Martyr. #HeatherHeyer

  I never knew her. Then again, maybe I did. I have seen her in the streets of Dallas. I saw her in Ferguson. She was in Baltimore. Heather Heyer has been in the millions and millions of people who have dared to fight against injustice. She has been with us all along. I never knew her. Actually, I guess I did.   What was she thinking in the moments before that car smashed her body? Who was she standing… Read more

The Heresy of Salvation: A Parable

  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 block to block, they were desperate for something open. After they’d all but given up hope of finding such a place, they saw a church. Running… Read more

God Loves A Killer

  God Loves A Killer   Cold. The visiting room is always cold. Death lingers. I didn’t wear a coat. There is nothing to do but wait. Well, I guess there are a couple of Bibles available…but it’s hard to read it when God seems so absent. The doors rattled. I watched as inmates went to their booths for visitation. Some looked pleased. Some looked bothered. Some just looked. I put my head back down. Cold. I fell asleep. I… Read more

Blood on the Pavement: A Crash of Blood and Grace

  God is with us.   I was sitting at the light. I saw the bike first. I wasn’t prepared. The bottle was next. Everything crashed. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Then, I saw a leg. Instantly, I hit my flashers and ran. I dove to her side. Holding her body as still as I could, I tried to figure out how bad she was hurt. When Sheriff’s Deputies pulled up, I thought help had arrived. As… Read more

Blue Salvation: Redemption from Blue Supremacy

  I was just a child. When people started to celebrate my Dad, it took me a second to figure out what for. In time, I realized that Dad was a hero. You see, my Dad ran into a hostage situation involving heavy gunfire and saved the life of a police officer. The officer was shot so many times, that Dad had to stuff towels into his guts to keep him from bleeding out. In addition to the psychological scars… Read more

The Cure for Blue Supremacy

  “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. None of the classic responses work. We have seen it over and over again. There is only one way. We have to meet violence with… Read more

The Roman Road: Salvation from Blue Supremacy

  There is salvation from Blue Supremacy.   Follow the Roman Road.   Romans 3:23 “…all of the Blue have fallen short of their duties.”   Romans 3:10 “The Blue cannot fix the Blue…”   Romans 5:12 “Brutality entered the Blue through one officer…brutality continues through all officers…because all have pledged allegiance to the Blue…”   Romans 6:23 “The brutality of the Blue leads to death…but the gift of God is life…”   Romans 5:8 “God demonstrates love for us…by… Read more

God is Not Blue: On the Churches of Blue Supremacy

  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. Will it be the blue or will it be God? Blue supremacy is idolatry at its’ deadliest. Churches have become a bastion of violence. God… Read more

The Nature of Blue Supremacy

  For the past year, I’ve seen this flag. Each time, I am reminded that it is the blue lives that actually matter. In countless encounters, the message was loud and clear…only blue is supreme. I was there when five police officers died. I still grieve for their families. With such affirmed, I am disgusted by how law enforcement has used and abused the memory of their fellow officers to ravenously seek more power. Did the lives of these five… Read more

When a White Woman Dies: On Blue Supremacy

  Repeatedly, I’ve stood in front of cameras and audiences to loudly declare to white people, “If you don’t engage in the struggle against police brutality, the next tragedy will be yours.” Yesterday, it was. Not long after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault, Justine Ruszczyk-Damond was gunned down by one of the responding Minneapolis police officers, a Somali Muslim immigrant named Mohamed Noor. By all accounts, Justine was a beautiful person…loved by everyone who knew her. There… Read more

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