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The Church: The Explosion (Part7of15)

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*Though this is definitely outside of what I normally write, I’ve decided to publish a novella entitled “The Church.” From Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, I will be publishing the work of fiction in 15 parts. Each day, I will publish a part of the story of Christian and his quest to plant the largest […]

The Church: The Details (Part6of15)

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*Though this is definitely outside of what I normally write, I’ve decided to publish a novella entitled “The Church.” From Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, I will be publishing the work of fiction in 15 parts. Each day, I will publish a part of the story of Christian and his quest to plant the largest […]

The Church: The Start (Part3of15)

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Though this is definitely outside of what I normally write, I’ve decided to publish a novella entitled “The Church.” From Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, I will be publishing the work of fiction in 15 parts. Each day, I will publish a part of the story of Christian and his quest to plant the largest […]

A Theology of Rain

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The walls couldn’t contain the energy of us all. Everyone wanted to go outside. Some of us did for a few minutes but never for much longer. I couldn’t remember any holiday ever being this wet. Walking through the house, I blurted out, “It feels like God is pissing on us.” “Maybe we deserve it,” […]

Frances Hood: The Last Thanksgiving

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  I recounted the following story after I found out my grandmother died a little over a week after last Thanksgiving:   Though I have had many beautiful conversations with my grandmother, I will always cherish the last one. My grandmother has never been able to understand my activism and progressive ministry. While I was […]

The Courage to Be Queer: A Message for Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas

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*The above picture was drawn of me by a congregant while I was preaching the sermon below at Trinity Presbyterian in Denton, Texas on November 22, 2015. I start all sermons that I give at the beginning. Progressive Christians struggle with the beginning. It’s as if we’ve ceded that space to the Fundamentalists and their […]

The Call of the Muslim Jesus

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When Jesus bound his body and ultimately became the stranger in Matthew 25:35, he left no doubt that he was calling us to do the same. Since the Paris attacks, Muslims have been strangerized over and over. From calls for registration to violent language around refugees, the rhetoric has grown worse and worse with every […]

The Church and Climate Change

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*Delivered at Climate Change Press Conference hosted by the Texas Drought Project in Dallas on 11/19/2015. When I think about climate change, the message of Jesus comes to mind. We are called to love our neighbor as we love our self. Our actions and lack of action continue to destroy the homes of billions. When […]

The Real Serial Killer: Our Categories

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We sit at a profound moment in history. Daily, we are privy to images of social upheaval broadcast into our consciousness from all over the world. We regularly see the consequences of our fictitious categories. We’ve created more monsters than we can count. We thought that skin tones said something innate about who or what […]

My Kids Tell Me Everything I Need to Know About Your Church

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A few weeks back, our family opened the doors of an old church and sat down. I was invited to share with the congregation about my work and told that my family was more than welcome. From the moment we walked in, the sneering glances and pursed lips informed us that this congregation was most […]

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