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what would it be like if we actually lived like jesus?

controversial.

mjkimpan  —  June 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

heshejesus

this is controversial.

today, artist/blogger nakedpastor (david hayward) created a piece titled, ‘new Christ icon: “Neither” … neither male nor female’

the artwork is based upon st. paul’s exclamation in galatians 3:28 ::

‘there is neither jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in christ jesus’

the artist acknowledges that jesus was clearly a male – and as one commenter on his site suggested,

David is not trying to say Jesus was hermaphroditic. Jesus fully represented God in all God’s qualities, hence displaying attributes both male and female. That was a radical concept then and now as a patriachal society did not like it’s presumptions challenged.’ 

still, there were others who found the image offensive, even heretical.

what about you? what do you think?

halfstack.

mjkimpan  —  June 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

halfstack

it was our team’s honor to be featured in HalfStack Magazine’s Summer 2014 Issue on Empowerment.

previous to the photoshoot shown above by alluring chicago and the magazine staff, i personally had the opportunity to do an extensive interview with the magazine’s editor, jennifer lezan.

below are some highlights from that interview and the article :: Continue Reading…

papal payroll?

mjkimpan  —  May 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

abrahamicthis blog was originally featured on The Marin Foundation’s patheos blog.

in recent posts on my personal blog, i’ve explored the ways in which provocative questions surrounding peaceful and productive interfaith dialogue can help lead christians toward acting like (i.e., following) jesus in new and exciting ways, rather than perpetuating the disturbing competition with and condemnation of those who follow other faith traditions. monumental in helping formulate any articulation of the importance of standing in solidarity with the so-called ‘Other’ is the work of brian mclaren – particularly his book Why Did Jesus, Mosess, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World and the subsequent significant conversations he and i shared in the aftermath of its release.

it seems to me that the trans-cultural and trans-generational principles adopted by The Marin Foundation in our work of building bridges between the LGBT and conservative communities parallel in many ways – and can perhaps even inform our moving forward in – many other conflicts between opposing worldviews. this may be particularly true in those areas in which faith and politics intersect.

one such area – and one with great need of peacemakers and bridge builders – is the Middle East.

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about me.

mjkimpan  —  May 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

aboutme

after working in the church for the last several years, i’m now partnering with my dear friend and colleague andrew marin in chicago – serving as the associate director at The Marin Foundation. it’s a perfect fit for my passions, experiences and desire to inspire thoughtful conversation and intentional movement toward reconciliation. 

to learn more about our work in elevating the conversation between conservative and progressive communities, click here.

i talk with a lot of people, read a lot of books and drink an ungodly amount of coffee and guinness.

the lessons from the journey of navigating the pain of my past and the challenges of restoring what’s been broken leave much for me to embrace and much for me to leave behind on the WayWard path of  learning to live and love like jesus.

i’m grateful for the friendships and communities of which i’ve been fortunate to be a part, and am continually in the process of learning, provoking, asking questions and challenging the status quo. i am convinced we can do better. my forthcoming (and first!) book Love Never Fails (IVP, march 2015), talks about this in regard to the cultural disconnect with evangelical churches and the gay community.

i’m energized by engaging in conversation with my readers, and look forward to hearing about your own journeys and challenges; figuring out how we can each walk alongside one another as we together learn to love well.

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about this blog.

mjkimpan  —  May 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

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for many years in the first century following the early followers of jesus were called followers of the Way. his Way is simple–to love God and to love others in the Way of jesus christ. yet in that journey, we often falter. we become rebellious, errant, disobedient, unruly, arrogant, and contradictory to the Way of jesus.

in short, we become WayWard. it is only through and by the grace of God that we can turn from our own ways and again follow his with a broken and contrite heart.

the WayWard follower blog exists not merely to inspire conversation around loving God and loving others in the Way of jesus christ…but to inspire movement.   through these writings and creative communication, i hope to inspire thoughtful conversation that creates intentional movement in building bridges between opposing worldviews in a peaceful and productive manner. in other words, i want reconciliation.

i want to encourage and be encouraged; to challenge and be challenged; to question and be questioned; to inspire and be inspired.

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(broken) jars of clay.

mjkimpan  —  April 30, 2014 — 9 Comments

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‘but we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always caring in the body the death of jesus, so that the life of jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. for we who live are always being given over to death for jesus’ sake, so that the life of jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh.’

– ii corinthians 4:7-11

sometimes i fear rather than being seen as jars of clay containing the treasure of the abundant life giving message of christ, many within the christian community instead look like a bunch of crack pots.

earlier this week, the frontman for the band Jars of Clay posed some good questions via his twitter feed about a christian response to the LGBTQ community – a move he later apologized for, acknowledging that the venue of 140 characters or less allowed for a misinterpretation of his intended queries. as his blogpost explained, the line of thought was prompted from dan haseline watching the film 12 Years a Slave on an international flight following his sitting on a panel which was pummeled with questions surrounding gay rights in australia. admittedly, he said, he hadn’t given the question much thought, even of his gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in the states.

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significant

in an earlier post, i mentioned brian mclaren. i’ve blogged a bit here and there about some of his thoughts, and extensively quoted his work ‘A New Kind of Christianity’ in my series on scripture here at the WayWard Follower. in many ways, that book literally changed my life – and saved my faith.

put bluntly – there is no other author, speaker, pastor or friend who has had a more significant influence on my spiritual development than has brian.

i was first given the opportunity to meet brian face to face as he was touring for his (at the time) most recent book, ‘Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? :: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World and had the privilege of sitting down with him afterwards. our discussion crossed over from inter-faith dialogue to the need for a more generous, gracious, hospitable approach to the church’s conversation with the LGBT community (this was mere months before i came to The Marin Foundation).

it was one of the most meaningful and significant conversations i’ve ever had.

it, in conjunction with spending two days later that same week with rob bell, led to me leaving the faith community i had grown to know and love and start out on a grand adventure. Continue Reading…

cloud(ing) judgment?

mjkimpan  —  April 16, 2014 — 2 Comments

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jesus. glory.

have you seen this yet? apparently at bethel church in redding, CA there are some… interesting things happening. like a ‘glory cloud’ defined by pastor bill johnson as the presence of God.

according to the pastor, these glory clouds are ‘hard to explain. it looks like smoke, looks like dust. and when you get closer… it looks like gold.’

here’s a compilation video of the glory cloud phenomena at the church ::

curious, that.

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noah? no, uh…

mjkimpan  —  April 11, 2014 — 13 Comments

hatersofthelostark

i might lose some more subscribers with this one.

have you seen the ‘noah’ movie yet? in its opening weekend, the poetic tale of genesis chapters 6-9 brought in $43.7 million, topping the box office. in just two weeks, it’s earned nearly $200 million.

some people didn’t like it (including the vatican),  offered detailed deconstructions of the film, and have quite a bit to say about it. others, like my friend tony jones, blogged about what an incredible film it was.

and yet others critiqued it on principle – seemingly without either seeing the film, or even re-reading their bibles.

comedian/provocateur jon stewart explains :: Continue Reading…

one talk.

mjkimpan  —  April 7, 2014 — 54 Comments

onetalk
at the beginning of the year, i mentioned here on the blog an incredible opportunity for youth workers to come be a part of an inaugural conference here in chicago. providing a safe and sacred place for progressive youth pastors and workers to plot, scheme and collude with one another, The Jopa Group and Fourth Presbyterian Church in chicago created the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference (you can join the facebook group here beginning monday, april 14). the diverse line-up of speakers gave voice to three themes, represented in each plenary session :: theology, sexuality and faith formation.

one of those talks was quite possibly the most raw, honest, vulnerable and powerful i’ve ever experienced.

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