Part Two of The Becoming Christ: Is The Church Wrong?

This is part two of a series of contemplation on The Becoming Christ. These are meant as rough drafts and any corrections, criticisms, and otherwise sound advice is more than appreciated. In this post, I briefly highlight the problem of authority and issues that arise from the history of Christianity when adopting more modern progressive view on things such as gay identity, gender, and feminism. I am sure there will be a revision down the road. Enjoy. 

Part One of The Becoming Christ: Thoughts on Queers, Transgender, Feminism, and The Bible.

This is part one of a series of contemplations on The Becoming Christ. These are meant as rough drafts and any corrections, criticisms, and otherwise sound advice is more than appreciated. Especailly since I wrote this rather quickly. ;)

Portugal. The Man's song, Modern Jesus, begins to get at the problem of our outdated theology concerning the atonement.

Portugal. The Man's song, Modern Jesus, begins to get at the problem of our outdated theology concerning the atonement. Simply put, the modern person does not feel guilt. Not as an individual anyway. Occasionally guilt is applied to other people by the modern individual, but only in the most outrages of circumstances (for example, a ceo who says he is too tired to continue with a press conference about how his company had poisoned the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of people.

Texting Turns to Sexting Turns to Jesting: A Boy Named Diamond

Back in May of 2009, I was cleaning and organizing a Professor's office and recieved a text message from an unknown number. As the gangsta' I am, I rolled with it. What follows is the exact transcript of my intereaction via text with one named Diamond. This really, really, really did happen and is one of three things in my life I can confidently claim I played it out right.


Unknown Text Message: Whatcha doing red? Speak on it k


B$: Red? You must have the wrong number. This is B$


How Vincent Van Gogh Saw The Church (at Auvers)

This Same combination of intense expression and reasoned equilibrium is evident in his painting of the local church, which he rendered in cold tones of grayish white, the ribs of its roof looking like a bleached bones, the windows of its central tower like black holes. It seems significant that he chose to depict not the front of the church, the welcoming entrance of its main portal, but rather the closed, impenetrable back of the building surrounded by a ring of shadows. The tall windows of the apse are dark and uninviting, the road splits before the vacant looking structure to circumvent it, and the great expanse of dark, cobalt-blue sky invests the scene with a note of intense melancholy. Vincent's imagery seems to suggest that for him, the institutionalized church was empty a whited sepulcher, a place of no hope, no consolation. Yet he counters the sense of despair he has conjured up by locking the church into a symmetrically ordered setting and by offsetting the desolate colors of sky and building with the yellows and golden greens of the sunny grass, the warm ochers and browns of the sandy path, "with the pink glow of sunshine one it," and the bright touches of red in the roofs. again the creation of an aesthetic order and balance enabled him to control and communicate sensations which were perhaps too painful to endure otherwise.1

Review: The Act of Killing


It doesn’t matter that Cathy was what I have called a monster. Perhaps we can’t understand Cathy, but on the other hand we are capable of many things in all directions, of great virtues and great sins. And who in his mind has not probed the black water? Maybe we all have in us a secret pond where evil and ugly things germinate and grow strong.

But this culture is fenced, and the swimming brood climbs up only to fall back. Might it not be that in the dark pools of some men the evil grows strong enough to wriggle over the fence and swim free? Would not such a man be our monster, and are we not related to him in our hidden water? It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them. 

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

I know a man in jail for killing another man. I suppose if you consider all your old High Schoolmates, you will know, at the very least, a rapist or child molester. But what I wanted to highlight is that the man who I know is a convicted killer was quite nice to me in High School, and he was thoughtful, and charitable.

Sleeping Kings: Jesus Christ, King Arthur, and Tupac Shakur

I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death


My young mind had limited martyrdom to those brothers and sisters in the hood who had fallen victim to gang retaliation and stray bullets. Jesus didn’t fit that equation. As far as I knew, he didn’t know those struggles nor what it meant to try to “make a dollar out of 15 cents.” Jesus was absolutely foreign to me and seeing the “Makaveli” cover art - which depicted Pac hanging from a wooden cross- may have been the first time that I saw a crucifixion portrayal that I could relate to.

--Rahiel Tesfamariam2


Attended Seabrooke Mooney's memorial.

Because she lived in Denver, I didn’t get to see her that much.

I took this photo on March 15th, 2010, when I was driving through Colorado. It’s the last time we saw each other. We were laid out on the roof of her apartment soaking up some sun. We didn’t talk much because we didn’t need to. There was nothing special about this moment other than us.

Facebook status from the day I found out about her death:


Went out with a friend last night to a meetup. Had a good time. Met some nice people. I love group settings where I don't know anyone. It's where I experience my flow (1), and I am currently trying to increase how often I get to experience my flow. Meetups from reddit and are going to become a weekly thing I think.

I moved my dev site off the server in my room so I could start developing drupal and bootstrap theme on panteon. It is a nice company and you should use it if you do drupal things as a business.

Currently, I am researching Macklamore on 

Two Guys One Bike

Does Skinny Taste Good?







This really happened. Please tell your children that skinny does not taste good.

Artie's Holy Spirit Dance