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Feb
24
2013

Scandalizing Jesus: Discipleship, Allegiance, and Olivia Pope

Scandal is the latest show I've started watching since binge-watching House of Cards and reaching grief-stage 5. The show revolves around professional "fixer" Olivia Pope (played by the gorgeous Kerry Washington). A fixer is a crisis manager, an expert in public relations and the law. Pope's character is loosely based on real-life person Judy Smith, who represented figures like Monica Lewinsky and worked as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary in George W. Bush's administration. What might distinguish Smith from the Pope character in Scandal, is that Pope is herself deeply-embedded in scandals—which simultaneously make her desperate to hide her own secrets and gives her leverage by hiding others'.

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Feb
19
2013

When I Met a Prophet: A Personal Reflection on the Legacy and Impact of Dr. Richard Twiss's Life

 
On February 9th, 2013, Dr. Richard Leo Twiss (Taoyato Obnajin "He Stands with His People") went to be with Creator, after suffering a major heart attack and spending several days in critical condition. He was only 58 years old. In his final days he was surrounded by his immediate family, his wife and his four sons, who all loved him dearly. Though Dr. Twiss is no longer with us in his first body, he remains with us in spirit.

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Feb
12
2013

Midwinter 2013: Mission Friends—The New Class

This past week, I had the honor and privilege of attending my third "Midwinter," the annual gathering of the Evangelical Covenant Church's clergy and friends for mutual support, fellowship, worship, equipping, renewal, and rest. Midwinter is usually held in Chicago (where the ECC is headquartered), but every third year the Covenant holds it somewhere else. This year it was in San Diego! But the weather wasn't all that San Diego-like. Mostly, the weather was chilly and rainy.

Nevertheless, the time spent in San Diego with Covenanters and friends was amazing! So many highlights, I'm not sure I'll be able to list them all, but I'm going to try.

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Feb
03
2013

Ask a Pacifist FAQs - Hitler and Home Invasion

Since I'm a Jesus-disciple, I'm committed to Jesus's nonviolent Way. Since Jesus's nonviolent Way is not typical in Americanized Christianity, I naturally get asked a lot of questions—often the same few questions. What follows are a few responses I've given lately to two of the questions I'm asked most frequently.

1. What should Christians have done during WWII? (a.k.a. "The Hitler Question")

As far as WWII goes, I think two of the biggest fallacies out there are: 1) Bonhoeffer abandoned pacifism when he resorted to violence; and 2) War was the only possible way to stop Hitler from killing all the Jews and taking over the world.

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Feb
01
2013

Daddy Issues (Part 1?)

I'm leaving the door open for this to become a series of posts. But for now, I'm just recapping where I'm at now in my journey in meeting my biological father.
 
Next week I'll be in San Diego for the first time since my mother moved us to Illinois, where she was from, before I was old enough to remember. I was born in San Diego, as the result of a fling my mom had with her married doctor. She couldn't go through with the abortion, so here I am. I don't know if he knows I exist, or if he cares. But since I had his name, profession, location and age-range, I was able to track him down with relative ease just by Googling him.

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Jan
29
2013

Browncoats and Bibles: Prophetic Misbehavin' in the Whedony 'Verse of Firefly

SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN FIREFLY OR SERENITY, BE FOREWARNED

'No Power in the 'Verse…' — The Whedony World of Firefly/Serenity

Joss Whedon is perhaps best known for his work in such cult franchises as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog. But many fans also recognize him as the visionary creator of the short-lived but loved Firefly series and Serenity movie. The futuristic " 'verse" Whedon imagines for the Firefly series and Serenity is both surprisingly unique and strangely familiar. Set some 500 years in the future, the galaxy is both a multicultural, technologically-advanced, Star Wars-esque network of planets, while also including many back-woods, folksy worlds at the outer edges that appear to be direct from a Wild West 'shoot-em-up' movie. Whedon's world isn't populated by innumerable alien species as is the Star Wars universe. Instead, it entails an interesting amalgamation of Eastern and Western human cultures. Far from the latent Euro-American-centric (White) culture of both the Star Wars and Star Trek series, inhabitants of the Firefly 'verse speak almost as much Mandarin as English. Urban centers look more like Bangkok than New York. But white people still seem to run things, as evinced by the complexion of all the villains and shadowy government-type folks who relentlessly pursue Serenity (save one extraordinary black assassin). Buddhism appears to be dominant religion, most of the swearing is done in Chinese, and everyone who isn't a Fed talks like Huckleberry Finn. One of the more interesting slang words is "shiny," which replaces "cool."

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Jan
28
2013

The Jesus Way: A Review of _One Church, Many Tribes_ by Richard Twiss

One Church, Many Tribes: Following Jesus the Way God Made You

Author: Richard Twiss (Taoyato Obnajin "He Stands with His People")
Paperback: 213 pages
Publisher: Regal Books 2000
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-8307254-5-8
 
 

About the Author

Dr. Richard Twiss (Taoyato Obnajin "He Stands with His People") is a Native North American Postcolonial theologian and minister. He pastored in a local church for over 13 years and has served the Church in North America and around the world in many capacities. It is possible his most unique and lasting ministry has been his efforts over the last few decades to strengthen, facilitate, and ignite authentic, Indigenous expressions of Christianity around the world. In this effort, he has written at least two books, the first of which is reviewed in the following. His second book is self-published and titled Rescuing Theology from the Cowboys (Twiss 2012). To understand Dr. Twiss and the perspective he brings to Christian theology, one must understand the plight of his people: Native North Americans. In hearing their stories, those of us not of Native ancestry gain a more fully-orbed picture of the God revealed in Jesus.

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Jan
18
2013

Honor Dr. King by Not Making Him an Idol

Empire and Idolatry

When you consider that during the height of the Civil Rights movement, the federal government was extremely suspicious of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., having him surveilled around the clock for anti-government activity, it might strike a person as odd that he today has a national holiday and a memorial in Washington D.C. in his honor. This, however, is actually to be expected. When we human beings follow the pattern of this world (set by Satan and the fallen powers) we seek power over any movement that threatens our self-centered way of life. We tend to resist radical change until we have no other appealing alternatives. So we tune out much of Dr. King's radical message, informed by his Christian faith, because it cuts directly to the heart of our self-centered ways. 
 
So, how can the federal government acknowledge this great leader and the movement he led without actually putting into practice the way of life he preached? Easy: They give him a holiday and a statue.

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Jan
16
2013

Abusing the Bible: Why Jesus Hates Oaths of Office

Presidents since the birth of the United States republic have been sworn into office on a Bible. (Not all presidents, but many.) George Washington is said to have kissed the Bible after reciting his oath. Also, many presidents have added to the end of the oath "So help me God."

Is this the proper usage of the Bible, according to the Bible? What are the implications of this practice? And most importantly, What does Jesus have to say about oaths that his disciples should know so they can follow his Way?

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Jan
14
2013

"The Bible" Mini-series on History Channel

The History Channel will air a 10-hour mini-series called "The Bible" produced by Survivor and The Voice producer Mark Burnett. Below is the official trailer:

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Theological Graffiti is a blog written by T. C. Moore @tc_moore ...a Jesus-disciple, husband, father, Associate Pastor @NewCityChurch of Los Angeles, sometimes web designer, writer, and theology geek. For more about me, visit my Personal Website or my Online Profile. Otherwise, enjoy the graffiti.

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