Our Bondage And Our Freedom: on Lent and neoliberalism

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

William T. Cavanaugh provides an intriguing analysis of modern consumer culture in relation to Christian social norms and morality in his work Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire. He addresses many questions that many Christian wrestle with on a daily basis. Namely, how does one embrace the teachings of the Gospel and Christianity in general while simultaneously participating in a culture that espouses an amoral foundation on material consumption? The ramifications of this answer not only have an impact on the local level but globally as well. This question is deeply rooted in articulating the human relationships in the midst of a capitalist society. At times in the United States the culture of consumption seems to be both inescapable as well as inevitable. From this […]

Four Things You Didn’t Know About Northern Racism

February 19, 2015 // 5 Comments

 Nathan Lewis Lawrence is a biracial graduate student, world traveler, and jujitsu enthusiast from Lancaster, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree in Security studies from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio and received a M.A. in Peace and Conflict studies at the Department of International Relations at Hacettepe University. Currently, he attends the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Check out his personal blog Taming Cynicism.   In the spring of 2014, the some of the residents of Lancaster, Ohio, the place I call home, woke up in the morning to a rude surprise. Fliers for the Ku Klux Klan were found all over town, including the yards of interracial families like mine. It was the talk of the town but Police […]

5 Takeaways from #Selma @SelmaMovie

February 9, 2015 // 4 Comments

This past Friday, in spite of no showings of Ava Duvernay’s Selma (2015) being shown in Fort Worth theaters, a friend and I were able to see the film in Grand Prairie. We had to endure being in line where there was only one cashier at the box office, but once we were in the theater, there weren’t even ten other viewers who showed up. Able to choose where I sat, I picked the usual: middle aisle, middle seats. Movie theaters are the only place where I choose “the Middle Way.” After we the audience got through twenty minutes of previews, the actual movie started. Throughout the film, my mind was racing with thoughts, being reminded of the current issues of today and how injustice […]

they would respect us if

January 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

With the Ferguson movement and other protests around the country highlighting the dual but interrelated problems of police brutality and racial profiling in African American communities, many public intellectuals have been pondering the reasons why Blacks are more likely to be profiled, brutalized, or worse, murdered in cold blood as Mike Brown was. A few such famed thinkers, such as Pastor Voddie Baucham, actor Bill Cosby and CNN’s Don Lemon continue to push the false myth of Black intellectual inferiority as the reason behind Blacks’ natural criminality. If THEY, those hoodlums will pull up their pants, not dress like ratchet ladies we see on them hip hop videos, and get a job, perhaps the police would less likely assume that (presumably) poor blacks were all […]

The State of the Union. A response. #SOTU

January 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union Address shed light on various issues that the United States faces today. One of the more controversial ones is immigration reform. President Obama has repeatedly stated the current system is broken and that nothing short of complete reform can fix it. In this vein he has decided to take executive actions amid at helping build a system that allows America to live up to its heritage as a nation founded by immigrants. Regardless of what one thinks about the President’s initiative it is important for each American to understand some of the complexities associated with immigration. Of particular importance is to understand several of the economic aspect that is associated specifically with undocumented workers. Through a better […]

#HoodieSunday: What was it and why?

January 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the neighboring state of Oklahoma, one state senator wants to crack down on protestors using their First Amendment right to wear a hoodie. Of course, there’s always some random clause that gives out exemptions for holidays like Halloween or for persons who wear religious coverings, but the proposed legislation is so vague that people wearing hoodies in PUBLIC spaces can be arrested and sent to prison for up to a year.. The proposed law has come under scrutiny from local and national news outlets As a response, one of my friends and former classmates from Brite Divinity School, Pastor Michael Riggs teamed up with Reverend Jesse Jackson Jr. of OK to create a Facebook Event: #HoodieSunday. Hoodie Sunday took place this last Sunday on […]

Political Jesus has moved. Welcome to the #ResistDaily

January 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

Greetings fam! For the past three years, I (Rod) had contemplated moving the blog once known as Political Jesus and shifting its focus. After months of discernment, late last year I decided after the Charisma magazine debacle, that this city deserves a better class of Christian magazines.  I imagined the possibility of a magazine to serve both the Church and the World in a forward-thinking faithfulness committed to: Christian Nonviolence, Cultural Intelligence, Interdenominational Dialogue, and Gender Equity. What if rather than news stories centered on cults of celebrity,  or which U.S American political party is doing it wrong this week, there was a Christian publication with a Christ-centered approach, with an eye for the margins? Thus was born The Resist Daily: The Everyday Politics of Jesus for […]

Yahweh’s Blue Yonder: Those Deep Sea Blues

January 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just as important in any movement of social justice is art. I’ve always been fascinated by the role of art and narrative in movements of social justice. As such, I’ve decided to contribute my own creative writing work into the fray of beings who literally are unable to speak for themeselves.  I was inspired by the documentary, ‘Blackfish’ and the subject is Tilikulm- amongst the most tortured beings held in captivity.   So without further ado, I present to you: ‘Those Deep Sea Blues’ Thrilled, wowed amazed… My eyes, the audience, the world – they gaze… That majestic tail, that erect fin, the black purity of his skin [THE PAIN OF LIVING CREATURES]  SPLASH! The glittering droplets with each crash, glide and flip through the water […]

Yahweh’s Blue Yonder: Understanding Judaic Roots Helps Us Become Better Stewards!

January 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I recently had been reading a textbook for a class I had taken in college entitled , ‘Environmental Ethics and Policy’ Book – the book is essentially an anthology of many different articles on various aspects of environmental ethics. One of the most interesting entries I have recently discovered is ‘Judaism and the Environment’ . I know that I had stated that I am interested in what Christian ethical standard may exist with regard to the environment- but we shouldn’t supercede our Judaism roots- what sort of precedents for environmental stewardship did YHWH impend upon the ancient Israelites? Robert Gordis, the author of this section, of course is wise to bring up the issue that many have with ‘Genesis 1:28 – the verse telling mankind […]

Race, Inclusion, and Unity in Christ #DisunityBook

January 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

This post is my contribution to the #DisunityBook club over at the Theology of Ferguson, a personal & theological reflection on Christena Cleveland‘s Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart, specifically, CHAPTERS 9 AND 10. I dedicate this essay to Lizandra, Daisha, and Christian It was early December. Tamir Rice, a twelve year old child who had not even gone through puberty had his life taken away. Why? because like any other boy usually, he was just playing with his toy guns. The only difference was: his skin was of a different hue. This, I mind you, was following the tumultuous summer of anti-black violence by police forces, nonviolent protestors being labelled as “rioters” and “trouble-makers” by the White Supremacist media. […]

Yahweh's Blue Yonder: SeaWorld Woes

January 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year means it’s time for a new series! For me, 2015 will be a year of environtmental theology- from an Anablacktivist perspective! As such, each month will have a different theme. For January?:   That’s right- we’re headed to SeaWorld! The world of adventure highly sought after by lovers of marine life. But even a cursory glance at the news lately ought to let you know that there’s trouble in paradise… Since 2013, there’s been news report after news report of attendance sharply falling and the most recent article detailing a 5% drop in the SeWorld (SEAS) stock- pushing the current CEO to resign! (OH NO! NOT THE STOCK MARKET!!).. An article posted rather recently (Nov.) on CNN(  http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/12/investing/seaworld-stock-dip/) goes […]

Highlights from 2014

December 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

In 2014, I set out to articulate my view of the world, my working theology, and spiritual journey. I aimed to do this without centering the feelings of would-be “allies” or seek the approval of the dominant culture. I wanted to invite my friends and (presumably) my audience to an alternative beyond the liberal, conservative divide as well as the never really nuanced “third way.” I also sought to collaborate and work in collectives with social justice thinkers similar to myself. We may not all agree on every issue, but we live in conversation, and to lift up the voices of the margins. Here are some highlights: 1. During this spring (March exactly), evangelicals and postevangelicals were at arms over World Vision and the culture […]

Over at Media Diversity UK: Top 10 Stories on Nerd Culture & Race 2014

December 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

I did a guest post for Media Diversity UK/ Writers of Colour: Top Ten Stories on Nerd Culture and in 2014. Here’s a sneak peak: For comic book fans and fans of science fiction movies, 2014 proved to be a banner year. Whether it was the #BlackStormTrooper outrage or the cancellation of racial diverse Syfy shows in favor of those that are less, here is my rundown of the worst of the best, or was or is it the best of the worst Nerd Culture had to offer us when it came to racial diversity! 7. Legendary sci-fi film director behind ground-breaking Blade Runner, Alien, and Aliens epically unable to imagine ancient Egyptians as anything but white: As a religious person and as someone committed […]

In 2015, watch how I soar #whedony #Firefly

December 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

For several years now I have made it a yearly habit to make a quote from Joss Whedon’s Firefly my motto for the year. One year it was Jayne Cobb’s “Hey, let’s be bad guys,” another it was Malcolm Reynolds’ “I aim to misbehave,” and last year it was “I can kill you with my mind,” courtesy of River Tam. After a little debate, I decided to go with “I’m a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar”- Hoban Washburne. If you’re not a Browncoat, I am not going to ruin the scene for you but I will say that in 2015, I want to take risks. I do not know if I will be successful or not, but I sure will try. Everyone […]

infant lowly, infant holy

December 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

originally posted at Toy Adams’ Imagining Jesus blog These days, there are a lot of Christians that like to talk about being “Incarnation,” and even to some extent “The Incarnation” itself. There are even some Christians who prefer to talk about multiple incarnations. When it comes to discussions of the Incarnation, we love the neat,cleaner, more respectable adult version, where we talk about Jesus as a Grown-Up, as he is able to walk  with us, talk with us personally. This perspective is a highly individualistic, it is self-centered, and exclusive of children’s subjectivity in the life of The Church.  As a Liberationist and an Open Theist, I am all for defending many (not all) relational approaches to understanding God. During Advent, this is the time […]

Royal. Bodies. #StayWokeAdvent #Ferguson

December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Over a week ago, NBA basketball star LeBron “King” James found himself in hot water after breaking a rule. While hanging out with Prince William and Duchess Kate, LeBron violated British royal protocol by wrapping his arm around Kate’s back. The bodies of the members of the British Royal family are national treasures, and palace officials work to make sure that particular customs are adhered to. Today I would like to reflect on the Advent Lectionary selection, 2nd Samuel 7:1-11, 16 (NRSV). Because the personal is political, and vice versa, I purposefully chose what I believed to be the most difficult text to deal with during this season of repentance. The chapter itself brings a lot of baggage, and so if you do not understand […]

To “Safeguard the Nation”: Redemption, Torture, and #BlackLivesMatter: Advent Reflections

December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Timothy McGee is a doctoral student in systematic theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. The Midtown South branch of the NYPD recently tweeted (and promptly took down) an image of Jack Nicholson playing Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men, along with the full quotation that begins with the famous line, “you can’t handle the truth,” and includes the troubling statement, “You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives!” Posted two days after more than twenty-thousand people marched in New York to protest the killings of unarmed black men and women, this quote reveals the deep cultural as well as material connection […]

Language For God in Patristic Tradition by Mark Sheridan

December 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Woooooo hoooo! Christmas came early for me today in the mail. Intervarsity Press has sent me a review copy of Language For God in Patristic Tradition: Wrestling With Biblical Anthropomorphism by Mark Sheridan. Words cannot fathom how excited I am, but maybe this video can! LOLS! RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

Test Post.

December 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

Welcome to the Test post for the Resist Daily. Testing Disqus and posting. RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

Upcoming #AnaBlacktivism chats: #JamesConeWasRight & Bonhoeffer

December 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yes, that’s right, CHATS. PLURAL. Mark your calendars for two conversations on Theology and Race. Back in June, we had our first #AnaBlacktivist chat on Anti-Blackness, Liberation, and Shalom. On Thursday night December 18th, 2014 at 8:00pm EST, over on Twitter, @AnaBlacktivism will host a conversation on #JamesConeWasRight (using this hashtag inspired by the labor of our friends Daniel and Terrence). Given the recent discussions nation- and worldwide about #Ferguson, #TamirRice, #EricGarner, racism, and police brutality, we at AnaBlacktivist Seminary wanted to highlight the prophetic words of Dr. James Hal Cone, and how his insights remain relevant to this day. Cone’s intellectual project in advancing an Anti-racist, anti-oppressive Christianity are now needed now than ever before. From his analysis of Blacks’ experiences, to his critique […]

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