graphic images.

mjkimpan  —  September 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

upworthy

the incredible website unworthy.com has gone and done it again.

several times on any given week, i find myself clicking on a link to their videos, triggered by some catchy comment or pithy prose. today’s was this ::

9 out of 10 americans are completely wrong
about this mind-blowing fact

who wouldn’t want to click on that?

so here it is – but be warned :: this is graphic. Continue Reading…

what you said,
what you meant to say, and
what was perceived
to have been said
are three different things.
clarify.

this pope is a sinner.

mjkimpan  —  September 20, 2013 — 2 Comments

HRC

 

this is significant.

from the start, there was an air of excitement surrounding this pope – even the pontiff’s chosen name, never before used by any pope in the history of the church – pope francis – beckoned back to a celebrated hero of the christian faith and a gentle revolutionary, st. francis of assisi.

many have been optimistic that this formal cardinal of argentina would kick some spiritual tail and bring about much needed reform within the catholic church’s hierarchy. in recent years, the vatican has been plagued with scandal and allegations and is in desperate need of renewal – and many believe francis is the guy to bring about those changes.

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(good) gracious.

mjkimpan  —  September 18, 2013 — 6 Comments

gracious

i’ve contemplated writing this post for about a week.

as someone who is positioned as a bridge-builder between opposing world views – as someone who claims to follow jesus and is about the business of reconciliation and peacemaking – i am acutely aware of the importance of the words i choose.

because words matter.

yet it is precisely because words matter that it is incumbent upon me to write this post.

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‘the mercy of God has no limits.’
–pope francis

God loves uganda.

mjkimpan  —  September 13, 2013 — 2 Comments

godlovesuganda

recently, The Marin Foundation announced that for our upcoming Living In The Tension gathering, we’d be hosting a screening of the as-yet-unreleased documentary film, God Loves Uganda.

within hours of that announcement, my inbox was blinking with emails from concerned folks who had read this article from a popular online christian magazine, which expressed some reservations about the film’s portrayal of evangelical christians.

some were worried that in showing the film, The Marin Foundation would unintentionally ‘polarize non-christians against believers,’ urging us to do ‘further investigation before [we] endorse this film.’

here is what i wrote in response ::

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9-11.

mjkimpan  —  September 11, 2013 — 2 Comments
reminder

today, we remember.

may we remember the indecencies and atrocities committed under a false understanding of our shared humanity in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them.’

may we remember the bigger mystery of God – that we are all his children and that YHVH desires for us all a path of peace.

may we remember the teachings of jesus, who was appropriately called the prince of peace.

may we remember that common ‘knowledge’ about islam often stems from some misquoted and badly translated verses, taken out of context.

imagine that.

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‘i came to a point where i had to learn to live and love beyond my theology.’
– evangelical pastor, whose son came out to him as gay

continuing education classes.

mjkimpan  —  September 6, 2013 — 2 Comments

lightbulb

at The Marin Foundation, we continually work to build bridges between the LGBT community and the church. we do this primarily through scientific research, biblical and social education and diverse community gatherings, which we call Living In The Tension.

we are honored to present the fall dates and registration for The Marin Foundation’s innovative series of continuing education classes, Culture War Curriculum. whether you are a  pastor, a parent, a youth worker, an LGBT person, a professor, or someone who is simply interested in further learning how to elevate this conversation, these classes are right up your alley.

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dirt matters.

mjkimpan  —  September 4, 2013 — 4 Comments

dirtmatters

for those who’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that over recent years i found a faith community unlike any other i’d previously been a part of. tucked away in peoria, il is a place where i found redemption, restoration, friendship and grace. richwoods christian church served as an oasis to my soul during a desert of disappointment in my previous church experiences.

now, my friend  jim powell has written a book – Dirt Matters - and describes what values he found essential in the journey of creating a healthy culture within this congregation over the past 16 years as their lead pastor. while many church leaders focus on what is external and visible above the surface, jim candidly digs deep into the soil of what creates and dictates the DNA of a church’s culture. the size of the church doesn’t matter, but the culture within it does. Dirt Matters will show you what ‘church culture’ is, the role it plays and how to improve  it.

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