‘capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.’

— alphonse capone

train wreck.

mjkimpan  —  October 14, 2016 — Leave a comment

i’d LOVE for my christian friends somehow still supporting donald trump to explain how they’ve missed the irony in the above political cartoon.

it’s calling you a hypocrite.

many can’t seem to differentiate between Trump’s consistent obscene and criminal behavior toward countless women on the one hand; and his opponent’s fighting for her marriage after her husband betrayed her trust with a white house intern.

besides the fact that bill clinton’s sexual escapades are essentially irrelevant as he isn’t the clinton who is running for office (yes, i expect one day their daughter will also attempt to save US from ourselves) – Hillary Clinton is running against Donald Trump, in case you didn’t get the memo… Continue Reading…

‘two Teachings, very simple. be Humble, and be Grateful. everything else works itself out from there.’

— a new friend and great Teacher,
muhammad ahmad ullah

always learning.

mjkimpan  —  October 11, 2016 — Leave a comment

ncod

i originally wrote this post three years ago, but share it again today… Continue Reading…

‘i don’t go around fire expecting not to sweat.’

— Lil Wayne

busy week.

mjkimpan  —  September 28, 2016 — Leave a comment

getshitdone

it’s going to be a busy week…time to get. shit. done.

of course, just before the weekend, OPEN announced our OPEN Faith conference website went LIVE – openfaith2016.org – reflecting countless hours of work and years of building and investing in relationships built around the country amongst our rapidly expanding network of friends – each of us interested in exploring just and generous ways of being christian and living a life defined by Love.

this is going to be one hell of a conference.

the number of people involved in ‘pulling off’ that event with a shoestring budget is nothing short of inspiring – i’m humbled to be counted among them (seriously, check out the site. poke around. kick its tires. if you’re interested at all in progressive christianity and where it’s headed – this is an event you won’t want to miss – especially if you grew up evangelical).

part of that, of course, means that there are a few last-minute, loose ends to tie up – one of those being an amazing opportunity to visit with father richard rohr at the center for action and contemplation, and capture an interview for his own contribution of exclusive content at OPEN Faith.

richard

that’s wednesday.

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‘all that is beautiful leads is to God. because God is good, God is beautiful. God is true.’

— pope francis

beast mode.

mjkimpan  —  September 25, 2016 — Leave a comment

beastmode

i love it when brian mclaren gets like this – he’s in total beast mode – most recently laying down his top 10 reasons he’s had to part company with what he dubs the Conservative Evangelical Project (if that doesn’t your interest, then what if i told you they include donald trump and katy perry – interested now?).

upon the release of his new book The Great Spiritual Migration, his national book tour is making national news – again, and again, and even received commendation from malcom gladwell.

welcome back from sabbatical, brian.

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‘when a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.’
— nelson mandela

watching.

mjkimpan  —  September 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

watching

are you constantly watching and reading the news? i can’t stop.

i must admit i’ve always been a bit of a news junkie… just one of many vices i’ve learned to live with over the years.

i keep most of them in check, most of the time. really. you’d be surprised.

yet despite my most valiant efforts, i’ve not been able to ignore the recent saturation of political coverage following the GOP and DNC conventions, nor the steady decline in the emotional and intellectual integrity of much of our political discourse this election cycle.

what we’re witnessing has never before been seen in the history of american presidential politics.

this to be seems true not just on mainstream media, but in our online conversations as well. a markedly divided america is gearing up for the november election, and the contrast between the two candidates of the country’s major political parties and their vastly different visions for the future have created an environment of unprecedented agitation and aggression amongst their supporters.

there is an unusual frenzy around the upcoming presidential debates  – it’s expected they’ll bring the largest international television viewing audience in history.

i know i’ll be watching.

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