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God Hates America

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This morning, I had the opportunity to watch the National Prayer Breakfast. Rarely, have I seen such a display of national/civil religion. Every speaker lifted up the United States as the home of God. The flag was waved over and over. There was a shared belief that peace could only come through blunt force. God […]

Where are the Christians?

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  Throughout our country, millions of Christians are sitting in church at this very hour. Songs are being sung about loving Jesus. Sermons are being preached about loving Jesus. Communion is being taken as a physical expression of the love of Jesus. Millions of Christians are at church seeking the love of Jesus. The problem […]

The United States Flag at the Front of the Church is Blasphemous

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  A United States soldier processed the flag of the United States of America in to our sanctuary as we stood at attention singing “God Bless America.”  The veterans in our midst were honored as we sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” proceeded the pastor’s fiery sermon on the coming […]

Jesus’ Flight from Peru

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  *This is a story used with permission and based on the experiences of an undocumented immigrant.   Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me in…”   Unable to care for him, Jesus’ parents left. What is a child to do with no parents? For a few years, Jesus found refuge […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #509 Edgar Tamayo / January 22, 2014

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Edgar Tamayo- Silence. Mexican national Edgar Tamayo decided to remain silent during his execution. After looking back at other cases, I realized that a considerable amount of persons being executed in Texas that have remained silent are […]

The Danger of the Immigration Debate is Forgetting God’s Love for the World

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  We stood outside the White House chanting slogans about immigration.  Leaders of the protest kept trying to put signs and other things into my hands.  I kept rejecting whatever was handed to me.  The truth is that I was most interested in holding a cross.   The rhetoric surrounding immigration often centers on ideas […]

Jose Antonio Vargas at ImagiNATION: Immigration

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Once there was a couple with a young son who were forced to flee their homeland. Throughout the treacherous journey, the family wrestled mightily to finish the trip. Upon arrival, the family struggled to adapt to their new surroundings. The language and customs were so different from their home. People would often stare and make […]

The United States Flag at the Front of the Church is Blasphemous

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  A United States soldier processed the flag of the United States of America in to our sanctuary as we stood at attention singing “God Bless America.”  The veterans in our midst were honored as we sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” proceeded the pastor’s fiery sermon on the coming […]

Lives Less Valued: Why Black Girls Matter

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  The classrooms were filled with learning and dreaming.  Students were playing on the playground and eating in the cafeteria.  The gates of the rural academy flew open and gunmen demanded everyone go to the courtyard.  Someone was able to make a quick phone call to authorities but it was too late.  The students were […]

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