On Silence


  Growing up, I was told that I needed to have a daily time of silence. In college, I was told I needed to meet God in the silence. In seminary, I was told that silence is a spiritual discipline. Now, I’m told that silence should be at the core of my spiritual life. Please, […]

Lenten Remix 35: The Occasional Heresy of Conversation


    When faced with a woman’s impending execution, Jesus got down in the dirt with her. If the stones had flown, Jesus would’ve died. Jesus didn’t entertain any conversation. Jesus remained silent and got down in the dirt. In our culture, we keep seeing people thrown in the dirt. Instead of joining the oppressed […]

The Complicity of Silence

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  Even in a society comfortable with violence, the video stands out. In the midst of a classroom dispute at Spring Valley High School, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields grabbed the desk of a young female student and slammed her backward to the ground. If that wasn’t brutal enough, the Deputy then drug her […]

The Greatest Commandment: Don’t Treat God Like Shit


Jesus was giving a talk at a local hotspot when a couple of pastors showed up. Unable to stomach the words they were hearing, the pastors demanded, “This all sounds like new age mumbo jumbo. What are you really saying? What is the core of your message?” Slowly moving toward the questioners, Jesus replied, “Those […]

Noise in the Silence: Poetry from Southwestern University


  The Quiet   noise noise noise   i feel it i read it i hear it i know it   then it stops   i am lonely again     The Things Above   thud! the walls are closing in help! there is no way out stop! tomorrow is gone leave! the judgment is […]

50 Years After Selma: Jesus is Transgender


*I wrote this post for the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists and the original can be found at 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 […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #512 Anthony Doyle / March 27, 2014


*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Anthony Doyle- Silence. Anthony Doyle refused to speak in his final moments. Will we remember the silence that we caused? In the silence of Anthony Doyle, I invite you to experience the silence caused by capital punishment: […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #509 Edgar Tamayo / January 22, 2014


*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Edgar Tamayo- Silence. Mexican national Edgar Tamayo decided to remain silent during his execution. After looking back at other cases, I realized that a considerable amount of persons being executed in Texas that have remained silent are […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #490 Mario Swain / November 8, 2012


*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Mario Swain- Silence. Mario Swain offered no words when he was executed. Why didn’t we speak up to save him? I invite you to spend a few moments pondering the silence of Mario Swain: Silence. Amen.

Eric Garner, the Silence of White Churches and Sins of Omission


The muffled screams of a dying 43-year-old husband, father and grandfather named Eric Garner…”I can’t breathe!  I can’t breathe!”…are absolutely haunting.  The coming silence from most white congregations in their worship services will be even more haunting.  In the silence, we will discover one of the worst kept secrets in religious life…white churches do not […]