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Danny Cortez is a Dangerous Man

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  Darkness filled the sky and night was upon me. Throughout my drive to the airport, I thought about the death of my grandmother. I was hurting. The last thing I wanted to do was entertain a former Southern Baptist pastor from California. Though I invited Danny Cortez to speak to multiple groups in North […]

I am a Southern Baptist: A Word to Progresive Baptists

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I am a Southern Baptist. Though I am also affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and much more inclusive and progressive in my theology than the majority of Southern Baptists, I don’t run from the label. To discard the label of Southern Baptist would be to discard who I am.  I am a Baptist from the South.  […]

Jesus & the Great Cloud of LGBT Witnesses

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  Ever since I arrived at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention’s conference “The Gospel, Homosexuality & the Future of Marriage,” I have sensed the invisible footsteps that walk with me.  The comforting whispers are constant.  For days I have wondered who or what I have heard and sensed.  When […]

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 […]

Sharing the Good News of Jesus with Southern Baptists: A Mission to Nashville

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  “It is hard for me to not believe that homosexuality is a sin when God tells us in Leviticus to kill those who perpetuate homosexual acts.”  In May of 2002, a fiery Southern Baptist preacher proclaimed these hateful words to be the words of God.  Those in attendance cheered him on.  Each time I […]

The Night I Almost Took My Life

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The year was 2008.  The spring semester at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was coming to a close.  I sat alone in my room staring at my closet.  The depression was overwhelming and I didn’t know if I could take it anymore.  I tried to get help.  Professor after professor told me that my severe depression […]

To the Muslim Student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: A Word of Satire

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Congratulations.  You are to be commended for starting your journey toward a doctorate in archeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  I was surprised when I read of your matriculation and even more surprised that Southwestern’s President Paige Patterson is supportive.  Dr. Patterson is a fair man.  Just ask all the professors he fired at Southeastern.  […]

Glen Stassen 1936-2014 / A Tribute from a Southern Baptist

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  Baptist Christian Ethicist Glen Stassen died today after a battle with cancer.  We only spoke once.  The conversation occurred after I sent him the following email on September 5, 2009: Dr. Stassen,   My name is Jeff Hood and I am a ThM student at The Candler School of Theology at Emory University studying […]

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