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Shame & Suicide: The Scandal of Southern Baptist Theology

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  “He’s not in heaven…and you won’t be either if you kill yourself.” I will never forget the cruelness of the language. The suicide rocked our Southern Baptist church. We descended deeper into judgment…the only fuel of fundamentalism. Secretly, I think most people thought shame was the antidote for suicide. I was ten. Even then, […]

The Courage to Be Queer: A Theological Exploration

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*I delivered this keynote address at the LGBTQ Religious Experience Summit at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas on March 21, 2015.   May this be a wild experience for us all…perhaps even a queer experience if we are lucky. Let’s begin by talking about theology. What is theology? Most people think that theology is […]

Christians: You Have 5 Months

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  Last November at the Church of God in Christ’s 107th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, Andrew Caldwell stood at the front of the auditorium and infamously declared, “I ain’t gay no more. I am delivered! I don’t like mens no more. I said I like women. Women women women women!” and went on to […]

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

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  Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing.  We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle.  If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.  When the preacher started talking about hell and the rhetorical fires started tickling my toes, I especially felt the tug […]

Why I am an Evangelical that Supports Marriage Equality…

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If Jesus does not support marriage equality, then the Jesus that evangelicals taught me about is not the real Jesus.  In my preschool years, we sang of a God that loved the world.  In my young adult years, we talked about loving our neighbors as our self.  In my education at the Southern Baptist Theological […]

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 […]

The Borderless God in a Time of Borders

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When I was growing up, we/I believed everyone who disagreed with us/me about God was going to hell.  I continued to cling to and organize my life around the border of saved and unsaved for a long time.  Then I started doing some deeper reading about the limitless love of God and everything began to […]

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