lament like hell for the living

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. -Habakkuk 1:2-3 Maybe it’s the heat, or perhaps it’s becauseContinue reading “lament like hell for the living”

hope is not fantasy

This week I picked up Keywords of Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle and it has been a treat. Since each chapter is around four or five pages long, I’ve been using it as a radical daily devotional. This is from the chapter on hope: Hope is not fantasy, faith, optimism, or wish, but ratherContinue reading “hope is not fantasy”

bft’s reading, listening, & watching list (8.7.16)

It’s the beginning of another week and so it’s time for the reading/watching/listening list of black flag theology! Enjoy! Article 71 Years Ago Today, The US Govt Carried Out One of the Worst Terrorist Acts in the History of the World The attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were horrendous. Hundreds of thousands dead in anContinue reading “bft’s reading, listening, & watching list (8.7.16)”

theology, the future, and pop culture

The abstract for my paper, “The Eschatological Lens of Saga,” has been accepted at the Mid-Atlantic Pop and American Culture Conference in November. I’ve been so excited for it that I even started to re-read one of my sources for the paper, Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology of Hope. One quote struck me tonight, it reads, “TheologicalContinue reading “theology, the future, and pop culture”

bft’s reading,listening,&watching list

Here’s my weekly list of things I thought were interesting enough to share. Enjoy! Podcast Radiolab’s “From Tree to Shining Tree” “Mutual Aid at its finest” would probably be a better title. This episode is about how forests have setup a network of care and communication through fungi. A must listen for those in needContinue reading “bft’s reading,listening,&watching list”

rev. barber and the heart of democracy

For the past two years, I’ve gone to North Carolina to attend the Historic Thousands on Jones Street with Rev. Dr. William Barber II and the Moral Mondays Movement.  I’ve been awe-inspiried the several times I’ve met Rev. Barber. I’m glad last night a much wider audience has been able to experience the presence andContinue reading “rev. barber and the heart of democracy”

frantz fanon, #blacklivesmatter, and american exceptionalism

In my bedroom hangs a poster with the first and last chapter of Frantz Fanon’s book, The Wretched of the Earth. I received it as a gift after seeing the film, Concerning Violence, which I cannot recommend enough. As I looked at it again today, I was struck by these words, “Two centuries ago, a formerContinue reading “frantz fanon, #blacklivesmatter, and american exceptionalism”

politicizing villains

How many super hero movies do we need to make before Americans recognize Trump as a super villain? — Rachelle Goguen (@rachellegoguen) July 27, 2016 I retweeted this so fast without thinking it through. If we lived in a world of superheroes and supervillains, I think it would be more like The Watchmen than the world ofContinue reading “politicizing villains”

poetry for the election season

“And” by Robert Fernandez  Give us water and food to pursue our tasks.  Help us not become wards of the state,  impoverished, homeless, destitute, crushed  under the heel, buried in systems, imprisoned,  dead, hospitalized. We die die die. Our dogs  will not walk themselves after we go. Our bodies  will not burn themselves after weContinue reading “poetry for the election season”