The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace?” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” – John 2:13-19 (NRSV)
Gathering a following of working class fishermen and people with disabilities the Middle Eastern God-peasant the Gospel of John portrays just a few stories into the narrative heads to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and starts a riot. With his homemade whip, Jesus aggressively threatens the money changers, flips over their tables of sellable goods, throws their coins all over the Temple, and releases the commodified animals from their cages.
Fast forward 2000 years and we have a similar story with a very different reaction from the supposed followers of Jesus today. In the early hours of the morning before their Sunday service on the fourth of September 2016 Christian Anarchists smashed the windows of a Starbucks inside 12 Stone Church in Atlanta Georgia (for the second time that year), leaving hundreds of signed letters of resistance to their absurd mixture of Capitalism and Christianity. “We acted this way in accordance with Jesus’ example of driving the businessmen out of the temple…We implore you to reject buying and selling in our places of worship, and to ‘take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a pace of business!’ as Jesus commanded.” (Anonymous 2016) Continue reading Anarchism: The Jesus Way
Evangelicals running around with book tours and t-shirts promoting their blogs about how they once were straight but saw the light and are now queer, make me want to vomit…but only because they do so parading God and their new found theology as if it’s any better than the one before. I hate to break it to you but it’s not. It sucks. It’s just imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchal theology, to borrow some of Bell Hooks’ words.
Here’s an example: a female pastor from San Francisco at City Church named Laura Turner wrote this article for Esquire. It’s got a catchy title, I‘m Evangelical, My Church Welcomes Gays, and I’m Not Voting for Trump, and some great points so it’s been going viral.
Continue reading Leave Your Evangelical LGBT Welcoming Church
This essay is from a larger draft I am working on.
On February 14, 1990 NASA engineers turned the Voyager 1 spacecraft back toward our home planet for one last look. Approximately 4 billion miles away and 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, Earth can be seen floating off in the distance as an infinitesimal point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixels in size. It was this picture that astrophysicist Carl Sagan made famous, he saw the pale blue dot and reminded us,
Continue reading Make Every Day Earth Day
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.
Giant American flags were waving across the stage;
soldiers with fake guns came marching one by one into the building,
the children’s ministry came adorned with red, white, and blue ribbons of celebration. Hundreds of voices sang the Marine core anthem at the tops of their lungs. It was at Van Dyke United Methodist Church, in Lutz FL, where my best friend Morgan Clark and I were working. It was our 11am worship service and while everyone else stood to sing our many national anthems
Continue reading Sermon: Make America Great Again
In what will go down as “The Great Starbucks Cup Controversy of 2015,” a video posted on Facebook that went viral with millions of viewers, it was a man attacking Starbucks for its decision to remove holiday symbols from their cups.
Joining the video in its attack, Republican presidential nominee and reality TV star, Donald Trump was quick to rally a crowd of thousands,
“Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks…maybe we should boycott Starbucks!”
Continue reading Keeping the Christ in Christmas, or something
Ave Ave Ave Maria!
Hail Hail Hail Mary!
“I am 21 years old. My name is Danielle Vaughan I got pregnant at the age of 14; I was in 8th grade. I did graduate high school, but it was extremely tough! I did not pursue my dream at a four-year university out of fear that my daughter would feel abandoned. I work hard in dead end jobs, while attending online courses, living paycheck to paycheck. I was luckier than most, I received large amounts of support from my mother and my grandmother. Eventually, my luck ran thin and I had to move out on my own, with my daughter. It’s been she and I ever since!
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I’ve been obsessed with the subject of religion for about 8 years now and have committed myself to studying not only the Christian faith but also other Wisdom Traditions that offer a glimpse into the Great Mystery. I will soon be working on my PhD in Process Philosophy and will continue this geeky journey of religious studies for the rest of my adult life.
I’ve been enamored with the study of entheogens (psychedelic drugs often used in Shamanistic rituals), higher states of consciousness, Gaia theory, the ecological crisis, and other strange hippy-sounding ideas that are best discussed over marijuana.
Continue reading Just Be Kind