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United Methodist Insensitivity Unleashed in North Texas

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    “What were they thinking?”   I almost didn’t write this piece. People kept telling me how nice the people in the photograph are. I don’t doubt it. One question remains.   “What were they thinking?”   Pictured are 5 United Methodist ministers in the North Texas Annual Conference. The picture was taken at […]

Stop With the Damn Resolutions

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  No More Resolutions Nothing is Ever Resolved You Are All Still the Cowards You Were Before You Entered the Voting Halls Give You Lives to Something More Than Doing Exactly What You Did Before These Denominational Votes Are Such A Heist Be it Resolved to Stop With the Damn Resolutions And Finally Learn to […]

The Church in the Dirt

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  *Adapted from a sermon preached at Pilgrims in the Park in Bryan, Texas on March 22, 2015.   The Pharisees caught a man and woman fucking. Under the religious law of the time, fucking outside of marriage was a capital offense. So the Pharisees brought the woman and slung her in the dirt at the […]

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 […]

Don’t You Dare Turn Your Head: The Self-Immolation of The Rev. Charles Moore

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The fiery passion of 79-year-old retired United Methodist pastor The Rev. Charles Moore is raging in my soul right now.  On June 23 around 5:30pm, Moore exited his vehicle in Grand Saline, Texas, doused his body with gasoline and set himself on fire.  After rescue efforts by bystanders, Moore was taken by helicopter to Parkland […]

Why We Can’t Wait: A Sunday Letter from a Baptist Pastor to my Methodist Colleagues

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There in the darkness a courageous Baptist Pastor sat furiously transcribing a letter.  The words the Baptist Pastor wrote were a response to a letter from a Methodist Bishop and other clergy asking the minister to be patient in the face of injustice.  The words the Baptist Pastor wrote still ring loudly in my ears, […]

The Paralytic Church, Queerphobia & Frank Schaefer

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  Do any of you believe in healing?  Do you believe that Jesus actually healed a paralytic in a house full of people?  What if someone rolled into this space in a wheelchair this morning to ask for our prayers and walked out?  There are many of you who would explain it away at all […]

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