did you know?

mjkimpan  —  January 8, 2014 — 1 Comment

didyouknow

fun fact ::

in the four gospels, jesus crosses both cultural and religious boundaries repeatedly – over 45 separate examples – in an effort to stand in solidarity with the Other.

that’s a lot of examples. perhaps even too many to ignore.

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pope hope.

mjkimpan  —  January 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

pope2

in comments made back in november but released just friday, pope francis again made headlines by encouraging priests to leave their comfort zones and spend time amongst people at the margins of society (similar to this line of thinking).

he continued,

“This is really very important to me: the need to become acquainted with reality by experience, to spend time walking on the periphery in order really to become acquainted with the reality and life-experiences of people – if this does not happen we then run the risk of being abstract ideologists or fundamentalists, which is not healthy.

i think francis is onto something.

what do you think?

friendsandenemies

so, some people actually hate me.

i recently wrote about how i’ve been prepping myself for an onslaught of critique nearly certain to come my way in 2014 – once my thoughts on standing in solidarity are published in book form this fall, the opportunity for others to question my work, thoughts, motivations and even my faith are bound to multiply.

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2014

we’re starting 2014 off with a bang.

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top 10 of 2013.

mjkimpan  —  December 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

top 10
this past year has been a busy and incredible one – i officially joined the team at The Marin Foundation, signed my book deal, got married and much more. to be fair, there were a few posts i wrote that were read/shared more on other blog sites (e.g., patheos and the tony camplo-helmed red letter christians) – but as far as it goes on the WayWard follower, here are the top 5 blog posts for traffic here on the blog ::

10. division.
on the back-and-forth on social media regarding same sex marriage this year.

9. pizza face.
on the infectious nature of boldness as seen in the bleachers at wrigley field this summer.

8. LOVE is louder. 
on my experience at the I’m Sorry Campaign at chicago’s gay pride this year.

7. gag me.
on comments made by a member of The Gospel Coalition regarding homosexuality, and my take on those words.

6. rip, rob bell.
on the evangelical black sheep coming out as affirming monogamy and marriage, regardless of orientation.

5. book deal. 
on my forthcoming book (fall, 2014) with InterVarsity Press.

4. you, too? 
on bono from U2 talking about jesus.

3. bad theology. 
on ray lewis’ theologically inept comments after wining last year’s super bowl.

2. response to SCOTUS.
on the supreme court’s decision to end DOMA.

1. quack, quack.
on the recent duck dynasty debacle.

xmas songs.

mjkimpan  —  December 25, 2013 — 6 Comments

singing

 

‘the best way to spread christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.’ – buddy the elf

over the past several weeks, i’ve had a number of conversations with folks surrounding the idea of creating cultural change within the church – asking questions of how church leaders and change agents can create safe and sacred spaces for all people to explore the richness of the gospel – which is, as the angel proclaimed that firs christmas,  good news of great joy for ALL people.

a recurring theme in that conversation is the power of music and song – and the importance of singing words which create a culture of inclusion rather than exclusion; of love and grace rather than judgment and intolerance; of compassion and solidarity rather than elitism and discrimination.

when we choose what songs we sing in church, we’re literally choosing words to put in the mouths of God’s people.

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radio.

mjkimpan  —  December 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

radio

this past week, i had the opportunity to be interviewed by a christian radio station based out of wisconsin – WWIB – about the Duck Dynasty debacle and my subsequent blog post here. we talked for a bit about our work at The Marin Foundation, theology and our position of neutrality – which caused a bit of discomfort for one of the co-hosts.

the interview lasted the entirety of the hour, and we still hadn’t yet gotten to talking about phil robertson’s GQ article…so i stayed on for an additional 15 minutes, transferred to another show and continued our conversation there.

a number of my readers have messaged and emailed me asking for the links to the show – so here they are :: the first hour (click the 12-20-13 link entitled, Loving LGBTQ) and the second hour’s conversation about Duck Dynasty (click the link entitled, M.Kimpan/Rltnshps).

‘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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