life for miles. The clearness was unimaginable. I swam. With each […]

Healing: A Visit and Conversation with the Rev. Dr. Garth Baker-Fletcher

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  * This interaction is derived from a recent conversation that I had with the Rev. Dr. Garth Baker-Fletcher at a rehabilitation facility where he is recovering from hip surgery. A retired professor, Baker-Fletcher is the author of Somebodyness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Theory of Dignity (1993), Xodus: An African-American Male Journey (1996), […]

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 […]

Prophetic Words at the Vigil for Ty Underwood: A Transgender Woman of Color Murdered in North Tyler, Texas

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  I have lived in Texas for about three years now. My wife Emily and I have three children. We have another two on the way. We have a big family. I am always thinking about their future and what it would be like for them to grow up here. When we first moved to […]

The Courage to Be Queer

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  *Delivered on January 25, 2015 at the Virginia-Highland Church in Atlanta, Georgia   Life is about questions. Sometimes these questions have answers and sometimes they don’t. Who are we? Why are we here? Do we even matter? These are human questions. On this day, I intend to engage these questions from a queer perspective. […]

I AM the Light of the World: Connecting Queerly with the Gospel of John at Living Faith Covenant Church

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  Queer Theology goes beyond identity.  Queer Theology seeks to affirm people for who God has created them to be.  So often we give categories and identities to provide description for who we are.  We forget that we were created in the image of God and that the core of us is that dear image.  […]

“Becoming Queer and Growing Queerer”

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*Delivered at Greater Dallas Metropolitan Community Church   When we think about God…we often go to this pace of thinking about Zeus or something in the sky hurling lightening bolts.  This Greek or Roman God is way off and only interacts with us when HE is pissed.  This God can only be negative or nasty […]

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