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The Sermon After the Shooting

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  *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 […]

The Table Revelation

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  As I sat with my family around our dinner table, I watched the clock. Every second hastened the execution of Christopher Wilkins. Though we interacted multiple times, we weren’t friends. Honestly, I really didn’t even like the guy. I found him to be a hardened evil person. That doesn’t mean I wanted him to […]

The Execution of an Evil Man

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  A few years ago, I began to write Texas death row inmate Christopher Wilkins. From the beginning, I could tell that Wilkins was very calculated disturbed person. In the midst of such danger, I still made the decision to serve Wilkins as a spiritual guide. After writing for some time, Wilkins invited me to […]

Those Confederate Flags in De Leon

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  *I wrote the following letter to the editor for the people of De Leon, Texas after a recent visit.   Beauty reaches out and grabs you. I experience it every time. I see it. I feel it. I hear it. The land speaks. The fields sway. The sky never stops. I could go on […]

The Passion of Charles Moore: Two Years Later

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  The Rev. Charles Moore visits me often.  For over two years now, I’ve closed my eyes and felt the pull of his flame.  The media attention is over.  Too much time has passed for most.  Our memories are so frail.  I won’t ever be able to forget.  I still see the flames.  To commemorate the […]

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