NO THIS POST IS NOT SPAM
For the past few months, I have had way too much time on my hands. When I am not watching television or reading or sleeping or eating, I sometimes think about the future. I still plan on doing a PhD in theological studies. The more I think about the current field of theology, I look at the persons who are at the top, the more courage and confidence I get, because I believe I can get to that level. Personally, I think all aspiring scholars should. No one should label themselves mediocre, because that’s what others will see you as.
When I think about the near and far away future (if God blesses me with one), I think to myself, what kind of pastor do I want to be, what kind of theologian do I want to be. Well, I want to be myself, and I know I want to do things my way. There are models for teaching and preaching, and I find them all dissatisfying in light of my evolving Christian theology blerd (black nerd) identity. As a blogger, I’m labelled as snarky and super assertive, but as a writer I strive for different tones, critically engaged, principled, and versatile.
When I started this blog, I dedicated it to my Christian journey, as well as the theologies of James Hal Cone, Stanley Hauerwas, and John Howard Yoder. As the years went by (almost 4 years blogging now), I have expanded from nonviolent and liberationist theologies to post-colonial interpretations of different biblical passages, to including pop culture. Sometimes I don’t think the website address reflects and at other times I do. That’s why I may or may not be considering re-naming the blog/address to reflect these developments. I never imagined I would have co-bloggers, but I do, and I am grateful for Optimistic Chad and Amanda Mac, and I am probably open to one more, preferably female for gender balance.
Some possibilities in terms of name changes:
Poli Sci Fi Jesus (a popular one being throw around)
The Comic Christ (the cosmic Christ without the “s”)
Jesus Loves Comics
Jesus Christ SuperHero (Okay, I just made that one up)
I am also open to suggestions.
Or maybe no change at all. I haven’t decided. I am still debating. It would also be at an advantage not to change in someways because of familiarity. Blogging is a good path to writing and publishing books, and knowing what audiences you can appeal to. But people change, and I am aware that I and my co-authors may have aspirations to publish books, articles, maybe even curriculum (the latter is a hint hint for one of them). I know I do at least want to write, theology texts, books on ethics, science fiction and fantasy novels, you name it.
So I will keep you all updated. This is probably the most selfish blog post ever. And I’ll accept that, since I’m a work in progress. I just really needed something fun and speculative and abstract to post about after all that went on this week.