Archives For reform.

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

#evanjellyfish.

mjkimpan  —  March 2, 2015 — 6 Comments

evanjellyfish

 

over the past few days, i’ve been in pasadena participating in the Level Ground film festival with friends and colleagues who desire to create safe and sacred spaces in conversations surrounding faith, gender and sexuality across a variety of theological perspectives.

the mission statement of Level Ground is similar to that of The Marin Foundation, with a specific focus on art and film ::

Level Ground uses art to create safe space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality. Our hope is to cultivate a better way of speaking with one another across our differences and disagreements. Level Ground is becoming a national innovator in film festival programming, art curation, and dialogue.

the name Level Ground comes from a prophecy in the book of isaiah. the name embodies a space where we descend from our mountains and climb out of the valleys to meet one another on sacred – though likely uncomfortable – level ground.

one person doing similar work in her specific context is my canadian friend wendy gritter. she and i spent some good time together this week, discussing both the rewards and challenges of being leaders in these spaces. as we ‘talked shop,’ our  tête-à-tête drifted into some of the less-than-flattering names we’ve each been called – and how we each have at times had a tendency to preemptively label ourselves as heretics in an effort of self-protection. Continue Reading…

top ten in 2014.

mjkimpan  —  February 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

topten2014

each year on the blog, i’ve published a list of the previous years’ most popular posts. this year, however – the opportunity to do so escaped my attention.

until now.

better late than never, i guess… so here’s a list of the top ten posts at the WayWard follower from 2014 :: Continue Reading…

‘first they ignore you.
then they laugh at you.
then they fight you.

then you win.’

– mahatma gandhi

 

what the heck?!?!

mjkimpan  —  February 22, 2015 — 22 Comments

whattheheck

today after we wrapped up our Culture War Curriculum class in chicago, i was to be hopping on a train and heading to Indiana Wesleyan University to speak in their chapel service tomorrow on building bridges between conservatives and LGBTQ students on their campus.

when IWU alumni pete heck, who is billed as a conservative christian commentator on social and political issues on his radio show (The Pete Heck Show) caught wind of The Marin Foundation being represented on the campus of his alma mater, his team reached out to us and asked if i’d provide him with ‘a phone interview.’

so, of course, i did.

the phone interview went well – although pete was a bit more aggressively antagonistic than any previous interview i’ve had with a radio personality – i felt he allowed me to respond to his questions with an explanation of The Marin Foundation’s philosophy, and listened to my biblical reasoning for our posture and position by reflecting on some examples of the life, teachings and actions of the jesus we both claim to follow.

we didn’t agree, at the end. but that’s not the point.

i was looking forward to listening to the interview once it went live on the air – as it does weekly – on the largest talk radio station in indiana. i was told that would be today.

this morning, i saw pete had tweeted ::

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discriminate

barronelle stutzman is stirring up headlines. the 70-year-old grandmother is the owner of Arlene’s Flower Shop in washington state, and identifies as a devout christian. she’s also opposed to gay marriage – so much so that she refused to provide flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding.

this week a washington judge ruled that refusal was precisely what it sounds like – discrimination – and therefore, illegal according to the state’s consumer protection and anti-discrimination law.

washington state attorney general bob ferguson has made the decision to seek legal fees and penalties not only against the flower shop, but also against stutzman herself.

the law allows for penalties of $2,000 per violation, which means that for every gay or lesbian couple stutzman refuses to serve she could receive the hefty fine. according to stutzman’s lawyer, these fines, in addition to her attorneys’ fees and court costs for the pending appeal could reach well into seven figures.

still, the soon-to-be bankrupt granny is sticking to her guns by refusing to serve gay and lesbian couples. she’s digging in her heels – in her own words, ‘because of my relationship with Jesus Christ.’ Continue Reading…

devil’s advocate.

mjkimpan  —  February 10, 2015 — 2 Comments

obamadevil

<disclaimer :: this isn’t a political blog.>

it doesn’t matter to me if you’re a republican or a democrat – if you believe obama to be the angelic change-agent so many hoped he would be, or if you’re convinced he’s satan’s personalized hand-tool for the demolition of democracy and the destruction of these united states.

you can believe his policies are creating a more kingdom-of-God minded country or that obama nation is, in fact, an abomination in the sight of God.

that’s not the point.

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movies and meaning.

mjkimpan  —  January 30, 2015 — 4 Comments

americansniper

there’s been much (too much!) talk recently about the film American Sniper.

after michael moore – liberal film director of  Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 - tweeted negative comments about the film claiming it’s inconsistent with the christian faith, Fox News correspondent todd starnes made the claim that,

“Jesus would be telling that God-fearing, red-blooded American sniper, ‘Well done thou good and faithful servant’ for dispatching another godless jihadist to the lake of fire.”

that is repulsive.

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MLK’s letter.

mjkimpan  —  January 19, 2015 — Leave a comment

mlk

 

purpose and passion combined can overcome the shadows of injustice and inspire movement toward a future of civility.

today our nation celebrates martin luther king, jr.

just a few weeks ago, a number of my friends and i gathered together and recorded a reading of dr. king’s Letter from Birmingham Jail – just released on Vimeo (and available for viewing below).

i hope you’ll take a moment to watch, listen and reflect on the words of this powerful letter. its message is just as critically important today as it was when it was first written.

 

out of the darkness.

mjkimpan  —  January 9, 2015 — 1 Comment

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this post isn’t about what you think it’s about. 

at the close of december and the height of the holiday season, a transgender girl in ohio stepped in front of a truck on the interstate and ended her life.

her name was leelah alcorn.

in her suicide note, leelah cited her christian parents and christian counseling as a trigger to her suffering ::

“When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.”

you can read the note in its entirety here.

as someone who spends a great deal of time with people of faith – most often conservative evangelical christians – and also is connected and integrated with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, i’ve observed the responses of many of my friends in the church – some helpful, and some not.

despite the discomfort it may cause those within the corridors of churches, the discussions surrounding Leelah’s death insist upon an opportunity to admit ::

broadly speaking, the church has failed to equip parents with the resources to validate and love their transgender children. 

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off the highway.

mjkimpan  —  January 7, 2015 — Leave a comment

offthehighway

my friend tony kriz (who has a new book called Aloof! coming out this tuesday – pre-order it here!) has launched an amazing video blog series called Off the Highway – which already includes some phenomenal individuals and thinkers – folks like the author of The Shack, william paul young; lisa sharon harper from Sojourners; new york times bestselling author frank schaeffer; leroy barber from Word Made Flesh and many more…including yours truly.

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