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blind pharisees.

mjkimpan  —  February 2, 2017 — Leave a comment

pharisee

earlier this week, an old friend forwarded me a link stating that newly elected, eccentric and quite energetic president Trump promised he’d uphold previous presidential orders protecting LGBT federal workers.

while many of my pastoral colleagues applauded this move (and more than a few folks in my Boystown neighborhood breathed a sigh of relief), it appears those sentiments may have been premature.

in response, i confessed i wasn’t entirely trusting the president would uphold his promise – not just because he’s proven himself to be a pathological liar, but equally because of his engagement with the evangelical right throughout the campaign and election process.

he’s made some promises to them, too…a bit of a quid pro quo.

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tunnel rats.

mjkimpan  —  January 28, 2017 — Leave a comment

tunnelrat

donald trump has only been in the White House for a week.

there’s no doubt the man and his team of worker-bees have been busy – the whole country is abuzz with either anxiety or excitement, depending on which side of this deeply divided socio-political environment one falls.

in his first week in the oval office, the Trump administration reignited his self-started war with the press, installed a portrait of andrew jackson in the oval office (this is significant) regurgitated a thoroughly debunked theory of widespread voter fraud in last month’s election (thus paving the way for even more extreme voter suppression – specifically in the south), made some inaccurate comments on torture he was forced to walk back, met with our ‘strongest ally’ in the first visit from a foreign leader since the inauguration, and tomorrow will chat it up by phone with his buddy vladimir putin.

from russia, with love.

in just seven short days Trump has signed almost as many executive orders (which can be read here – updated daily). among other things, these specifically single out muslim countries and vaguely propose ‘extreme vetting‘ of refugees, officially prioritized one religion (christianity) over all others, green-lighted a wall we can’t afford and promised to publish a weekly list of crimes of immigrants, further inciting alienation along ethnic lines in a nation already ripe with racial division. Continue Reading…

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…

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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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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good news.

mjkimpan  —  September 7, 2016 — 2 Comments

megaphone

good news, everybody!

the good news is… you’re good.

and it gets even better – despite what you may have heard – rumors; word on the street; popular belief; folklore…whatever ::

God is for us. all of us.

it seems as we approach Scripture withIn our own faith traditions and narratives, we far too often fall into the trap of staying stuck in a primitive and archaic understanding of who God is.

we build our beliefs on the backs of the beliefs of our tribal ancestors, rather than allowing the bigness and goodness of God to grow and mature and expand within (and even beyond) the story of the man jesus – who in the incarnation gave us an example of what God would act like if he were to appear in the flesh… and then told us we could do better.  Continue Reading…

#ImWithHer

mjkimpan  —  July 15, 2016 — Leave a comment

 

lovetrumps

 

after senator bernie sanders appeared with presumptive democratic presidential nominee secretary clinton in new hampshire yesterday morning announcing he was supporting her candidacy for president, i posted the transcript of his endorsement speech on my Facebook page.

as was evidenced in the comments and private conversations i’ve had with friends, it seems some former bernie supporters have struggled with the idea of voting for anyone other than bernie.

many voiced their disappointment in him for ’selling out just like every other politician,’ as a result of his endorsement of hillary.  Continue Reading…

choose Love.

mjkimpan  —  June 15, 2016 — Leave a comment

chooselove

there is so much to say, and yet mere words are inefficient. hollow. empty.

speaking of solidarity without concrete action is meaningless.

the past 72 hours have been tremendously disturbing to many people of various shades and stripes – some resorting to polarized rhetoric in an attempt to find a common enemy, with others believing we’re better together.

news of the horrific orlando attack has triggered a response in all of us –  anger, sadness, loss, anxiety, even hatred – which, one friend rightly says, is but a pawn of the emotion of fear.

in my neighborhood, each of these emotions – and more – are palpable. as prejudice and violence do to any community caught in their crosshairs, my LGBTQ friends and neighbors are grappling with the implications of such bad news, and pause to consider their own safety at our own bars and nightclubs a few days before our own Pride Parade on our own streets.

in our own neighborhood.

and yet, even here in Boystown, in the midst of the grieving and mourning and vigils to show solidarity and provide support, there is a message that is being repeated over. and over. and over.

it isn’t a message of fear, or hatred, or even sadness.

it’s a message of Love.

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at the center.

mjkimpan  —  May 10, 2016 — Leave a comment

galalogo

 

a little over a year ago, i announced that i’d resigned from my position as the executive director of The Marin Foundation here in chicago in order to engage in work which expanded beyond the scope allowed by my position in that particular organization. since that time, i’ve been honored to participate in a number of efforts – most notably, partnering with some new and old friends from Convergence and elsewhere in building and giving leadership to a network created to organize and mobilize progressive evangelicals called OPENand also founding my own non-profit organization to provide funding and support to those and other endeavors called (un)common good collective.

it’s been a busy year.

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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 just 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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