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We Killed Damon Allen.

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  2 Men in Uniform.   We told him that he could serve his country. We told him that we would be proud. We told him that he would be taken care of. We told him…   The station looked like most others. The recruiters were used car salesmen…only they specialized in warm bodies. The […]

Scout Schultz: Dying to Live

Georgia Public Broadcasting

  I can remember that night. I wanted to take all of the pills. I was done. Repeatedly, I’d looked for help. Repeatedly, I’d come up empty. The room grew smaller and smaller. I had nowhere to go. Sweat poured everywhere. I prayed. That shit didn’t help. God seemed so far away. God was fake. […]

The Heresy of Salvation: A Parable

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    The Heresy of Salvation: A Parable     Lightening crashes. The day is heavy. I remember the past. I don’t know about the future. I just write.   The answers have died. The questions are all that is left.     Violence exploded. They just wanted to find a safe place. Running from […]

The Cure for Blue Supremacy

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  “Love your enemies & pray for those who terrorize you.” -Matthew 5:44   There is only one way to cure Blue Supremacy. Weapons will not work. No one is going to outgun them. Politics will not work. Politicians will always support them. Protests will not work. Shutting such actions down are easy for them. […]

God is Not Blue: On the Churches of Blue Supremacy

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  Since last year, I’ve repeatedly seen churches hold praise/gratitude services for local law enforcement. Like most churches, worship is at the center of the experience. The only difference is that these churches are worshiping the blue. In the space, God is dead in yet another instance of police brutality. One cannot serve two masters. […]

#23 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

#5 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

The Thrill of Violence and The Absence of Conscience

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  Just a few days ago, an 18-year-old man with special needs was abducted in Chicago. Two 18-year-old men and two 18-year-old women proceeded to tie him up and tape his mouth shut. After taking him to a secure location, the four abductors turned on Facebook Live. After they had an online audience, they beat […]

On the One Year Anniversary of the Tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church

Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. 
 Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
middle row: Daniel Simmons,  Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders
Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson

  Almost a year ago, I released this statement to numerous outlets after learning of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church:   ‚ÄúTragedy amplifies our desperate desire to hear a word from God. In the midst of suffocating times, sojourners gathered last night and placed their ears to the sky. As a testament to […]

Her name is Amy Francis-Joyner

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  I love Prince. We experienced the loss of a true cultural icon this week. We also experienced another great loss.   Earlier this week, Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware was the site of a fight. This was a planned confrontation. Before school began, a couple of girls met in the bathroom. […]

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