Thursday, May 11, 2017

Master of Divinity

I graduated seminary this week. My Masters of Divinity culminated in three courses my senior year: Theological Short Stories, Capstone, and God. Here are peeks at all three finals.

Theological Short Stories:
If one followed Jesus, it would totally mess up their routines and offer no guarantee of safety. Is it better to be alive and in bondage than free but in peril?

Capstone:
This radical theological lens is the one I look through after wrestling with tradition, experience, and scripture. This is not to say I accept traditional theological interpretations without critical engagement, but rather insist on the courage required to claim personal theological truths as humanity builds our relationship with God.

God:
By enmeshing God with you, and all the rest of creation, dear reader, the result may seem unfavorable because it fuses God with the less desirable and even cruel aspects of the world. While this is true, I maintain only an ambiguous God can be deemed critically plausible, as well as empirically and metaphorically greatest in scale - and thus worthy of worship. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Death confrontation

This Lenten season is thrusting death in my face.
Bring it on.

This is how i know i am alive.
This is how I love.

Come death, let's walk together

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pantheism

I affirm the concept of pantheism, whereas the size of God is not relocated to a supernatural or transrational realm, but rather is embodied in the magnitude of all creation. While our ancestors separated the world and God, shrinking God to a supernatural realm, I would argue the totality of reality (mental, physical, and spiritual) is God. This may have been seen once as a shrinking of God’s magnitude, thanks to modern science we know our temporal realm includes areas unavailable to our understanding and interaction, such as light spectrums not visible with the human eye and a multiverse of existence as established by String Theory. What is “real” is more immense than we’ve ever imagined, and nothing more glorious could be called God. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Lent 2017

Starting it a day and a half after ash Wednesday. It could be attributed to a rough week of a cold and some sleep regression issues with the toddler, but I feel like I didn't need ash Wednesday to remind me of my mortality. I've been wrestling with a deep awareness of mortality for about a year now.

Last year started with a blessed death of a beloved congregant. But that summer was filled with emersion into many terribly difficult and unexpected deaths. The fall experience turned back toward the academic with insights into a constructed theological model featuring the death of God.

The blessing of death should remind us of the importance in each living moment. Easter is the big moment I am building toward in a year, but what if it is not assured? Perhaps that is the gift of Easter, not transcendence of death, but the promise of something more than only death for our lives. In this way, death loses its power to restrain the evolutionary instinct of self-preservation which holds species back from taking innovative leaps.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy National African American History Month




I noticed on the Black History Month page on history.com, it mentions Frederick Douglass -whose birthday is in February- as one of the reasons why Black History Month is in February.

I wonder if a Trump assistant just went to History.com to find a prominent figure for BHM to put in Trump's speech for him to mention (as though Trump knows and cares about BHM).

This is Frederick Douglass. The good lookin' reformer of the latter half of the 1800's. Writer and orator who spoke truth to power and gave voice to the voiceless.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

You Can't Get Blood from a Stone


Now here's an article worth reading:


CLICK HERE


Here are some highlights:


"It’s a simple charge of hypocrisy, and it’s very stupid. Why is it very stupid? Because it presupposes that the original complaint was made in good faith, based on some kind of principle, and wasn’t just the ill-informed braying of a jackass mob."


"—If pro-lifers think the life of the fetus is so valuable, why do they have total disdain for those who suffer once they’re actually born?"

"Hypocritical Christians in America don’t actually worship Jesus; they worship America, and even then, it’s a very specific, self-centered idea of America. Pro-lifers don’t possess universal kindness for the human race; they have one pet issue, and everyone and everything else can go screw (including the planet)."

"There’s an argument to be made that illustrating the duplicity will help win over those in the middle, or those who were previously apathetic, but there’s a right and wrong way to execute that strategy. The wrong way is what we see above—presenting the contradictions to the yahoos as though they haven’t been totally brainwashed into a state of post-truth, and will have a beautiful come-to-Jesus moment if we just whine at them long enough. "


"Go to the people you need to convince—the ones who aren’t willing to resort to any dirty trick—and say “look, these people are liars. Everything they say, and everything they do, is a lie.” Ignore the liars themselves; you’ll have better luck getting blood from a stone. Go to the people who retain a shred of humanity, make your case, and pray that there are enough of them left to tilt the balance."


The question then becomes, are there enough undecided or swing voters out there?



CandidateVote TotalPercentage (of voters)
Hillary Clinton65,844,61048.1
Donald Drumpf62,979,63646.0
The Elections Project notes that there were 251,107,404 people who classify as members of the voting-age population, therefore 115,449,897 of the voting-age population (or 46.3 percent of the total population eligible) did not vote.

This means, not a single Drumpf or HRC supporter would need to change their mind. 

We do not need to argue. We need to make people believe their vote matters and give them a candidate that represents their needs, not the needs of the wealthy. 

Midterms are coming up sooner than you think. 

#getoutthevote2018

Aeropagus Now

(click for video) Preaching at  Hazel Park Congregational United Church of Christ Acts 7: 22-31 & Psalms 66