November 2012

A Few Thoughts on #AngusTJones, the Entertainment Industry and Religion

November 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

Joel has two sympathetic and concerned posts about the Angus T Jones situation here and here. Chris added his two cents here. I’ll leave commentary on Seventh Day Adventists and their beliefs to the experts, but I wanted to make a comment on money and religion. I think that it’s very telling that what it means to be religious for liberals and conservatives are completely different in the U.S. On the conservative site Twitchy, the situation was turned into yet another Hollywood conservative being victimized by liberal accusations of hypocrisy. I don’t think this issue is about hypocrisy versus non-hypocrisy, but about a matter of faithfulness, and what it means to be religious. The Seventh Day Adventist church has a reputation for being very socially […]

Ranking, Theological Studies, and Racial Hierarchy: Some A-Musings #SBLAAR

November 26, 2012 // 5 Comments

Recently, I keep thinking whether to be saddened or happy that I did not have the means to go to the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature. Why would I enter a space where my body because of the color of my skin is not welcome? Let me start here. I have to wonder how can Christianity stand as it is here in the United States when its leading magazine, Christianity Today, saves a space for Neo-Confederate racists like Doug Wilson. Do we really believe that outsiders will take your community seriously in a culturally pluralistic society like ours? Let’s ask Mitt Romney for his thoughts! I think the problem is much more deeper than simply permitting a racist to write for your top […]

Thoughts on Genesis, Creation, Science, and other Mythologies

November 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

When I was a kid, MTV was in its infancy. They still played music videos back then. In fact, that was all they played, if you can believe it. It was during that time that I started to really like the band Van Halen. Of course, the band was named after Eddie and Alex Van Halen, who were both amazing musicians in the band, but back in those days, I didn’t really care about the music so much. I remember watching Van Halen music videos and really loving them because of the insane antics of their front man. David Lee Roth would jump off of speakers, do karate kicks, and yell out nonsensical words, while wearing what looked like clothing made from cut up strips […]

Thoughts About Star Wars, the Oppressed, and the Book of Genesis

November 12, 2012 // 4 Comments

Every journey has a beginning. So does every story. But sometimes, especially around popular stories, not everyone can agree on where the beginning is. Take Star Wars for example. (I suppose if you knew me, this is the point in which you would simply shake your head and stop listening, because you would say that I always bring Star Wars into the discussion. And you would be right. But this time, it is important.) In 1977, Star Wars started off as a single movie. The way the film unfolded, it gave you the feeling that you were jumping in in the middle of a story in progress. Not everything was explained. People and places were referenced, but never fleshed out. It was even subtitled: Episode […]

I Joined #NaNOWrimo This Year: As a #NaNoRebel for Church History!

November 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

In case you hadn’t noticed a new logo on the side bar of this site, I have decided to do National Novel Writing Month this year, as NaNoRebel of course in Political Jesus fashion. National Novel Writing Month is a group of people dedicated to writing a fiction novel of 50,000 words or more for the month of November. Taking a break from being a pop culturalist, I wanted to get back to my first love, Church History, and try do a possible book accessible for laypersons, but at the same time, challenge the way church history is being done. Right now, I am challenging the idea that church history starts with the Jewish and Christian split in the first century, as if Gentiles and […]

Who Did I Vote For in 2012 For President?: Making My Suggestions To The Electoral College Count!

November 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

By now, I have kept you in anticipation, dear reader, who did I “not vote” vote for? Okay, knowing that only certified write-in votes would could, and knowing the list of those certified write-in votes, I still decided to write in Christ Jesus, the Prince of Peace. It’s been two years, and yet Jesus for President is still my theme song! RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

The Powerful Witness of Voting In Local Elections Only: My follow up post on "Not Voting" #JesusPolitics

November 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

About two weeks ago, I wrote The Powerful Witness of Not Voting In National Elections, and today, I want to follow up with that, and talk about the Bible, and theology, and politics all together. Run and hide!!! No, but seriously, today, I did vote, but I did not participate in the election ritual that was for the nation’s President. Our media is obsessed with rank and arbitrary power, talking points, and gotcha moments. As I educated myself last night about the one very important, and competitive local election for a local office, I watched a debate online, read a few articles, it was a toss-up (admittedly, I was leaning slightly towards one candidate) until I saw the results of the two candidates’ vote/action on […]

Thoughts About Dads and Focusing Too Much on Heaven

November 5, 2012 // 6 Comments

One time, when I was 15, my dad and I drove halfway across the country. I have relatives in Arkansas that I saw perhaps once or twice every few years, and this was one of those times. We made this drive often enough that I started to remember the big milestones. I remember the place along the I-40 with all the cars face-down in the dirt, half-buried with their backsides to the sky. I remember giant fake-dinosaurs, restaurants offering steak-eating challenges, and a giant missile on a Native reservation that advertised fireworks for sale. Those things always excited me when I saw them because they acted as signposts that we were getting closer to the end of the trip, and each milestone heralded our arrival […]

Sunday Funnies: Dunk The Vote: Your Suggestions Count!

November 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

I would like to thank T.C. Moore for sharing this video of the Key and Peele skit on facebook; it puts the electoral college into plain speech. Great! RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

Blog Posts Of Note:Week Of October 28th: Disney Buys Star Wars, Andrew Sullivan Is Still Crazy

November 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

From: io9: Darth Vader tells other Disney owned characters he’s their father! There were some good posts around this week, I really wish my favorite bloggers would post more…..Just Prayin’! Kevin Greenlee wrote about why All Saints Day should be preferred to Reformation Day: All Saints Day Vs Reformation Day Abram K-J had an excellent post on All Saints Day on St. Moses the Black (4th Century); he also wrote on the Septuagint: How to Read and Understand the Gottingen Septuagint: A short primer part 1 Joel took a break from writing his book to comment on Andrew Sullivan’s “silly” comments about the Confederacy making a comeback: Andy Sullivan Misses A Few Things With This Cold Civil War Bit. For the record, on my part, […]

Who Won the Fight Between Me & Joel Watts? AKA the Unsettled PJs Bowl #TCU Vs #WVU

November 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Earlier today, unaware that his beloved West Virginia Mountaineers were playing the TCU Horned Frogs: [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/eJoelWatts/status/264743387243085825″] Well, how did the game turn out? First, TCU was down by a touchdown, and was at their 6 yard line, and our redshirt freshman quarterback threw a NINETY-FOUR YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS. That’s right, 94 yards, people! Tie game, the game went to double overtime after two missed field goals. Then the Mountaineers threw a touchdown pass, their FIFTY FOURTH pass of the game for only 260 yards, I must add. Thats not really efficient, #IJS. Anyhow, TCU pulled a trick play, Wide receiver pass, Brandon Carter to Corey Fuller, a 260 pound tight end. Then, TCU went for two and made it. Great win, we’re bowl eligible, […]

Quip of the Day: Roland Boer On Ethics

November 1, 2012 // 1 Comment

Roland Boer commenting on Judith Butler, but really, a large number of scholars talk about dialogue and conversation, but end up just having monologues for people, preaching to the choir, especially in liberal and progressive circles. Conversation for the sake of talking and being “open” and yet close-minded at the same time: “These days Judith Butler is turning down invitations to some places such as Germany. The reason is not so much that’s she’s busy, but that she is concerned about her ‘own person’, especially in light of the brouhaha surrounding the awarding of the Adorno prize and her anti-Zionist stand. Fair enough, you might say. But that becomes a little more difficult in light of her engagement in that form of moralizing, of telling […]