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The Ferociousness of God / A Parenting Lesson

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  Growing up, my mom was beyond loyal to us. My brother and I were wild kids. Consistently, we found trouble and trouble found us. In the midst of our atrocious behavior in public, strangers would sometimes try to discipline us. No matter what we did, a ferociousness arose in my mom. When someone made […]

Pastors: Your Press Conferences Suck

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  Early this morning, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed. I couldn’t help but notice the numerous press conferences pastors are holding all over the country. In each one, pastors put on their stoles and jump in front of the cameras. The problem is that such performances are unbelievable. Just this morning, I saw […]

Chicken S*it Pastors

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  There is no greater love than laying down your life for your friends. Jesus didn’t mince words in John 15:13. Over the past few days, I’ve thought about what such words of sacrifice mean in a contemporary context. Then, I made the mistake of thinking about most of the pastors I know. I can […]

Lenten Remix 12: Give Your Life

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  “Give your life.”   In John 15:13, Jesus tells the disciples that love doesn’t get any greater than sacrificing your life for your friends. We can’t have a future worth living in without making the marginalized and oppressed our friends. The message of Jesus is clear. Give your life.   Amen.

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 […]

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 12 and 13

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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 growing in my humanity.  There […]

The Danger of Calls to The Wilderness: A Lenten Response to Rachel Held Evans and Other Progressive Evangelicals

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  The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is a chief producer and promulgator of spiritual abuse.  The guilt and judgment sucked the oxygen out of my body and soul and literally almost killed me on more than one occasion.  I left with a degree and a broken faith in humanity and God.  During this emotionally exhaustive […]

Power in the Blood: Oscar Romero, A Failed Atonement Theory and the Inner Seed of Liberty

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Growing up our church was a rather stoic place.  On Sundays we sang stoic songs.  There were only a few foot-tapping songs in the hymnal and only on rare occasions did we ever get close to any hand clapping.  There was however one song that seemed to get the feet tapping, bodies swaying and hands […]

Love Dangerously Dallas

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  Everybody wants to talk about love these days…but no one wants to talk about sacrifice.  Everybody wants to talk about the love of Jesus…but nobody wants to talk about how embracing the love of Jesus leads to death.  Everyone wants to talk about falling in love…but no one wants to talk about the need […]

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