From 2nd Person In The Trinity To 2nd Class Citizen: Christmas #fleshYGod

December 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Toy Adams has had a month long event on Imagining Jesus and he invited me to contribute. After much deliberation, this is a sample of my reflection: We sing “God Bless America:while we point our fingers to countries, across the ocean, over there in the 2/3rd’s world and talk about their “unfreedom.” The Gospels and the Pauline Epistles present a disturbing picture that Christendom has yet to grapple with. Jesus was a man who from his miraculous conception to his birth, in his life, and death, a man in chains. For the rest of the post, visit: Imagining Jesus: salvation looks like a fugitive slave child RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

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

My Favorite Christmas Movies

December 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

A number of folks have asked me what my favorite Christmas movies were, and so without further ado, here they are, and why.     #3. Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Without a doubt, this classic is meaningful to me. The most powerful scene has to be when Rudolf ends up on the Island of Lost Toys, the rejects of the North Pole. I like the whole message of how the marginalized are vindicated at the end. Just beautiful Christmas message, sorta like the Gospel of Luke!   #2. Elf. Elf is just hilarious. It’s one of Will Ferrell‘s last funny movies, and it has Zooey Deschanel. What more could you ask for? Oh, yeah and Sonny from The Godfather movies!     1. Batman Returns. […]

#DoctorWho: The Snow Men

December 25, 2012 // 8 Comments

This Christmas was the first time I got to watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special on BBC America.  As some of my friends commented, a lot of things were happening in this episode, The Snow Men.  One thing I know is that the Doctor  is married, but he keeps having all these romantic relationships with his Companions, but at the same time, family is supposed to be this really really important thing on the show. This shipping and the whole theme of family is really taking away from the science fiction and horror aspects of the show.   I found the episode very entertaining, even in spite of the lack of a plot. What did you think of the Doctor Who Christmas Special? Chime in!   […]

Warning for the Next Few Days: A Number of Book Reviews

December 21, 2012 // 2 Comments

I have a number of book reviews I will be writing in the next few days, in the week, consider it my celebration of Christmas reading, giving, and sharing, because that’s what the holiday is all about. Here are the books from now until December 31st: For these first two, I plan to do more of a theological addendum to these works (working through these texts- one is history, the other is social ethics) 1. The Color of Christ: The Son of God and The Saga of Race in America by Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey 2. Unfinished Business: Black Women , the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America by Keri Day. The other two books will be more of reading […]

Holiday Harassment: Christmas pt. 3: Santa Claus and His Ilk

December 18, 2012 // 3 Comments

This is the third in a 3 part series. Part 1: Pagan origins of Christmas, Part 2: Christian origins of Christmas, and Part 3: Santa Claus and his Ilk. In part 1, I discussed the pagan origins of Christmas. In part 2, we discussed the practices of Christmas that were Christian in origin. In this piece, we’ll talk about the Characters of Christmas, particularly Santa, but with notable others as well. Santa Claus Santa Claus has, for better or worse (who are we kidding, its worse), become ubiquitous with Christmas. It is usually the first image that pops into little heads when the C-word is mentioned. But from whence did he come? So many names for him, too: Saint Nicolas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, among others. So […]

Holiday Harassment: Christmas pt. 2: Christian Origins

December 10, 2012 // 2 Comments

This is the first is a 3 part series. Part 1: Pagan origins of Christmas, Part 2: Christian origins of Christmas, and Part 3: Santa Claus and his Ilk. In part 1, I discussed the pagan origins of Christmas. However, that is not the whole story. Christmas, in its current form, did not simply spring up or evolve from just one source, Christian, pagan or otherwise. Therefore, in the interest of fairness, here are the Christian origins of Christmas. December 25 In the last post, I mentioned how Dies Natalis Solis Invicti was the reason that Christmas is celebrated on December 25. Well, that isn’t the whole story. While it is true that the celebration of the Sun (or Sun God) was celebrated on this day, […]

Razer The Red Nosed Lantern: A #GLTAS Christmas Carol By @giancarlo_volpe #DCNation

December 9, 2012 // 2 Comments

It’s been a long time since we’ve had parodies of songs on Political Jesus, so I thought I would share two versions of Razer The Red Nosed Lantern, the first from animator and producer Giancarlo Volpe. [he gave me permission to share via twitter] The second version is my own Bitter DC Nation fan version. Razer the Red Nosed Lantern (by Giancarlo Volpe): “Razer the Red Nosed Lantern had a very angry nose And if you ever saw it, you would say he has great rage in his heart All of the other Red Lanterns Used to laugh and call him names, They even told Atrocitus, To murder his Ilana dame Then one foggy Christmas Eve Hal Jordan showed him trust. “Razer with your nose […]

Holiday Harassment: Christmas pt. 1: Pagan Origins

December 6, 2012 // 4 Comments

Let it not be said that I hate Christmas. I don’t. I rather like it. However, like abortion, gay rights, and taxes, it has become something in-between a political football and a litmus test for the “correct” sort of belief (or lack thereof). In the interest of truth being the antidote to ignorance, let’s take a ride on the bus of no bull$h!t for a bit, and talk about Christmas. This is the first is a 3 part series. Part 1: Pagan origins of Christmas, Part 2: Christian origins of Christmas, and Part 3: Santa Claus and his ilk. Pagan origins of Christmas: First off, I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet. I absolutely hate it when I see/hear/experience the “keep Christ in […]

'Tis the Season

December 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

Ah, Christmas is in the air.  Malls are playing Jingle Bells over and over and over again in a sadistic attempt to drive all retail employees crazy.  Christians think it’s the end of the world because the Wal-mart cashier says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” And the media runs stories almost weekly about how Christmas decorations are politically incorrect.  Sometimes it feels like the newspapers run the same stories each Christmas in an attempt to drum up outrage and of course readership. So, here at Political Jesus, I want to open up this post for people to add their favourite Christmas ‘the sky is falling’ story. Like the school bus drivers who were told to undecorate their school buses.  The bus drivers’ response to […]

Have a Mary Christmas!

December 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

From Chad and Rod here at Political Jesus, we just wanted to remind everyone to have a blessed Mary Christmas. Mary, not only for joy, but also the blessed woman of God who bore God in her body as the theoktos, for Christ came to liberate all women and men of every nationality and culture. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”- Luke 1:37, KJV. RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website

Twas the Night before Christmas (Postmodern Version)

December 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

By Bryan Stone of Boston University I received this in an e-mail from the Optymyst. Thought I should share, just for kicks: Twas a Postmodern Christmas, when all through the regime Not a concept was stirring, not even a meme. Essentialist dogmas were nurtured with care, And imperialist ambitions still hung in the air The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While grand narratives of progress danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just performed gender before taking a nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew in a craze, And incarnated an internalized masculine […]

Critique My Christmas Narrative

December 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Image via Wikipedia I have the joy of putting together the Christmas Eve service this year at church. I didn’t want to simply read the same scriptures that we do every year, but i did want to keep the basic narrative intact. So I took great liberties in phrasing and order and arranged the birth stories from Luke and Matthew into a cohesive narrative. It isn’t radical, but I wouldn’t mind critique. I kept references to “angels”, although I would rather have inserted “heralds” instead. Also, I have knowingly sanitized some of the narrative because of the young kids. I plan on giving the meditation on John 1, trying to tie together God speaking in the beginning when things were dark and chaotic, to when […]

Christmas celebrated publicly in Vietnam

December 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. On Friday evening, history was made in communist Vietnam. Christian sources reported that some 40,000 people gathered in a hastily constructed venue in Ho Chi Minh City to worship God, celebrate Christmas and hear a gospel message— an event of unprecedented magnitude in Vietnam. A popular Vietnamese Christian Web site and other reports indicated up to 8,000 people responded to the gospel message indicating a desire to follow Christ. To read more, here is the link to Charisma News Online RodChurch History. Anti-Racism. Nonviolent Politics. Nerd culture. Green Tea. #ResistDaily #AnaBlacktivismMore Posts – Website