An Open Letter to Reverend Robert Jeffress:

An Open Letter to Reverend Robert Jeffress: This morning, again I preached from one of the many passages where religious leaders try to trick Jesus with his words. (John 10: 22-30…It was the suggested “Lectionary” text for this Sunday, in my Methodist tradition…) Time and time again, as you are undoubtedly aware, this theme recurs […]

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Justice for Botham Jean

Yesterday, United Methodist clergy from all over North Texas gathered to call for justice for Botham Jean. I share some of my own thoughts on the case here.

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My Set at Uncle Calvin’s

Here’s video of my set at Uncle Calvin’s last night. There are a few problems. The lighting is weird….I look ghostly. And my pickup went dead, so we had to switch to a mic, which threw me off a bit. But, overall, it gives you a sense of the night. So great to open for […]

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My Speech at the Anti-White Supremacy Rally

Many thanks to our good friends at First Unitarian, for posting this video of my speech at the “Anti-White Supremacy” rally in Dallas. What a great night it was. As I say in the speech, standing around and below me were almost twenty United Methodist clergy colleagues who stood in solidarity with us that night. […]

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Why We Should Take Down Dallas’ Confederate Monuments

I’ve not yet commented publicly on the issue of taking down Confederate monuments in Dallas, but I did sign one public letter last week, and a second today. Here’s a link for the second, and I’d encourage all to sign. Perhaps I should express some of my moral reasonings for doing so. First, I should […]

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The Judge Swears In the Council

Add another to the list of fun and amazing places/things we get to go… Today, The Judge had the high, ahem, honor of swearing in the Mayor and City Council at an elaborate ceremony at the Myerson Center. So great to see so many family, political, and personal friends. So proud of Dennise. Blessings to […]

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“This is what Dallas Looks Like”

Muslims are under attack by executive order of our President, and by terrorists in Quebec. Make no mistake, one is related to the other. Laws such as Trump’s Muslim ban give “moral license” to bigots and crazy people. No, it is not direct causality. But these laws, and the embrace of them by preachers such […]

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Sermon In Response to the Dallas Shootings

This is different, isn’t it? We’ve been here before. We’ve been in church, the Sunday after some mass shooting…somewhere…and we’ve viscerally felt the horror and the shock. You’ve heard me preach on those Sundays. But this is so different. This is our home. Our city. Violence toward our police. In our downtown, where some of […]

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The Dallas Cowboys Are Losers

Update 12.30.13: Written in September…still true today….EF “Sitting back trying to recapture, a little of the glory of, well time slips away and leaves you with nothing mister but boring stories of…glory days” — Bruce Springsteen The Dallas Cowboys are losers. I don’t mean that pejoratively. I mean it statistically. Many of us grew up […]

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