Archives For reform.

much of what we value as tradition or ‘orthodoxy’ in reality actually hinders (or even contradicts) the gospel.

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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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a continuation of the gospel according to dave matthews here and here

over the past several years i’ve come to recognize that particularly in the spaces i daily inhabit – as a bridge builder in conversations surrounding the intersection of faith, gender and sexuality -the work of a reconciliatory change agent can be exhausting – even disheartening.

while an increasing number are willing to attempt to traverse the dangerous ‘land in between‘, countless others carry a restrictive perspective which dictates they see bridge builders as an enemy – stuck in an ‘us versus them‘ paradigm – and realizing we’re bridge-builders and not wall-builders, they attempt to blow up the bridge from their side.

these don’t want anyone leaving to ‘the other side’ and want to wall people in behind a barrier of fear and ignorance.

yet the tide is turning.

in that vein, i’ve found solace, encouragement and challenge present in the following song from dave matthews’ band – i wonder :: what do you think? 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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on #Ferguson.

mjkimpan  —  August 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

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stirring the pot.

mjkimpan  —  August 7, 2014 — 9 Comments

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with increasing frequency in the past several weeks and months, the media has paid particular attention to the spaces we at The Marin Foundation inhabit on a daily basis- the disconnect between social, political and religious conservatives and the broader LGBTQ community. twitter timelines, facebook feeds and comment sections are laden with the polarizing back-and-forth, us/them language, with accusations of bigotry or deceit being lobbed back and forth. even (perhaps especially?) in religious news service spaces, the conversation has reached a fever pitch. Continue Reading…

‘…in other words, short-term win-lose scenarios are long-term lose-lose scenarios. the long-term well-being of each is bound up with the well-being of the Other.’

– brian d. mclaren
read more here.

a moral dilemma.

mjkimpan  —  July 29, 2014 — 8 Comments

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‘we think what we believe is real and valid and what everyone else belives is fearful nonsense and superstition.’ 

during the recent uptick in the outbreak of violence in gaza, i’ve been considering the concerns expressed from both ‘sides’ of the conflict – while acknowledging that where one gets their news, matters.

that said, the moral dilemma surrounding that little plot of land in the middle east transcends the geographical area, and extends to the way in which those of us who are far removed (at least in terms of location) speak about the conflict…and its history.

two significant resources can, i think, help us think more carefully and critically about the ways we talk about who is right and wrong in gaza.

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‘we think what we believe is real and valid and what everyone else belives is fearful nonsense and superstition.’