mjkimpan  —  February 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

what do you think?

POST UPDATE :: tony jones replied to this tweet stating his disagreement and wrote a blog post about it – worth reading!

big fish.

mjkimpan  —  February 20, 2013 — 5 Comments

i own one VeggieTales DVD.

it’s josh and the big wallbecause i like that the french peas of jericho attempt to deter the children of israel in this vegetarian interpretation of the conquest narrative with slushies.

i’ve always liked slushies.

i’ve always disliked peas.

i’m ambivalent about the french.

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one voice.

mjkimpan  —  February 19, 2013 — 2 Comments

this past week andrew and i had the privilege of sitting in on a spiritual formation class at a higher education institution in portland, oregon.

our friend tony kriz, author of neighbors and wise men :: sacred encounters in a portland pub and other unexpected places had invited us to speak with his students about our own journeys in elevating the conversation with the gay community beyond the back-and-forth, right/wrong polarizing rhetoric that so often dominates these discussions.

during our time together, tony made an interesting observation as he supplemented a statement i had made concerning standing in solidarity with the Other – celebrating the diversity with which our humanity is expressed rather than demanding homogeneity in values, practice and belief.

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mjkimpan  —  February 18, 2013 — 2 Comments

this week i had ample time on flights across the country to read a number of books that were recommended to me by friends.

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rob and i.

mjkimpan  —  February 15, 2013 — 3 Comments

rob bell is dropping a new book.

what we talk about when we talk about God‘ explores, essentially this idea ::

‘God is not behind us – dragging us backwards into some primitive, regressive state. God has always been ahead of us, pulling us forward – into greater and greater peace, integration, wholeness and love.’

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mjkimpan  —  February 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

two quotes.

first, mother teresa once said,

‘if you judge people, you have no time to love them.’

and second,

‘by this all people will know you are my disciples :: if you have love for one another.’

so… what are you spending your time doing?


mjkimpan  —  February 13, 2013 — 16 Comments

God dignifies all of humanity, and asks us to do the same. even (perhaps especially?) those who are different.

tracing the overarching narrative of scripture, one can see even in the midst of the evolving jewish understanding of the character of God a progression or evolution in the elevation of the Other –

You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.’

You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.’

Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

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mjkimpan  —  February 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

The phrase ‘What would Jesus do?’ (often abbreviated to WWJD) became increasingly popular in the 1990s and many Evangelical Christians used this phrase as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act like him, often wearing bracelets to remind them to consider that question in the midst of their daily decision making.

But as my friend is fond of saying, many of us make assumptions as to what Jesus would actually do based on our accepted method of engagement some 2,000 years removed from Christ, rather than spending time studying and pouring over the record available to us in the gospels to see what he actually did

This is why Joel will stop conversations, whip out his beat up bible, and diligently search the pages of the New Testament. He is committed to finding out what Jesus actually did do, and instructing his own words and behavior accordingly.

His commitment to this task inspires me – and it’s a habit I’ve attempted to implement in my own life – daily spending time in the gospels, looking at the life of Jesus and patterning my own actions in response.

As I’ve done so, I’ve solidified an under-preached truth ::

Jesus upset the cultural norms for the purpose of standing in solidarity with the Other.

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mjkimpan  —  February 11, 2013 — Leave a comment



there’s something under the surface…and it’s BIG.

most people know some variation of this version of the gospel story ::

• God is holy.
• we aren’t,
• and that’s bad news.

 but then,

• jesus came.
• he makes us holy,
• and that’s good news.

the end.

but here’s the thing :: that’s NOT the end.

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mjkimpan  —  February 8, 2013 — 6 Comments

ever wish you could take back what you said? what you did?

yesterday the interwebs was abuzz with news of the lutheran pastor whose apology for taking part in the sandy hook interfaith memorial service generated some controversy.

if you’re not yet familiar with this story, click here.

the hullaballoo came due to the lutheran church-missouri synod (LCMS) president writing a letter to one of their pastors involved in the memorial service demanding an apology from him for his ‘joint worship with other religions.’


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