i’m sorry ’13.

mjkimpan  —  June 29, 2013 — 10 Comments

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this weekend, my neighborhood is filled with folks commemorating the stonewall uprising of 1969 – and celebrating the recent decision by the US supreme court which declared DOMA unconstitutional.

this weekend, in my neighborhood, is the gay pride parade.

literally thousands of people will gather in the streets to watch the floats go by, waving rainbow flags, laughing and smiling and screaming at the top of their lungs.

there will be some other folks there, too.

every year, a group of self-proclaimed ‘christians’ gather to demonstrate and protest against the pride parade. they shout slogans and use bullhorns and have signs that are the modern day equivalent to throwing the first stone. these are the caricatures of an unappealing type of christianity that have earned the church a reputation of being anti-gay, judgmental and hypocritical. they’re likely to be booed by the crowd, but the damage will be done – another example to the LGBT community that they are not welcome in our churches. that God doesn’t love them. that they’re not ‘good enough.’ that they are wrong.

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response to SCOTUS.

mjkimpan  —  June 26, 2013 — 23 Comments

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this morning, SCOTUS announced that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (ironically signed into law by bill clinton during his two-term presidency) is ‘unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the fifth amendment…DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a state entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.’

the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defines ‘marriage,’ for purposes of over a thousand federal laws and programs, as a union between a man and a woman only.

today SCOTUS ruled by a vote of 5-4 that the law is unconstitutional . the court explained that the states have long had the responsibility of regulating and defining marriage, and some states have opted to allow same sex couples to marry – to give them the protection and dignity associated with marriage.

by denying recognition to same-sex couples who are legally married, federal law discriminates against them to express disapproval of state-sanctioned-same-sex marriage.

in other words, same-sex couples who are legally married will be entitled to equal treatment as married opposite-sex couples under federal law – with regard to, for example, income taxes and social security benefits.

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a reminder.

mjkimpan  —  June 24, 2013 — 2 Comments

reminder

 

it’s likely that this week SCOTUS will hand down its ruling on gay marriage , as this is the last week for supreme court decisions.

it could even be today.

so here’s a reminder.

‘if possible – so far as it depends on you – be at peace with all people.

that’s from the bible. romans, to be exact.

regardless of the outcome of the supreme court decision, and whether it falls in line with your preferred definition of marriage or fits into your theological understanding of human sexuality or not… be at peace with all people.

oh, and here’s another reminder – this time from jesus.

‘they will know you are my followers by how you love one another.’

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behind on my blog.

mjkimpan  —  June 21, 2013 — 2 Comments

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it’s been a busy week.

you may have noticed i’ve been a little tardy on the blog posts, even after adjusting my posting schedule to m, w, f. or maybe you didn’t notice.

shame on you.

recent weeks, and the past few days in particular, have been incredibly busy around the office.

we’re just one week away from chicago pride – an annual celebration commemorating the stonewall uprising of 1969 – during which time The Marin Foundation hosts our I’m Sorry Campaign.

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thine, not mine.

mjkimpan  —  June 17, 2013 — 4 Comments

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for thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory – forever
amen.

thine, not mine.

perhaps it seems like a minor distinction on the surface – one that could go without saying.

and yet.

in a world and a culture when everything is marketed and branded by an individualism run rampant, this is a distinction that may need to be made.

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temptation.

mjkimpan  —  June 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

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lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil -

it is difficult to imagine praying this prayer on my way to a strip club.

or while meeting with friends, plotting revenge against someone who has wronged them.

or while heading to the bars with the intention of drinking to excess.

this line of christ’s exemplary prayer, like others, seems to have more to do with our own choices and behavior than it does with supernatural intervention at the hands of the Divine. this prayer is not bent toward manipulating God to do our will, but rather a posture of prayer which encourages us aligning our will with God’s.

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as we forgive.

mjkimpan  —  June 12, 2013 — 9 Comments

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and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.

context and usage determine meaning.

for the textual context of where this phrase falls in christ’s exemplary prayer, click here, here, here and here.

because context matters.

on the heels of highlighting the communal responsibilities we each have in our mission of reconciliation, jesus suggests to his followers that we seek forgiveness for our shortcomings – areas where we’ve wandered and become WayWard as we follow him.

forgive us our trespasses.

but we ask that this happens as we simultaneously forgive those who have trespassed against us. unsurprisingly, directly tied to the request for our own forgiveness is the simultaneous grace and forgiveness that we offer to those who have transgressed.

there can’t be one without the other.

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daily bread.

mjkimpan  —  June 10, 2013 — 2 Comments

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give us this day our daily bread.

rather than a demand, these words imply a ‘pleading with‘ – as in a sincere desire for something that is necessary – in this case, bread.

yet this request does not stand alone; rather, it is tied to the desire for kingdom.

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art in heaven.

mjkimpan  —  June 7, 2013 — 5 Comments

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our father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

the first line of the lord’s prayer is more than just a formality. it is more than merely providing God’s cosmic mailing address to which we send our prayers.

our. father.

celebrating the communion of community, we are taught to pray together. God is no more mine than he is yours. he is no more confined to the jewish religion christ practiced than he is the christian faith i practice. whether we recognize it or not, God is our father. as the psalmist declares we are each divinely hand-crafted masterpieces woven together by the God whose image in which we are created.

and he is God of all.

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hollow-ED.

mjkimpan  —  June 5, 2013 — 5 Comments

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during our next blog series, we’ll be taking a look at what many have called ‘the lord’s prayer.’

as we go line-by-line through this example prayer of jesus, it is my intent to reveal that jesus molded a prayer that is not bent toward manipulating God to do our will, but rather a posture of prayer which encourages US aligning OUR will with God’s. 

contrary to many of the prayers we espouse today, christ seemed more concerned with our own posture than with changing God’s posture.

many bloggers and friends of mine have, in recent months, discussed prayer. rachel held evans posted some thoughts on structured prayer just yesterday. tony jones has been one of the primary resources for my recent thinking through why we pray – the result of this post he wrote in march of 2011. these and other helpful resources have been instrumental in resurrecting thoughtful conversation surrounding prayer.

this conversation is needed, because many of our prayers are hollow. theologically uninformed. misdirected.

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