old school activism.

mjkimpan  —  August 14, 2013 — 2 Comments


activists come in all types, shapes and sizes. there are christian and evangelical activists, gay activists, civil rights activists, feminist activists, political activists, environmental activists and some assortment or combination of each of those.

yet the system of old school activism demands that these individuals within the system surround themselves with like-minded people, rendering them seemingly incapable of respectful dialogue with the Others outside their camp – in essence, anyone and everyone with whom they do not agree.

ain’t nobody got time for that.

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i’m back.

mjkimpan  —  August 12, 2013 — 9 Comments


it’s amazing what can happen when you’ve been gone.

in the short two weeks i’ve been MIA from the blogosphere and social media, a couple of things have transpired ::

beyoncé chopped her hair.

russian crosswalks were…’altered.’

oprah got rejected at a store when she tried to buy a hand bag. for $38,000.

but perhaps the headline that caught my attention the most in the past two weeks was that one involving pope francis.

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napkin theology.

mjkimpan  —  July 22, 2013 — 13 Comments



i recall learning as an evangelical adolescent to draw the ‘chasm’ illustration.

does anyone recognize this? it’s bad theology.
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several weeks ago i met with an old friend who has, over the years, helped me learn to communicate differently – particularly in conversations between folks from conservative and progressive camps.

more specifically, she has helped in conversations surrounding questions swirling around discussions surrounding the disconnect between conservatives and LGBT people.

our time together was beautifully frustrating.

my friend was pleased to hear me acknowledge and apologize for the ways in which many evangelical churches have failed to love the gay community well. one of her primary concerns about organized religion – christianity, in particular – is the way in which religious institutions attempt to define and dictate cultural normalcy for everyone, even those who disagree with the beliefs of said religion.

‘every christian i’ve ever met has tried to convert me,’ she said.

some folks i know would nod their head in hearty approval of these attempts at proselytization. for much of my past, i would have been among them.

but not anymore.

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mjkimpan  —  July 18, 2013 — 2 Comments


i’m what you might call ‘directionally challenged.’

i get it from my mother.  the woman could get lost in even the most familiar territory – all it would take is one, simple detour.  regardless of how many times we’d been down that road, no matter how clearly marked the signs were, we would end up getting side-tracked and derailed from our initial destination.  often times, we’d be more than fashionably late.

it seems i’ve inherited her lack of an internal compass, which is one reason i’m grateful for technological advances in recent years. GPS on your phone. Google Maps.

iPhone apps are my friend.

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book deal.

mjkimpan  —  July 16, 2013 — 18 Comments


as in, i have one.

as you may have read here, we’ve been making some big announcements over at The Marin Foundation. and although a few folks noticed that we let the cat out of the bag in our july newsletter, i’ve yet to make the official announcement.

until now.

i am currently standing in my kitchen, looking at a contract from InterVarsity Press (who also published andrew’s award winning, Love Is An Orientation) for me to write my book, provisionally entitled, (re)Discovering Reconciliation.

a real book. with a real publisher. with a contract and an advance and a deadline and marketing and everything. in many ways, this is a dream come true. Continue Reading…

LOVE is louder.

mjkimpan  —  July 12, 2013 — 2 Comments

this post was originally written for The Marin Foundation’s blog at patheos.com, and reflects my experience at our I’m Sorry Campaign this year in chicago.

Last month in cities all across the country, Gay Pride parades began as an annual commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising  in June of 1969. In Chicago, over one million people showed up for the festivities as tens-of-thousands of rainbow-colored feathers and flags waved in support of those marching and standing on the floats passing by. Merchants sold colorful goods along the parade route. Gay and lebian parents walked with their children sitting atop their shoulders to see over the crowd.

These parades are nothing new.

And neither are the protestors.

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too often our definition of the christian faith and spiritual maturity is defined by doctrine, and not how we relate to the people in our lives.

God. people. that’s what matters.

not doctrine.

here, some will state that doctrine is indeed a priority – that it’s in fact the priority; that it’s the primary source for knowledge of living out and growing into our faith. they’ll argue that in order to love God you have to know God; and that in order to know God you have to study God; and in order to study God, you’ve got to have the ‘right’ doctrine. i see how many arrive at this conclusion.

i simply fundamentally disagree.

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Christianity is a lifestyle – a way of being in the world that is simple, non-violent, shared and loving. However, we have made it into an established ‘religion’ (and all that goes with that) and avoided the lifestyle change itself. One could be warlike, greedy, racist, selfish, and vain in most of Christian history, and still believe that Jesus is one’s ‘personal Lord and Savior.’

The world has no time for such silliness anymore. The suffering on earth is too great.

–Fr. Rohr

you, too?

mjkimpan  —  July 1, 2013 — Leave a comment



bono by michka assayas is a truly fascinating read.

amazon.com states,

“Bono’s career is unlike any other in rock history. As the lead singer of U2, Bono has sold 130 million albums, won fourteen Grammys, and played numerous sold-out world tours, but he has also lobbied and worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief, AIDS, and other critical global issues. He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982. His life, at all turns, resists the rock star clichés.

In a series of intimate conversations with his friend Michka Assayas, a music journalist who has been with the band since the very beginning, Bono reflects on his transformation from the extrovert singer of a small Irish post-punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from an international celebrity to an influential spokesperson for the Third World. He speaks candidly about his faith, family, commitment, influences, service, and passion. Bono: A Self-Portrait in Conversation is the closest we will come, for now, to a memoir from the iconic frontman of U2.”

what follows is an excerpt from the book in which bono talks about jesus in an interview with the author ::

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