Articles by Optimistic Chad

Revelation Series (Chapter 1, verse 1)

January 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

To be thorough, you can go back and read the earlier post on context, so you will be caught up. You can find it here. Chapters 1-3 should be read as a unit, and the introduction here is deeply evocative of the way the Hebrew Bible prophets were introduced in their own books, particularly how they were read as part of the religious liturgical readings. It appears Revelation was meant to function in a similar way to the prophetic books, as far as it was meant to be read aloud to Christian communities, who borrowed much in the way of religious practice from Judaism, much of which was because they were often the same communities. 1:1 – “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave […]

Revelation Series (catchy titles are for smart people): Context Matters

January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

I began teaching the book of Revelation for the adult Bible Study class at church this past Sunday. As I promised a few I would, I am going to do my best to blog my thoughts on the book as we study it, so it will not be exhaustive, nor will it follow any sort of meta-arc as far as theme. I am just doing research and reflection as befits a classroom as a pastor, not as befits writing a book as a scholar. Enough blithering. Into the study: Revelation is a misunderstood book. And while I am not claiming I can get it all right, there are some definite ways to get it wrong. The first is to assume that the book is in […]

A New Christmas Song (towards being honest)

December 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

This song is: 1) An attempt to respectfully add to our repoitoire of Christmas songs, while trying to be as truly historical as the other songs before it. 2) Making an attempt to reflect not only what Christmas is really about in our belief system, but also what we truly want from our All-Father. Link to youtube video: here Optimistic ChadMore Posts

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Conclusion

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Conclusion Posted on November 19, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. Check out part 17: the Phantom Stranger. Check out part 18: Green Arrow. Check out part 19: the Flash. Check out part 20: Animal Man. What were the final scores? In order […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 20, Animal Man

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 20, Animal Man Posted on November 19, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. Check out part 17: the Phantom Stranger. Check out part 18: Green Arrow. Check out part 19: the Flash. Animal Man is not likely a superhero that many […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 19, the Flash

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 19, the Flash Posted on November 19, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. Check out part 17: the Phantom Stranger. Check out part 18: Green Arrow. The Flash is no stranger to comics fans, and has been a staple of […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 18, Green Arrow

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 18, Green Arrow Posted on November 18, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. Check out part 17: the Phantom Stranger. Green Arrow has entered into what can only be described as his Golden Age. Ironic since he has been […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 17, The Phantom Stranger

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 17, The Phantom Stranger Posted on November 18, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Check out part 16: Thor. The Phantom Stranger is one of the more obscure heroes on the list so far. He has been around for a number of years […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 16, Thor

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 16, Thor Posted on November 18, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Check out part 15: Superman. Thor was one of my favorite comics to read growing up. There was also a really cheesy cartoon featuring Thor that I really loved. I think most of it was […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 15, Superman

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 15, Superman Posted on November 18, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Check out part 14: Black Canary. Superman is Superman. You may be reading the wrong blog if the name doesn’t ring a bell. Who is Superman? Superman literally started the super-hero genre. He was the first, and continues to arguably […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 14, Black Canary

November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 14, Black Canary Posted on November 18, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Check out part 13: Static. Black Canary is still relatively unknown to most common folk, but has been a staple of DC comics since 1947. Although she has been part of the Justice League, Justice Society, Birds of Prey, and a number of […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 13, Static Shock

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 13, Static Posted on November 15, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. Check out part 12: Batman. Static Shock isn’t really a big-name hero, but he did have a cartoon back in the late 90’s, early 2000’s that had a decent run. Static, while not the most popular, or even the most unique (see Black Lightning, Black Vulcan), does that […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 12, Batman

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 12, Batman Posted on November 15, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine.Check out part 11: The Incredible Hulk. I believe Batman needs less of an introduction than Spider-Man, and that is indeed saying something. Batman has ingratiated himself into our popular culture in a way that few others have. Dark, brooding, and yet with an air of something resembling hope, Batman offers us a goodness […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 11, The Incredible Hulk

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 11, The Incredible Hulk Posted on November 15, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Check out part 10: John Constantine. The Hulk has had 2 movies, has been in more than 10 cartoon shows/movies, had a well known live-action TV show, and is easily one of the most recognizable comic characters in the world. Huge, green, and angry. How does he stack up to the rest of the so-called heroes? […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 10, John Constantine

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 10, John Constantine Posted on November 15, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Check out part 9: Wonder Woman. Many of you are asking, who the heck is John Constantine? Others are wondering why Keanu Reeves made it onto the list. Well, the horrible movie aside, Constantine is actually a very interesting and off-kilter hero within the DC universe. Also, potentially part of a movie in the next year or so helmed by Guillermo Del Toro. […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 9, Wonder Woman

November 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 9, Wonder Woman Posted on November 13, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. Check out part 8: Spider-Man. Wonder Woman! She is like the default female superhero for everyone, right? Is her recepetion as problematic as Powergirl’s? Kinda, but context matters. DC’s premiere leading lady, muse for Linda Carter and icon of throngs of girls who grew up in the 70’s. Greek powerhouse and all around feminist, Wonder Woman! Who is Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, Diana, was originally thought […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 8, Spider-Man

November 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 8, Spider-Man Posted on November 13, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Check out part 7: Iron Man. I am going to go ahead and assume that unless you are willfully ignorant of anything in any way relating to Western Culture, you have heard of Spider-Man. He has 5 (big budget) movies to his name, no less than 6 animated cartoons to his name, and at any given time appears in 4 billion Marvel comics per week. He is Marvel’s flagship character, and creator […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 7, Iron Man

November 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 7, Iron Man Posted on November 13, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Check out part 6: Luke Cage. Iron Man likely needs to introduction, although just a few years ago, he was a rather unknown character in the public eye. I feel confident saying that there were very few actual fans of Iron Man in the general public before the movie came out, but now, he is nova-hot and most people see Robert Downey Jr. as the face of Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. Who is Iron Man? […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 6, Luke Cage

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 6, Luke Cage Posted on November 5, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Check out part 5: Aquaman. Luke Cage is not the most well known hero in comicdom. In fact, he may be more well known as the guy who Nicolas Cage took his name from. He is also the first Black superhero on the list. Who is Luke Cage? Born Carl Lucas, he was raised in Harlem, NY and was involved his whole life in gang activity. When his friend framed him for heroin possession, he was sent to prison and […]

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 5, Aquaman

November 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Comic Fan Searches For A New Hero: Part 5, Aquaman Posted on November 2, 2013 by Optimistic Chad Check out the introduction for background on this series of posts! Check out part 1: Green Lantern. Check out part 2: Captain America.Check out part 3: Wolverine. Check out part 4: Power Girl. Aquaman is fairly well known to most people, even if he tends to be somewhat a joke for many. While his power level and overall skill sets are mightily impressive, the land-based bias that we air-breathers have prevents many people from taking Aquaman seriously, and lots of folk typecast him in the role of the fish out of water (see what I did there). Who is Aquaman?  Raised by a father who ran a lighthouse, Arthur Curry always knew he […]

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