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On Hope: Conversations with a Disciple

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  *Christian Parks is accompanying me again this summer. Throughout our time together, we will post brief snippets of our conversations.   J: How do you move forward?   C: I pass through lament and anger. I look injustice and hatred in the eye and declare there is another way. I look into myself and […]

The Slap

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Sitting on a park bench… I saw a woman slap her child tonight. The offense was hitting another child. I watched the little girl take it. What else was she supposed to do? Before I could react… They were gone. Peace seems impossible. You can’t teach a child not to hit by hitting.

Max Soffar is Alive and We’re Dead

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  In 2014, I put together a letter from an influential group of Baptists asking the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for clemency for terminally ill death row inmate Max Soffar (included below). There were many questions about his guilt then. There are even more questions now. Unfortunately, Max Soffar died of cancer this […]

When a Black Cop Kills an Unarmed Child

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  Here in Texas, justice is swift and injustice is too. When violence happens, one has to pay close attention to make sure they know the difference.   Farmers Branch is known for injustice. Persons of color don’t get a fair shake within the city limits. Not too far up the road, there is a […]

Boycott the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship! // Uncensored

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*There were some concerns from the folks at the CBF about my first posting of this post that led to some censorship.  In response, I wanted to make sure that I published the uncensored extended version here. “Our church voted to leave the Southern Baptist Convention this past Sunday.” Overhearing Charlie’s comment, I immediately replied, […]

The Shirt

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The Shirt   * words of comfort for a grieving preacher friend who wore a clergy shirt for the first time at his husband’s funeral.   I laid it out. I waited for the time. I heard you call. I said goodbye.   I went to the shirt. I held it tight. I knew the […]

The God in the Table

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  *Preached at The Church at the Table in Denton, Texas on 1/10/16   A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC  There’s a light in the attic. Thought the house is dark and shuttered, I can see a flickerin’ flutter, And I know what it’s about. There’s a light on in the attic. I can see it […]

Love your neighbor…BE QUEER. : A Sermon at the First Congregational Church in Fort Worth, Texas

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  When you stop to consider the absence of information that we’ve got about the childhood of Jesus, these passages about a young Jesus in the temple are incredibly profound. After a young Jesus leaves the temple, there is another huge gap (18 years to be exact) in the narrative. There is a reason that […]

The Buddhist Madonna: A Christmas Miracle

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  Many years ago, I worked as a chaplain at a large public hospital. Late one night, I received a message to get to the lobby immediately. Christmas was only a week away and I ran past a nativity scene stuck to the glass. Jumping down the steps, I felt like I just didn’t believe […]

Abolish that Damn Death Penalty!

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  *This is a “Letter to the Editor” set to be published in dozens of Texas publications over the next few days.   Dear Editor,   Why do we keep on killing people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? Logic like this is more twisted than a runaway tornado. I’m so […]

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