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Rev. Jeff Hood
The Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood is a Baptist pastor, theologian and activist living and working in Texas. A graduate of Auburn University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, University of Alabama and Creighton University, Dr. Hood recently concluded a Doctorate of Ministry in Queer Theology at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. Dr. Hood was ordained at a church within the Southern Baptist Convention.

The author of over 10 books, Dr. Hood also serves in the governing leadership of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Fellowship of Reconciliation USA. In 2013, Dr. Hood was awarded PFLAG Fort Worth's Equality Award for Activism. In 2015, Dr. Hood was named Ambassador of Justice for Hope for Peace for his work against police brutality. In addition to being a husband and father of five children, Dr. Hood also maintains a close friendship with Texas Death Row prisoner Will Speer. With deep soul, Dr. Hood is a radical mystic and prophetic voice to a closed society.

Entries by Rev. Jeff Hood

Boycott the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship!

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 4:28 PM

"Our church voted to leave the Southern Baptist Convention this past Sunday." Overhearing Charlie's comment, I immediately replied, "Why did y'all do something dumb like that?" Even though our whispers were escalating, we hadn't yet caught the attention of our history teacher, Mr. Jones. "Most folks in our church wanted...

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Killing Andrew Thomas

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:19 AM


On a frequent basis, I get messages from death row inmates. Due to the volume of my work, I can only engage a small percentage of those who write. In early November, I received a request for help from Tennessee. Opening...

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The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday Is the Pilgrimage for Abolition

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:26 PM

This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6 p.m. at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I've encountered on death row, I believe that Holiday deserves to die.

In early 2000, Raphael was partnered with Tami Wilkerson. Together, they lived in a secluded...

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The Last Visit

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 5:19 PM


I only met Juan Garcia once. I was asked to visit him on September 15. For a couple of hours in a cold room in Livingston, Texas, we talked. With an unforgiving deadline approaching fast, the last things were at the forefront of...

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Pushing Into the Flames: Rev. Charles Moore and the Struggle Against Racism

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 12:41 AM


The moisture forming in my eyes caused the screen to grow blurry. The emotion was so heavy that I was having difficulty comprehending the words. On June 23, 2014 around 5:30pm in Grand Saline, Texas, Rev. Charles Moore walked to the front of...

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The Wayward Movement of the Movement

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 12:50 PM


I'm sick. I can feel it deep down in my stomach. The comments are eating at me. For the third time in less than a week, I heard a respected activist make a problematic remark. Now, I'm not talking about anything that was...

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The Root of Police Brutality is Fear

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:03 AM


"At the root of all war is fear, not so much the fear that men have of one another as the fear they have of everything." In the midst of desperate times, Thomas Merton wrote these words in a 1962 essay entitled, "The...

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24 Hours at the Cross: A Holy Week Confrontation with Execution in Texas

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 3:03 PM


While churches always have a plethora of odd smells, there is one that is particularly memorable. Smelling like a mix of mold and mildew, I have always imagined it to be the results of inactive butts marinating in the pews for years and...

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When Inclusion Is Exclusion: Radical Ecclesiology

(9) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 11:10 AM


The church is the church is the church. Right? Ecclesiology is the study of what the church is. At our present hour, one cannot study the church without hearing the word 'inclusion.' In books, sermons and articles people consistently write and speak about...

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Thank You: A Prayer in Crisis

(82) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 8:16 PM


The natural birth of Lucas was amazing. Madeleine was a little slower to make her appearance. Emily was experiencing contraction after contraction and nothing was happening. After close to four hours, I noticed something dripping on the floor. I don't know why, but...

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The Execution of a Graduate: Struggles From Candler School of Theology

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 1:25 PM


I needed a theological education that could save my life. For years, I struggled to survive under the weight of what I was taught at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I just couldn't believe that God hated that many people. How could...

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Christians: You Have 5 Months

(263) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Last November at the Church of God in Christ's 107th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, Andrew Caldwell stood at the front of the auditorium and infamously declared, "I ain't gay no more. I am delivered! I don't like mens no more. I said I like women. Women women...

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The Lynching of Sureshbhai Patel

(71) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 12:36 AM


The video is horrific.
Madison, Alabama police officer Eric Parker slammed Sureshbhai Patel into the ground hard enough to paralyze him. There was a time when lynchings were carried out by mobs. Now, we have created a much more...

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Pope Francis' Ignorance on Spanking

(6) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:18 PM

A few days ago, Pope Francis endorsed spanking. Believing that one can spank children and leave them with dignity, Pope Francis even called such a means of punishment, "beautiful." Unless there are records or evidence of the Pope spanking children that are not his own, I don't think...

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The Execution of Our Consciences

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 12:04 PM

When the time comes to consecrate communion, most celebrants approach the altar and read from a prepared liturgy. In the moment when Jesus is supposed to be closest to us, I have always felt like the consecration of communion is a time to explain what the incarnation means. Based on...

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The Other Rev. King: A Word from Mississippi

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 6:18 AM


Make no mistake, there truly are ghosts in Mississippi. Most often, they inhabit long forgotten places and toil with hopes that their mortal lives have not been lived in vain. A few years ago, I first traveled to a forgotten place to meet...

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Freedom of Speech Is Divine: Westboro Baptist, the Gay Christian Network and Paris

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 6:22 PM


In the beginning, God created freedom of speech. If you follow the Genesis account, God placed humans in the Garden of Eden and gave them the right to agree or disagree. One of the primary ways that we express agreement or disagreement...

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The Queerness of Disability: The Julian Way

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 2:04 PM


The room held little light. Everyone sat in a circle waiting on something to be revealed. There were expectant thoughts buzzing inside the crania of the gathered. Squeaking along in his motorized wheelchair, Rev. Justin Hancock rolled into the center of our circle...

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The Shepherd from Bethlehem Speaks

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 12:25 AM


Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shepherd? Most of the time you are bored out of your mind. I sit there and watch sheep day after day. I never wanted to be a shepherd. I didn't have a...

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The Taliban in the Self

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 12:56 PM


Shots rang out. Blood was everywhere. Bodies hit the floor. Children screamed. The images and descriptions of the scene at a school in Pakistan are more than horrific. Over 130 children are dead over an extremist religious ideology. From terrorist attack to terrorist...

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