‘The entire biblical text would emphasize ‘right relationship’ much more than intellectually being ‘right.’ Jesus consistently declares people to be saved or healed who are in right relationship with him, and he never grills them on their belief or belonging systems.’

— richard rohr

quack. quack.

mjkimpan  —  December 18, 2013 — 36 Comments

duckdynasty

 

what a dynasty.

you’ve probably heard by now that the fully-bearded Duck Commander phil robertson had some choice things to say about his personal views regarding faith and sexuality – and as a result, he earned a suspension from the producers of his own TV show Duck Dynasty, A&E.

in a GQ profile entitled, What the Duck? the squirrel-eating and fowl hunting patriarch of making and selling duck mating calls made the following remarks ::

‘It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.’

he continued,

‘Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men…don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.’

wow. just… wow.

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end of year giving.

mjkimpan  —  December 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

happyholidays

 

<from The Marin Foundation’s end-of-year letter>

To our wonderful friends and family,

Hello from Chicago! We hope this letter finds you well as you enjoy this holiday season.

We are filled with joy and gratitude as we consider our incredible year here at The Marin Foundation. As we faithfully continue the daily work of building bridges through hosting our twice a month Living in the Tension Gatherings, multiple I’m Sorry Campaigns, our continuing education classes, the Parent Resource Initiative and providing ongoing pastoral care, we have expanded our work and influence well beyond our own neighborhood. In addition, we have consulted with and spoken at numerous churches, higher education institutions, organizations and government agencies throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

Additionally in 2013 we have added (much needed!) staff support to help us meet the increasing demand for our work and expertise, each of whom raise their own financial support.

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(dis)like.

mjkimpan  —  December 13, 2013 — 8 Comments

thumbsdown

 

in recent days, i’ve been reading a number of book reviews on some of my favorite books – books that have influenced and formed me deeply in my own journey of faith. these are books that litter my apartment, with broken bindings and protruding post-its stuck in between dog-eared and marked up pages. i’ve read and re-read and highlighted and annotated these works from authors i greatly respect – a few have even become close friends.

and now i’m reading their book reviews. but only the bad ones.

that is not to say these reviews were poorly written, although in some cases that may be true. but i’m only reading the ‘thumbs down’ and ‘one out of five star’ types. i’m reading blog posts that claim all sorts of things about these authors and their works, spending time with the critics of these books in part to prepare myself for the bad reviews my book may get.

accusations of apostasy. heresy. watered-down christianity. appeasement and capitulation to culture. ad hominem attacks in an effort to discredit the message.

these reviews aren’t charitable – in fact, some are downright rude. unapologetically so.

so i take a deep breath and i think about john 21.

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RLC.

mjkimpan  —  December 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

redletterchristians

this morning i’m flying to philadelphia for the red letter christians gathering – an opportunity to spend some quality time with good friends of The Marin Foundation tony campolo and shane claiborne, as well as some of the folks that make up the RLC community. i’ve had the opportunity for the past couple of years to have some of my writing featured on the RLC blog, and have had the privilege to become dear friends with a number of these folks known as ‘red letter christians.’

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oh happy day.

mjkimpan  —  December 9, 2013 — 4 Comments

happyface

 

hey you guys (and gals)!!! i’m back.

i’ve made it back into the saddle of the WayWard follower. after finishing up my book’s manuscript and sending that in, making it through a pretty busy season of visitors and travel at The Marin Foundation and getting ready for the holidays, i’m cautiously (re)entering the world of the blogosphere.

apparently, it’s a dangerous place.

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it’s been awhile.

mjkimpan  —  November 5, 2013 — Leave a comment

nov5

it’s already the 5th of november.

it’s been awhile since my last post – the most recent entry was october 17th – and for those who read this blog regularly, it’s been a bit aggravating to not have any explanation.

sorry about that.

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spirit day.

mjkimpan  —  October 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

spiritday

tonight i have the pleasure and privilege of speaking at the InterVarsity Chapter of Illinois Institute of Technology here in chicago.

the group has requested i speak regarding our work at The Marin Foundation in relation to this description from my ‘speaking options’ :: Continue Reading…

are you an evangelical?

mjkimpan  —  October 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

evangelical

recently, i was asked :

do you identify as evangelical?

here was my response ::

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mjk bw headshot that fits

i recently wrote this post for National Coming Out Day. it received a bit of attention on our patheos blog for The Marin Foundation, which resulted in a number of supportive comments from some of our friends.

i share it here, at the WayWard Follower because of this simple fact :: october 11 isn’t the only time LGBT people come out of the closet – nor should it be. many of my regular readers here don’t necessarily follow our posts at patheos. yet year round, individuals have may opportunities to engage in beautiful conversations with their friends and loved ones. my hope is that the lessons i’ve learned through my own experiences may serve as a learning opportunity for others…

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