rippedfabric
one of my more provocative posts previously explored the ramifications of one of the most under utilized passages in all of scripture ::

‘and the veil of the temple was torn in two – from top to bottom.

in this tearing of the veil which separated the holy of holies from the rest of the world, the barriers between what was holy and what was common – the sacred and the profane – were broken completely. this served as a culmination of the very act of the incarnation of jesus the word made flesh – God in the form of an infant again made intimate with his creation as he had intended from the beginning.

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blurb.

mjkimpan  —  May 8, 2013 — 2 Comments

blurb
the following post comes is an excerpt of a response in the comment section of this blog post ::

one reason jesus had so much credibility with ‘regular’ people (and was simultaneously feared and despised by the religious elite) was that he didn’t spend all of his time cooped up in the temple and the synagogues; rather, he went out amongst the people – in proximity to and relationship with the very folks who were not allowed to be considered ‘in’ under jewish custom and religious law.

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no time.

mjkimpan  —  May 6, 2013 — 7 Comments

no time

living in the tension of building bridges between opposing world views often brings out the best – and the worst – in a lot of us. people from both sides of the cultural divide often lob labels and accusations in our direction in an effort to ‘figure out’ what The Marin Foundation is all about or to elicit a response of ‘yes’ or ‘no‘.

apparently for some, our efforts to live and love with the same, counter-cultural, unconditional love jesus would and does are confusing.

it seems to me that word – unconditional – should be pretty straight forward. whether gay, in a relationship or not, christian or not, whether people ‘change’ their perspectives or not – we are convinced that we’re simply called to love – and we will continue to press the church to do the same thing.

engaging in relationships where such an expression of unconditional love is possible takes time. many in the gay community are inherently skeptical of anyone or anything associated with ‘the church‘ based on their own personal experiences, hurts and pains. i’ve heard countless stories of rejection and a purely conditional love with damaging and even damning results. developing a trust that when we say ‘i love you‘ we mean it – regardless of personal conviction or belief, and regardless of one’s choices or behavior – doesn’t happen overnight.
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aliens!

mjkimpan  —  May 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

alien

‘for YHVH – your God – is a God of gods and the lord of lords :: the great, the mighty, and the awesome God – who has no ‘favorites’ and is not partial to bribes. he executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving them food and clothing. love the alien, therefore, for you were aliens in the land of egypt.’
— deuteronomy 10

‘alien’ is not a word we use often – for obvious reasons. it’s a dehumanizing term, and is most often used of extra-terrestrials – not humans. in the passage above, instead many bible versions translate the word ‘sojourner’ or ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner.’

that sounds better.

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the lifestyle.

mjkimpan  —  May 1, 2013 — 20 Comments

lifestyle

spoiler alert :: there isn’t one.

prior to coming to The Marin Foundation, i had the privilege of pastoring a college-aged group of a diverse and eclectic assortment of individuals that made up our best attempt at a christ-centered community.

our meetings served as a safe and sacred place to ask questions, challenge beliefs and explore what it looks like to follow the teachings of jesus in the context of an increasingly pluralistic and post-modern world – where many of their peers (and even many of them) had grown skeptical of the christian faith they’d inherited from their parents and were suspicious of institutionalized, organized religion.

and though they shared many things in common,

there was no ‘college lifestyle.’

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pizza face.

mjkimpan  —  April 29, 2013 — 4 Comments

cubslogo

the following post was originally written for The Marin Foundation blog at patheos.com and can be read here.

i’m not crazy about baseball. i never have been.

yet living in chicago, just blocks away from wrigley field, means that i’m bound to become a cubs fan. working with andrew at The Marin Foundation makes this transition all the more likely, as his support of the cubbies borders on obsession.

in an effort to embrace my pending inevitable affection for america’s favorite pastime, i went with andrew to an opening series game against the milwaukee brewers. we sat in the bleachers out in left center field, hoping to catch anything that screamed past the wall.

‘all you need to know is if you catch a home run hit by the brewers, throw it back.‘ a friend said. easy enough.

i must admit the atmosphere was indeed incredible. smells of hot dogs, nachos and beer filled the nighttime air. the roar of the crowd at each crack of the bat was reminiscent of something out of baseball films like ‘The Natural’ or ‘Field of Dreams.‘ every play was analyzed by the faithful, desperate to snap a 104 year long championship drought.

maybe this year.

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what is that to you?

mjkimpan  —  April 26, 2013 — 2 Comments

yolo
there’s a story in the gospels that recounts a conversation between the resurrected jesus and his disciples.

the risen messiah had just cooked up breakfast on the beach for his followers who had turned back to a life of fishing in absence of direction from their rabbi.

it was his third appearance to the faithful since his crucifixion, and it seemed they were gradually becoming more comfortable with his concept of kingdom. with each encounter, the puzzle pieces of previous teaching fit together better.

things were beginning to make sense.

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symphony.

mjkimpan  —  April 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

symphony

i was recently approached by a young, up-and-comning blogger and author who has built a large readership base predominately with conservative evangelicals.

how,’ he asked, ‘can i transition to a base with more progressive thinkers – like myself?

the poor lad thinks i know the answer.

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M, W, F.

mjkimpan  —  April 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

fullcalendar
you may have noticed it’s been a few days since i’ve written.

or maybe you haven’t.

either way, it’s the truth.

i’ve been slacking on the blog posts.

this is not to say that i’ve been slacking – quite the contrary, actually. the past few weeks have been filled-to-the-brim with phenomenal phone calls, meetings, texts, emails, skype dates and coffee-infused conversations as i’ve inhabited the tension filled spaces that exist in the realm of my new role as the associate director at The Marin Foundation.

and i love it.

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concerned.

mjkimpan  —  April 16, 2013 — 4 Comments

bibleisaweapon
i’ve not lost my mind, i promise.

i’m not out to lead people away from truth or drag folks into hell; i’m not an apostate committed to destroying the name of christ; i’ve not neglected the teachings of jesus for a watered down version of the gospel (all of which i’ve been accused in the past 24 hours).

i’m actually pretty orthodox (contrary to popular belief and folklore). boring, even.

but i am a heretic.

i affirm a high view of scripture – its authenticity, relevance and authority – but i’m concerned with the ways in which those within the christian faith have habitually (mis)used scripture to promote an agenda that is different from the good news of jesus – sometimes with even the best of intentions.

other times, not.

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