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Trey Lyon
Trey Lyon is a graduate of Shorter College and McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University. Trey and his wife Jen do community development in Atlanta, Georgia focusing on literacy skills and leadership development. Trey is a founding member of The Prophetic Collective, a website for interfaith social justice issues.

Entries by Trey Lyon

Honest to God

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 9:30 PM


Recently the United Methodist Church has faced the latest iteration of an ecclesial identity crisis. This is not a new phenomenon, as division over whether or not LGBTQI persons should be ordained/married/allowed to join church/be deacons/serve on committees/bake casseroles/be prayed with or not...

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A Time Without Judges

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 12:24 PM


In the Hebrew Bible the book of Judges ends with a frightening snapshot of the moral state of Israel. "In those days, Israel had no King; everyone did as they saw fit."

For someone who prefers to think the best of human potential...

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How to Get Away With Murder: The State of Capital Punishment

(17) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 9:52 AM


Barring a dramatic legal act in the next 48 hours, Kelly Gissendanner will be executed by lethal injection by the State of Georgia -- a state I have inhabited in one form or another for 33 of my 36 years of life. Kelly...

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Call It What Is Is: White Hegemony

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 7:50 AM

hegemony noun \hi-ˈje-mə-nē, -ˈge-; ˈhe-jə-ˌmō-nē\ : influence or control over another country, a group of people, etc. 1: preponderant influence or authority over others : domination 2: the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group

I was sitting in my college...

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Behind the Veil: Ferguson and the Reign of God

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:13 PM


"It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness...

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The Real Two Party System

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 3:48 PM


"Oh, I meant to tell you," my wife said. "A man came by earlier from an alarm company and I knew you said you were thinking about that for the house, so I told him to come by later tonight." I had been...

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Trust: The Church and Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:22 PM

This week when I clicked the Facebook app on my phone, I was greeted by a happy looking hamster character informing me that I would no longer be able to send messages to Facebook friends from the app on my phone. I would need to download the new Facebook Messenger...

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'Out of Many, One'

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 2:25 PM

In 1782 an act of Congress determined that the latin phrase "e pluribus unum" would become the motto of a fledgling nation. With a single act, a phrase which previously signified the diversity of articles published in a revolutionary magazine became epithet of a radical idea-The United States of...

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Who Would Jesus Shoot?

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:12 AM

I am not a scientist nor am I an inventor. I...

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The Names We Choose

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:09 PM

Names change. Jacob to Israel. Saul to Paul. Michael King to Martin Luther King. Jorge Mario Bergoglio to Pope Francis. Robert Allen Zimmerman to Bob Dylan. Life change, shifting identities, media cache, Divine wrestling match -- all are perfectly acceptable reasons to change one's name. And why not?...

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Where is the Love Speech?

(7) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 2:00 PM

I am not normally a fan of self-help routines. I can't help thinking of Al Franken's pre-political role as Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live, doling out daily affirmations that we are all good enough, smart enough and (say it with me) "doggone it, people like me!"

As a minister...

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A Requiem for My Alma Mater

(5) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 6:18 PM

To my current and former students: I think it is important that you know what teaching at Shorter University has meant to me. In our time together over the last six years, I have watched you come into the "Introduction to Biblical Literature" class with equal parts zeal, fear, and...

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