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

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happy day of labor.

we continue our series on the gospel through the lyrics of DMB with a song popularized by the ‘dave and tim’ LIVE performance at luther college.

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we continue our series on an alternative look at the gospel through the lyrics of DMB with a fan favorite during each LIVE performance by the group. everyday has a simple yet deeply profound message – nearly as simple (and simultaneously entirely complicated) as the command of christ to love our neighbor.

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as i mentioned in the first post of this series :: earlier this month, i’ve been inspired by the daily sharing of poetry from a friend in the midst of the recent increase of violence and ‘bad news’ in the news – and find myself comforted, encouraged and challenged by the poetic musings of my own favorite musician, dave matthews.

and sharing is caring.

this is what he’s said about the song featured in today’s post on the gospel according to dave matthews, ‘drunken soldier’ which he wrote for his children:: Continue Reading…

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a continuation of the gospel according to dave matthews

preface :: in this series, i’m heavily relying upon the intuitiveness of our readers to shape the conversation; though i’ve got some (perhaps many?) thoughts and opinions about dave and his lyrics – and have been continually impressed over the years at the spiritual under/overtones of the band’s music – i’d prefer to allow folks to come to their own conclusions, and to drive the discussion. Continue Reading…

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earlier this month, my friend brian mclaren shared the following status update via social media ::

 

i must admit i’ve (once again) been inspired by his wisdom.

between what has been taking place in the news (gaza, the global ebola crisis, michael brown’s murder and the subsequent rioting [as well as ignorant and insensitive commentary from a number of folks on the escalating situation in Ferguson], ISIS in iraq and syria) and even drama in my personal life, it’s been difficult to carve out space to create blog content that is uplifting, inspiring or encouraging.

enter dave matthews.

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controversial.

mjkimpan  —  June 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

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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

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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.

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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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