the gift of one’s full self – their presence –
may be the most powerful gift they could offer.

on syrian refugees.

mjkimpan  —  November 20, 2015 — Leave a comment


in the aftermath of the ISIS attacks in paris and elsewhere last week, much has been written regarding immigration, national security and refugees – in particular syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country – and not all of it has been terribly encouraging.

just yesterday, the republican-led house of representatives passed a bill – despite promises of a veto by president obama – to suspend the admission of some 10,000 syrian refugees and then making additional stipulations for screening that have been called both ‘impractical and impossible’.

apart from the new legislation, every single republican candidate for president has come out against accepting syrian refugees. GOP presidential front runner donald trump upped the ante, making remarks reminiscent of the uprising of nazi germany by suggesting that he supports an effort to force american muslims to register themselves in a tracking database. ben carson compared syrian immigrants to ‘rabid dogs‘ and mike huckabee compared them to spoiled milk from chipotle, while fellow candidates ted cruz and jeb bush suggested that national immigration services accept ‘only christians‘ from syria and iraq – but not muslims.

but how would we know who the christians are?

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practice a path of peace,
joy and understanding.

this leads us to the way of love.


mjkimpan  —  November 13, 2015 — 2 Comments


remember when i announced that i had a book dealthat was pretty exciting…and i worked diligently to produce a manuscript i hoped would accomplish a number of things.

the purpose of the book was to serve as a guide for pastors of conservative to moderate american evangelical churches – helping them navigate better the cultural conversations and practical implications in responding to questions at the intersection of faith, gender and sexuality. the publisher wanted pragmatic advice and ‘an expert opinion’ on ways in which churches could reduce the stigmatization of LGBTQ people in their rhetoric and practice while maintaining the ‘traditional view’ of marriage – a cultural construct to be sure, yet one which is held as sacred within many religious groups – that God’s intent for sex and marriage is between one man and one woman, for life.
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truly ancient wisdom – love and defer to another, always. to tell someone how to live their life is to rob them of its joy.


earlier this week, i outed myself as an evangelical – though progressive i may be.

and while i’m quite comfortable donning the label, there are admittedly more than just a few things i’d like to see change in existing communities of faith that also identify as followers of jesus.

but some traditions run deep within the subculture of christianity.

i’ve skirted around the edges of tipping over some of our sacred cows before – namely, questioning the primary place of the sermon in community gatherings which feeds our addiction to answers and the inherent exclusivity and elitism found in the current expression of church membership – but don’t worry…it’s nothing that crazy.

i just want to mess with communion a little bit.

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all that is not beautiful and good
finds its genesis
in the narratives of pride and shame.

yes, i’m an evangelical.

mjkimpan  —  November 9, 2015 — 3 Comments



some who know me well may consider that claim inconceivable.

though i’ve previously outlined my rather vanilla set of ‘orthodox’ beliefs, the way i talk when i talk about God and the bible and jesus and the cosmos and just about everything else leads most folks to assume i’m not really an Evangelical Christian at all.
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day 5.

mjkimpan  —  November 6, 2015 — 4 Comments


this post is part of my RLC wake up writing – you can sign up for these quick-read devotionals on their website.

for even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’ – mark 10:45

‘Sometimes we think that we are superior to others – perhaps more educated or intelligent. Seeing an uneducated person, a feeling of disdain may arise, but this attitude does not help anyone. Our knowledge is relative and limited. An orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell. Compared with this kind of knowledge, our knowledge is not worth boasting about, even if we have a PhD.’

— thich nhat hanh, Present Moment Wondeful Moment

practice meekness and humility today. whenever we catch ourselves attempting to ‘look good’ or raise ourselves above someone else, let’s reframe our thinking and lift up others.

i’d love to hear from my readers the stories that come as a result of this action. if you’d like, feel free to share it with the rest of us in the comment section.

day 4.

mjkimpan  —  November 5, 2015 — 1 Comment



this post is part of my RLC wake up writing – you can sign up for these quick-read devotionals on their website.

‘behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people…’ – luke 2:10

our current human existence is filled to the brim with bad news – wars and rumors of wars, inequality, poverty, et cetera – the earthquakes of injustice shake the foundation of our nation. yet even in suffering there are glimmers of hope, stories of good news – communities joining together to protect the vulnerable; to provide for the needy; to be present in pain.

even this is glimpse of the kingdom of God on earth, and that’s good news for everyone.

let’s be bearers of good news. may we seek to find the beauty in all things we see and hear today, and participate with the spirit of God in helping bring love and light into our interactions with all people.

i’d love to hear from my readers the stories that come as a result of this action. if you’d like, feel free to share it with the rest of us in the comment section.