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School Names Shouldn’t Be Racist

Denton Independent School District

  “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation…until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.” -Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States / in the film Birth of a Nation This is racist. Just the […]

We Killed Damon Allen.

Texas Gov/Family

  2 Men in Uniform.   We told him that he could serve his country. We told him that we would be proud. We told him that he would be taken care of. We told him…   The station looked like most others. The recruiters were used car salesmen…only they specialized in warm bodies. The […]

The Gurney Destroyed: A Lesson in Defiance

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  *These are the final paragraphs from one of my latests…The Execution of God, published by Chalice Press.     Throughout the day, I will travel to the execution chamber in Huntsville. Instead of commemorating Holy Week in a place of worship, I’ve chosen to experience the passion of Jesus in Adam Ward. When the […]

God Loves A Killer

TDCJ

  God Loves A Killer   Cold. The visiting room is always cold. Death lingers. I didn’t wear a coat. There is nothing to do but wait. Well, I guess there are a couple of Bibles available…but it’s hard to read it when God seems so absent. The doors rattled. I watched as inmates went […]

The Sermon After the Shooting

credit: Christian Parks

  Delivered after the July 7 shooting at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas on July 10, 2016.     It’s been a very busy time. Just a few days ago, I organized the rally and march that preceded the deaths of five police officers in Dallas. This morning I want to journey through the […]

Theology of Abuse in The Park

The Park // Denton, Texas

  Earlier today, I took my kids to the park. While they were playing, I noticed a mom disciplining her child. When the child refused to do what she asked, the mom slapped the child across the face. Immediately, my son Jeff screamed, “You shouldn’t treat someone you love like that!” My heart was filled […]

Progressive Christians & Darth Vader: On Freedom

GLOBALA/TEXAS

  Earlier today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill that prevents religious sermons from being subpoenaed and also prohibits religious leaders from being forced to testify about their religious sermons. The impetus for the law originates from conservative churches that ferociously opposed equality/anti-discrimination ordinances/actions and were pushed to hand over and testify about their […]

The Cold Dead Jesus: A Plea for a Post-Easter Resurrection

Il “Cristo velato” di Giuseppe Sanmartino

  *Easter Message Delivered in Denton, Texas on April 6, 2015   Let’s begin with the excluded God. What does it mean for God to be left out? My mind immediately conjures up a situation at the church I attend, the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ. Our church was founded to be the […]

Jesus Didn’t Die for Your Sins. Jesus Died to Show You the Way…the Way to the Cross. // Some Words from A Good Friday Walk.

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  *Originally Posted on Good Friday 2014     Lately, I have had a lot of time to think about borders and boundaries.  I am a doctoral student at Brite Divinity School and I was sitting in class last spring…and in this class on immigration we began to talk about the end game.  What is […]

The Death Penalty in Our Communities

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  Last night, Christopher Wilkins was executed. An admitted killer of many people, Wilkins was deemed unworthy of life. In the midst of thinking about the killing, I began to think about the many deaths that we cause. Three killings of the vulnerable in my home of Denton, Texas stood out. In each of these […]

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