hearing.

mjkimpan  —  March 26, 2013 — 3 Comments

hearing
this morning and afternoon my twitter feed is filled with comments and speculations on the SCOTUS hearing this morning in which the justices held a Q & A with the representatives of the prop 8 case.

of particular interest was justice kennedy’s comment that it may be too early to vote on same-sex marriage as the conversation is taking the court into ‘uncharted waters.’

there was a great deal of speculation on the supreme court’s pending decision in june, and the blogosphere is almost assuredly to be inundated tomorrow and in the days to come with even more speculation than today, from both conservatives and activists for equality in marriage.

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all shook up.

mjkimpan  —  March 25, 2013 — 7 Comments

elvis

screaming girls’ was a recurring theme in newspapers around the country during elvis’s stage shows in 1956 and 1957. at nearly every stop on the country-wide tour, girls screamed so loudly that no one could even hear elvis sing. his gyrating hips and shaking leg brought people to a fever-pitch frenzy with hits like ‘jailhouse rock‘, ‘blue suede shoes‘ and ‘hound dog‘.

while today’s pop scene is inundated with fawning fans frenzied over the newest boy bands, justin bieber and taylor swift, during elvis’s reign as the ‘king of rock and roll‘ screaming sensationalism from star-gazers was an intriguing new phenomenon. folks seemed to entirely abandon all reason and screamed hysterically not only throughout the concert – but afterwards.

even after elvis and his band had departed the venue, fans regularly screamed for the king continuously, lingering in hopes of an encore – bringing public address announcers to coin the now infamous phrase, ‘Elvis has left the building!‘ in hopes of dispersing the hyper-excited crowds.

which brings us to church.

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symptomatic.

mjkimpan  —  March 22, 2013 — 1 Comment

symptomatic
today’s post can be found at patheos.com - here’s an excerpt ::

unity does not demand uniformity.

‘The misnomer that we must agree in order for there to be healthy and sustainable relationship or peaceful and productive dialogue is simply foolish. There will always be different perspectives on homosexuality – in both culture and the church – and to demand a single, uniform voice on a topic as complex as human sexuality seems to me to be as counter-intuitive as it is unrealistic.

Yet I’m convinced this exposed cultural disconnect surrounding homosexuality is merely symptomatic of a broader overarching issue within our communities of faith – Groupishness. The exclusivity of ‘the Other’ has become an identifying factor in many of our churches, in direct opposition to the radical inclusivity of Christ. Drawing lines in the sand on secondary issues has become so crucial to our identity that we’re unfortunately now known more by what we’re against than what we’re for.’

click here for the whole post.

pulling ahead.

mjkimpan  —  March 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

pullingahead

some of the fine folks over at Odyssey Network sat down with rob bell and asked him to further expand his recent comments in support of gay marriage that caused quite a stir this week online.

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pushback.

mjkimpan  —  March 20, 2013 — 10 Comments

pushback

sometimes i invite it.

yesterday i was encouraged to hear that my previous days’ post at RLC on the evangelical reaction to rob bell’s support of gay marriage had helped bring about the highest traffic in the website’s history (in conjunction with this post) ::

that was encouraging.

i also received plenty of facebook messages, emails, texts and DMs on twitter stating an appreciation for my words. comments ranged from ‘catchy title’ to ‘very carefully written’ calling the article ‘thought provoking’ or ‘beautifully worded.’

other comments were…less encouraging.

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barriers.

mjkimpan  —  March 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

barriers
perhaps one of the most under-utilized passages in all of scripture is found in mark 15:38 ::

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

it seems no matter how hard we try to force the life and teachings of jesus into the boxes of us/them || yes/no|| win/lose || in/out , they always seem to – forgive the word – emerge beyond those borders and break out of the boundaries we’ve attempted to force them into. the barriers keep collapsing.

as we follow God in the way of jesus, we continually find ourselves forced out of the comfort zone of ‘us’ and into community with ‘them.’

living incarnationally in these tension-filled spaces, in intentional pursuit of that which is disconnected, we are continually forced to confront our prejudices and intolerance of ‘the Other.’

this so-called Other could be defined as anyone on the ‘outside’ :: any deemed ‘not one of us’, belonging to a differing group, gender, orientation, party, community, religion, race, culture or creed.

we love having Others. it gives us an identity. something – or even someone – to be against.

yet a christian faith without commitment to the Other is really not christian at at all, because christ was committed to the Other.

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RIP, rob bell.

mjkimpan  —  March 18, 2013 — 9 Comments

riprob
some evangelicals are now not only saying, ‘farewell, rob bell’ but actually declaring him dead to evangelicalism.

RIP, rob bell.

as if the ‘love wins’ controversy wasn’t enough, in the first week of his new book’s release (which i read yesterday on my flight from orlando, and recommend), rob did what most of us do – had a Q and A.

and after what one person reported from a Q and A session last night in san francisco, it appears this morning that rob bell came out in support of gay marriage (i first saw the story from tony jones).

rob said,

‘I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs – I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.’

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tonight.

mjkimpan  —  March 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

bridgebuilding
tonight i’ll be meeting with the metro youth network on behalf of The Marin Foundation to explore what it means to build bridges between the LGBT community and the church. we’ll be speaking with them about what it looks like to follow jesus into the culturally, politically and religiously difficult spaces as a bridge builder committed to reconciliation.

‘the unity of diversity first starts with an identity found in commitment to solidarity with the Other.’

i’m looking forward to sharing a bit about my own journey and how i got involved in the conversation, as well as us looking together at jesus’ example of standing in solidarity with the Other throughout the gospels.

i love my job.

pontificate.

mjkimpan  —  March 14, 2013 — 3 Comments

popeshoes
so… we have a new pope.

out with the old, in with the new.

er, unless it’s more of the same.

there’s excitement surrounding the new pontiff’s chosen name – pope francis the first – beckoning back to a hero of the christian faith and gentle revolutionary, st. francis of assisi who – according to catholic tradition – heard a voice saying,

‘Go and rebuild my Church, which you can see has fallen into ruin.’

some are optimistic that the new red shoes in the vatican will kick some spiritual tail and bring about much needed reform within the catholic hierarchy – it’s been plagued with scandal and allegations, most recently in the italian press release of the paradoxical juxtaposition of its housing an anti-gay cardinal in the same building as europe’s largest gay bathhouse.

cardinal dias reportedly lives in a swank 12 bedroom apartment just one floor above the Europa Multiclub gay sauna, while simultaneously reviling homosexuality in statements calling it ‘unnatural‘ and arguing that gays need to (and can be) ‘cured.’

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be humanized.

mjkimpan  —  March 13, 2013 — 4 Comments

behumanized
growing up in a private christian school, my classes were a little skewed toward the perspective of evangelical christianity. in biology class i didn’t learn about the ‘theory of evolution’ because we had the truth of God’s word to tell us exactly how the earth was created.

in six literal days.

we also learned in ‘marriage and family’ class that it was best if a woman stayed at home to be a mother rather than pursuing a career; in ‘understanding the times’ we learned how wrong other religions were and were tested on our ability to debunk their ludicrous claims (unlike our own faith’s claims, which we were expected to accept in faith and defend); and in our ‘senior seminar’ we actually learned about the evils of rock and roll by watching a movie called ‘Hell’s Bells :: the danger of rock and roll.’

i think the same people made this video about beyoncé.

but i digress.

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