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The Execution: In Pragmatic Verse

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  The Execution   Fear was all I knew Every step drew me closer The line taunted me I refused to stop I forced every step Backing down was not an option   Every thump in my chest Every knot in my stomach Every lump in my throat I felt I stood I stared I […]

I Don’t Believe in Celebrating Veterans.

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Ray Hood was a hero of mine. Late at night, he would gather us around and rip sideways on the harmonica. We danced as only children can. The older we got the more we loved his stories. None of us could believe that he was on a boat for months at a time. “Harry Truman […]

On the Nature of God

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*The 2nd in a Series of Conversations between my summer intern Christian Parks and I. J: Christian, I am glad to be returning to this space of formal theological conversation with you. Lately, we have consistently talked about who or what God is. The nature of God has proven to be a topic we return […]

We are not Christians…

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  With five children, I spend an excess amount of time saying silly things to them. Last week, I was joking around with my son Phillip and said, “We are Christians and Christians pick up their toys.” Phillip replied emphatically, “We are not Christians!” Surprised by his sharp reply, I questioned, “What are we then?” […]

Jesus is Dead! : An Easter Case for a Theological Resurrection

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Throughout my ministry, I have heard awful stories of pain, abuse and suffering. Though the stories are many and varied, there is one that sticks out above all others. During a time of group counseling around spiritual abuse, an older gentleman revealed that his youth group pinned him down and probed his ass with a […]

May Love Win: The Queerness of Working to Abolishing the Death Penalty

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*Words Delivered at Hope for Peace & Justice’s “I’m Queer and I Care Rally” at the Legacy of Love Monument in Dallas, Texas   Good evening, my name is the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace & Justice. I am grateful for this opportunity to be out here tonight […]

“time” and “belief” / 2 poems

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“time” depression nibbles the dogs ran away i am haunted by the attack blood was all they wanted the problem was it was mine what do you do the only way to be in relationship is to bleed how do you survive how do you know when will things go back up i guess you […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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