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restoration and reconciliation are at the very heart of the gospel. indeed, we are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation–on behalf of God, through jesus christ.

for parents.

mjkimpan  —  July 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

90days

last month, The Marin Foundation partnered with FreedHearts Ministries and Unconditional Ministries to host our first ever conference for christian parents of LGBTQ children. parents came to hear from, worship with and experience community with other christian parents who are learning to love their children unconditionally without having to sacrifice their faith.

TMF staff member Laura Statesir wrote a brief summary of the conference here, including a number of quotes from parents who attended the conference.

but not everyone can make it to chicago – and next june is nearly a year away. that’s why i’m proud to endorse an amazing resource for parents that came out earlier this summer.

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on the interwebs…

mjkimpan  —  July 7, 2014 — 10 Comments

advocate

over the weekend, a number of posts about The Marin Foundation’s I’m Sorry Campaign were written and shared across the interwebs.

all over the interwebs, in fact.

i mentioned in a recent post that we’d been featured on CNN (our friends at red letter christians also picked up my article – just steer clear of the comments – on both sites).

our friend eliel cruz posted his thoughts (and shared some pics!) on one of the largest LGBT publications in the country - advocate.com (steer clear of the comments there, too) and shared this quote from yours truly ::

“In the midst of our country’s cultural shift — where many, including evangelical Christians, are moving toward a more progressive and, I would contend, Christ-centered understanding in discussions surrounding the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality — there is a need for some folks to acknowledge the harm done toward the LGBTQ community in the name of God and religion,” Marin Foundation executive director Michael Kimpan tells The Advocate.“The ‘I’m Sorry’ campaign provides such an opportunity, to offer an apology and reparations face to face, building bridges of reconciliation between those who once spoke words of hate and intolerance and now desire to speak words — and actions — of love.”

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CNN last year, i wrote a blog post about my experience participating in The Marin Foundation’s I’m Sorry Campaign as we stood in front of these protestors during Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade.

<sidenote :: if you’re unfamiliar with the history of Gay Pride, i highly suggest watching this documentary which outlines the beginning of the LGBT equality movement at the Stonewall Inn in NYC – you can find other helpful documentaries on LGBT history and theology here>

i titled the post LOVE is louder

in spite of the 20 foot tall signs and bullhorns used by the protestors spewing words of hate, our simple sings of love with slogans like ‘I’m Sorry for how the church has treated you’ or ‘God loves you’ spoke volumes.

this year, we brought more people, with bigger signs – and the result was nothing short of extraordinary.

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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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facepalm

this is beyond embarrassing.

it is un-christlike.

in the following video, ‘christian’ activists briefly disrupted a hindu invocation in the us senate, marring a historic first for the chamber in allowing an actual separation of ‘church’ and ‘state.’

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(broken) jars of clay.

mjkimpan  —  April 30, 2014 — 9 Comments

jarsofclay

‘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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stay tuned…

mjkimpan  —  April 29, 2014 — 2 Comments

UKtrip

as some of you may know, i’m currently in the UK visiting my colleague and dear friend andrew marin as he continues his studies as a PhD candidate at st. andrews university in scotland.

the two weeks leading up to my trip saw my regular posting schedule here on the blog suffer, and i’ve been relatively absent since arriving here in the UK; however, much attention regarding the conversations surrounding faith and sexuality have been at the forefront of the online world – from last week’s release of matthew vine’s book God and the Gay Christian to the frontman of jars of clay ruffling the feathers of many on his twitter feed.

i’ll be posting a couple posts in the following days about the aforementioned stories, as well as some thoughts of my own. stay tuned.

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…