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The Intern Monologues: Baptism

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  *This is the sixth installment of theological conversation between my intern Christian Parks and I.   C: Early in this journey I had the opportunity to witness you baptize your youngest twins, Madeleine and Lucas. As a Baptist preacher, why infant baptism?   J: I believe that nothing can separate us from the love […]

A Systematic Theology of Love

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      GOD is LOVE & LOVE is GOD. Love created us in Love’s image. We are created to be Love. In the beginning, we were Love. Unfortunately, we decided that Love was not enough. In our desire to control Love, we lost our way. We have been searching for Love ever since. In […]

The Orgasms of God

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  I posed a question to a group of people the other day, “Has God ever had an orgasm?” Everybody gets excited when you start talking about orgasms. The replies were wildly diverse. Slowly, a common theme emerged. I found that almost everyone believed there was a stark separation between God and sex. For most, […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #516 Willie Trottie / September 10, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Willie Trottie- “Find it in your hearts to forgive me.” People are desperate for forgiveness. Who do we think we are to deny them? In Matthew 6:14, Jesus taught that those who forgive will be forgiven. When […]

IF THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH…: The Case of Andrew Brannan

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  The weather was cold. Winters in Georgia are always a strange kind of cold. The stated temperature never reflects the discomfort most people feel. In 1998, Andrew Brannan murdered Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller during a traffic stop. I was in eighth grade. Most of the people I was around believed the killer […]

Theology from Death Row Letter 3 / Texas Death Row Inmate Will Speer on The Meaning of Evil

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ARE WE EVIL? I have spent much of my time in prison considering this question.  Different answers seem to come at different times.  I really believe the answer is ultimately NO.  We are not evil people.  We are people who are sinners.  We are prone to do bad things.  Some of these bad things are […]

apoem: beloved & the next day

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depression is setting in is it a result of my sin i am growing in rage perhaps due to my age you call then hang up just call me i will pick up why such a difficult cup to drink the world is awful i think speak now is it you but how you are […]

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