December 31, 2019

  Nobody was really listening.  Truth be told, most of the folks occupying the pews couldn’t hear even if they wanted to. Regardless, the preacher is going to preach.  That’s what he gets paid to do.  If you’d been there long enough, you knew everybody that could possibly come through the door. Even the most troubled souls had been there before.  In the midst of such an environment, the church decided that guns were necessary to protect them from whatever demons they… Read more

December 28, 2019

  I don’t own a gun…but if I did…I know that I would have shot myself by now.  I guess that’s why I’ve never bought a gun.  I’ve long wondered what has kept me hanging on through one period of mental destruction after another.  Though medicine can keep them away for a time, I always know that they’re coming back.  I always know that the pain will eventually take me.  Hope dies last…and that is the only theological problem.  … Read more

November 29, 2019

    Matthew 19:16-24     Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”   “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”   “Which ones?” he inquired.   Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father… Read more

November 28, 2019

    November 27, 2019   Evolution to Revolution    I’ve been engaging things I did not know that I would find.  Such is the nature of the random to the prescribed.  There were the sounds.  There were the sights.  There were the…  Such is the nature of the random as opposed to the prescribed.  I never wanted to walk the path that was laid before me.  I wanted something different.  I wanted something real.  Surprises birth faith and faith… Read more

November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving… Feathers.  Moccasins.  War Paint.  Battle Cries. Arrows.  We only had to be quiet momentarily.  Once we got done with the pilgrims, we could really let it rip.  On the playground, we fought like our lives depended on it and enjoyed every minute of it.  I thought nothing of it.  Why would I?  I was having a blast.  Nobody told us that it was important to respect Native American cultures. I don’t think anybody cared. Time did what my teachers couldn’t.  Slowly, knowledge… Read more

November 14, 2019

    For the better part of a decade, I’ve given my life to the abolition of the death penalty. I’ve marched hundreds of miles. I’ve ministered to countless condemned souls.  I’ve been arrested. I’ve served on boards.  I’ve traveled widely.  I’ve written books.  I’ve given interviews.  I’ve held press conferences.  I’ve been on the cover of multiple publications.  I’ve been featured on numerous programs.  To be quite frank, you will find very few people who have done more for abolition in recent… Read more

November 10, 2019

    Atatiana Jefferson   1990 – 2019     The young woman was murdered.  The officer didn’t hesitate.  I guess he thought he was going to be a hero.  Such thoughts quickly turned to shit.   I don’t know what that call was like.  The phone rang.  The phone wasn’t supposed ring.  Maybe it wasn’t a call.  Maybe the words came face to face.  I can’t imagine.  Life was dead.  Nothing was ever going to be the same.   Before… Read more

November 1, 2019

  There were days of planning.  Repeatedly, he went by The Party Venue to rehearse his entrance and his exit.  Careful planning was the only way to make sure that things didn’t go sloppy.  The gun was easy to acquire.  When the night finally came, he got all of his equipment and headed for his target.  Throughout the night, he hunted Kevin Berry, Jr.  He needed him to get in just the right place.  When he stepped on the right… Read more

October 18, 2019

  Something wasn’t right.  Deeply concerned about the alarm going off at the neighbor’s house…the Good Samaritan raced to help. Picking up a gun for protection…the Good Samaritan ventured a few steps out of his house.  Before the Good Samaritan was able to realize anything that was going on…shots rang out.  The Good Samaritan collapsed on his own property.  Before death could claim the Good Samaritan…the Samaritan’s last thought was a prayer that everyone else was ok.  Even before the blood… Read more

October 3, 2019

    The Wounds of Christ on The Body of Daniela Calderon   The night was dark. Truthfully, it seemed darker than it should have been. Regardless, Daniela Calderon was trying to find meaning in the night. The bus seemed late…or maybe it just wasn’t coming fast enough. When the attractive young man drove up and asked if she’d like a ride, she didn’t hesitate. Immediately, he started flirting and pushing her toward intimacy. Daniela told him right away that… Read more

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