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The Children in Our Churches

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  A few months ago, we were sitting in church when one of our babies became upset. Like any parents, we quickly grew uncomfortable and tried to quiet our son down. Not long after the crying started, someone a few rows back loudly declared, “Can’t you shut that baby up?” Immediately, the entire church glared […]

The Intern Monologues: Death

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  C: What is death?   J: Death is a lie. The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate definition of death. Like a lingering sickness, death afflicts us until we succumb to it and realize that ultimately the full manifestation of the sickness is the healing. Our healing is found in our resurrection. However, there […]

Liberation Will Only Come Through Revolution

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In the wake of the flames of the streets of Baltimore, Christians of all stripes have incessantly talked about the need for liberation. It often goes something like this, “Let’s seek God for liberation in our time….” While these words are wonderful on their face, they don’t speak to the depth of the crisis that […]

Prophetic Words at the Vigil for Ty Underwood: A Transgender Woman of Color Murdered in North Tyler, Texas

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  I have lived in Texas for about three years now. My wife Emily and I have three children. We have another two on the way. We have a big family. I am always thinking about their future and what it would be like for them to grow up here. When we first moved to […]

The Inaccessible Pulpit: Rev. Justin Hancock and the Struggle for the Rights of Disabled Persons

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“I can’t preach in your pulpit,” United Methodist Rev. Justin Hancock informed the small audience at the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ.  Everyone looked around stunned, until someone finally gathered the nerve to ask, “What do you mean?”  “Your pulpit is not accessible to persons in wheelchairs,” Hancock poignantly replied.  Ours is a […]

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