under the radar.

mjkimpan  —  April 29, 2016 — Leave a comment

radar

for the past twelve months, i’ve purposefully flown ‘under the radar’ on social media and here on my personal blog (many of you have taken notice that the traditionally prolific nature of my public writing, speaking and tweeting has decreased over the past year – which has led a number of folks to wonder if i’m actually being productive anymore.

some folks have literally messaged me asking if i’m still alright, or if i’m working – and what in the world i’m working on.

and of course i am – i’ve been flying under the radar.

but as i said to my friend only yesterday – just because you’re flying under the radar doesn’t mean that you’re not still moving.

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‘what you seek is seeking you.’
– rumi

the humanity of the christ.

mjkimpan  —  February 21, 2016 — 9 Comments

God-man.

‘We have always found Jesus easier to worship than to follow. Veneration of great people requires less than imitation. Jesus said, ‘Follow me’ not ‘Hallow me.’

these are the words of my friend stan mitchell, who is admittedly on a Facebook status update roll (friend and/or follow stan here). he leads a church in nashville, TN called GracePointe and – lest you believe stan stands alone – is part of a growing movement of outspoken progressive evangelical individuals, organizations and communities of faith coalescing around a broader effort known as OPEN. so am i.

truth be told, increasing numbers of us who grew up in an evangelical, non-denominational or free-church tradition are coming to terms with the fact that the version of christianity that we grew up with is less than good news.

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not every moment is beautiful and good, but there is good and beauty in every moment.

seek it, and you will find it.

then seek it out more.

hijab

 

today, my friend david gushee wrote an interesting and insightful article on the drama happening at Wheaton College – the esteemed evangelical academic institution which is making headlines as they continue the process of firing their first-ever tenured black female professor.

the reason?

first, dr. larycia hawkins wore a hijab – the traditional head covering worn by many muslim women. then, she was accused of violating its doctrinal statement because she wrote a Facebook post quoting pope francis which said that christians and muslims ‘worship the same God.’ hawkins told CNN the school offered her a ‘best case scenario’ to return to the college which ‘included two years of multi-layered, ongoing conversation about the theological implications of [her] Facebook post and [her] actions in wearing the hijab. For those two years, tenure would be revoked and restoration of tenure an open question at the conclusion of that period.’

in my opinion, standing in solidarity with muslims by saying they worship the same God as christians do is more of a historical than a theological statement – and it’s factual. YHVH God is, historically, the God of abraham. different interpretations (or, one could more accurately state evolutions of understanding) of that God are expressed through each of the abrahamic faiths – judaism, christianity… and islam.

for an evangelical academic institution to deny this is to show themselves either intellectually dishonest or intentionally ignorant of the history of our faith.

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if the grace you extend comes with a ‘but’ at the end, it isn’t grace; it’s condemnation.

top 10 of 2015.

mjkimpan  —  December 31, 2015 — Leave a comment

top102015

 

since the beginning of this blog, i’ve posted an annual ‘best posts of the past year’ which was based on which ones had been shared the most via social media, or had the most comments (here’s the top ten of 2013 and 2014).

seeing as today is the even of a new year, that’s this post; however, instead of linking my most popular posts from 2015, i’ve chosen to link those i believe to be the most important.

so without further ado, here’s my top ten from 2015 (with a bit of a teaser from each of them) ::

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seek to see and celebrate the beauty of the divine image in every person
you come into contact with.

nationalinsecurity

if you follow my facebook feed, you’ll know that leading up to this holiday season i spent some time defending my counter-cultural suggestion that since the jesus of the gospel narratives is quite clearly against killing people, folks who claim to follow him ought to be as well.

some folks disagreed.

though it’s not the first time an impassioned disagreement has taken place in my world, i was surprised that the most vitriolic – sometimes even violent – responses came not due to my previous suggestions that the gospel is far better news than what we learned in church; or that the family of God expands beyond the walls of religion; or even that accepting syrian refugees and muslim immigrants is a christ-followers’ ethical and moral responsibility; but the assertion that christians shouldn’t kill people.

ever.

i don’t say so lightly. such an assertion flies in the face of the faith and family in which i  was raised – and not just because we used to sing, ‘onward christian soldier, marching off to war…’ during children’s church.

for me, it started on the day i was born.

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living as jesus lived and loving as he loved brings the kingdom of God here, and now.