The Gurney Destroyed: A Lesson in Defiance

      *These are the final paragraphs from one my latests…The Execution of God, published by Chalice Press.     Throughout the day, I will travel to the execution chamber in Huntsville. Instead of commemorating Holy Week in a place of worship, I’ve chosen to experience the passion of Jesus in Adam Ward. When the State of Texas places the lethal needle into Ward’s arm, I will be standing outside in defiance. We all know that Ward’s actions aren’t… Read more

Resisting Mugabe in Zimbabwe

  *It brings me great joy to have been blessed with the privilege of playing an infinitesimal part of the downfall of Zimbabwean Dictator Robert Mugabe. I wrote this from Zimbabwe on February 8, 2016.   Dirt has been a constant companion. Like air, you’re constantly breathing it in and exhaling it out. When the bus arrived, I passed through the red fog to the climb up into my seat. Before I could even think, the driver looked at me… Read more

A Short Theology of Sleep

    “What’s taking so long?” The restaurant seemed to attract assholes. It seemed like rudeness grew by the hour. When she got in her car, she let out a sigh of relief. She began to drive home. After kissing her kids, she arrived at the place she had longed for all day. Laying down and covering up, she quickly found sleep. It was there that she felt most alive.   What do the backs of eyelids look like?  … Read more

THOUGHTS for a COUP / / The Impromptu Sermon: Thoughts on Christian Defiance in Zimbabwe

  *Originally posted while I was in Zimbabwe on February 6, 2016   **Reposted in response to the current coup unfolding in Zimbabwe.   Earlier this afternoon, a group of Zimbabwean government officials asked me to discuss politics with them. This is an authoritarian society where such an invitation can be dangerous. Nevertheless, I engaged. When I told them that I was primarily a theologian, they told me that here in Zimbabwe politics and spirituality don’t mix. While I didn’t… Read more

Lay Down Your Body

    How far would I go?   How far would you go?   The halls were dark. Time was drawing to a close. Every step was accompanied by the same words, “Dead body walking.” There was also a whisper, “I was in prison…” Something seemed to be close. The roomed seemed so far away. Fear ravaged the mind. Memories of love crept in. Heavy. Tears refused to come. The door was loud. Everything was white. This was no heaven…. Read more

The Breach: Bullshit

NASA / Unsplash   If it weren’t for my children, I wouldn’t go to church. I think I’d probably be in a better place spiritually if I didn’t.   One does not have to go to a place to meet God. No matter where we go, God is there.   The idea that there is a breach between God and humanity is contrary to the gospel. Jesus fixed the breach. There is no need for further fixing. There is a… Read more

Bedtime Prayer

David Monje / Unsplash   Throughout my childhood, I often spent the night at my grandparent’s house. I loved them very much. I didn’t love the way they put us to bed. After we were tucked into our beds, my grandmother would close her eyes and say,   “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take.”   For… Read more

Cowards.

  Dozens and dozens of people were dead. The images were horrific. Yet again, someone opened fire on a church. With images of blood fresh on my mind, I went to the leadership of our church. Out of fear, I suggested that we hire armed security for the church. Everyone agreed. Even though I felt like I’d done something really good for the church, there was a part of me that wondered.   The service was about to start. I… Read more

Apostasy: God, Guns and Sutherland

    In the beginning, God created guns. God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule with guns.”   So God created humanity with guns in their hands.   It was not long before humans started killing each other.   In their depravity, humans roamed the earth prepared to shoot.   Protection and murder became synonymous.   In the day of Abraham, he took a gun and dealt with his domestic violence… Read more

Lunchtime Terrorism

    Getting out of the car is not easy. Our youngest children like to sprint across the parking lot. They have no idea of the danger they are in. They are just ready to eat. When we get inside, the kids run around until I get them seated. I turn on a show. They are distracted for the moment. Before they get undistracted, I run to order our food. Keeping a close watch on the kids, I pick everything… Read more

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