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Jesus Smokes Weed

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  Walking into the grocery store, I was approached by a rough brother. The closer he got, the more concerned I got. When he started to speak, I had no idea what he was going to say. Then he got to the point, “You got any weed?” I replied, “I’m sorry, I don’t.” Walking away, […]

God in Despair: Reflection in Comanche, Texas

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*Delivered at Hope Lutheran Church Listen. We keep hearing of pain and rumors of pain.   Think. Our society is often drowning. Our personal lives are sick. We need something more than what we can grasp to survive. Yet, we still reach.   Feel. Most people reach for connection. We assume that our identity will […]

The One Question that Defines Our Faith

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Does God experience our pain?   Amen.

The Dream: A Vision of Our Reality

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  Last night, I had a vivid dream.   The pain of the dream is still with me this morning.   I was in a waiting room. There were all sorts of people everywhere. We were told to be quiet. We were told to not cause any commotion. We were told to wait our turn. […]

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 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.

Jesus is Dead! : An Easter Case for a Theological Resurrection

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Throughout my ministry, I have heard awful stories of pain, abuse and suffering. Though the stories are many and varied, there is one that sticks out above all others. During a time of group counseling around spiritual abuse, an older gentleman revealed that his youth group pinned him down and probed his ass with a […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #507 Jamie McCoskey / November 12, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Jamie McCoskey- “And if this takes the pain away, so be it.” While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus kept asking God if there was any other way to take the pain away. Jamie McCoskey used similar […]

If She Has a Penis…

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For over 40 weeks, Emily has carried our son and daughter. We walked all day. With every step, I held Emily’s hand and she engaged every contraction with grit and determination. Over and over, I looked into her eyes and knew that my home will be wherever she is. Despite the pain, today was about […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #487 Jonathan Green / October 10, 2012

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Jonathan Green- “It hurts bad.”   In his final moments, Jonathan Green wanted to give voice to the pain that he was suffering. On the cross, Jesus screamed out in pain, “My God, My God, Why have […]

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