Jesus’ Mom was a Punk – Redux!

Via Roger Wolsey
on Dec 20, 2011
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Jesus’ Mom was a Punk.

Revisiting one of our most popular posts last December (nearly 5,000 clicks!). It’s interesting to observe that Time Magazine’s Person of the Year this year is “The Protester.” Here’s an article that celebrates one of the first:

…A punk rock band should do a song based on Mary’s “Magnificat”

(Luke 1:46-55).

Knocked-up, teen-aged Mary was the first punk singer and the first rock & roller. When she learned that she would bear the Christ-child, she sang a song. It was a song of praise. And it was a song of protest and rebellion. She celebrates that God is about to do something new in the world.

She was celebrating that God was about to turn the world upside-down, knock the wealthy oppressors off their pedestals, lift up those who’ve been oppressed, and usher-in a new reign of social justice and reconciliation.

Here are the words to that song…  (<— click to see the rest of the article)

** special bonus pieces (new for this year):

“The first Christmas carol was not some syrupy sweet incarnational tune. It was a revolutionary song about the mighty being thrown out of power, the poor being fed and the lowly being lifted up. Luke places this song on Mary’s lips just before Jesus is born. Who knows better what the real meaning of the birth of Jesus is than his mother?”

And here’s a poem that I wrote that perhaps captures some of the original radicality of Mary’s rebellious song, “adventus absurdus.”

“Mary” Rock’n Christmas everyone!


Wolsey is the author of Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity he is also an active member of The Christian Left facebook page, and blogs for Patheos, Huffington Post, and Elephant Journal. He’s a skin-head for Jesus (surely the good Rev. can take a chuckle ; ).


About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity


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