time.

mjkimpan  —  February 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

time
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.’
–jesus

so… what are you spending your time doing?

exclusion.

mjkimpan  —  February 13, 2013 — 16 Comments

exclusion
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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WWJD…really?

mjkimpan  —  February 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

wwjd
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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(SUB)version.

mjkimpan  —  February 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

subversion

 

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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ooops!

mjkimpan  —  February 8, 2013 — 6 Comments

ooops
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.’

ooops!

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generously orthodox?

mjkimpan  —  February 7, 2013 — 2 Comments

brian
three quotes from the conclusion of brian mclaren’s a Generous Orthodoxy :: Why I am a missional + evangelical + post/protestant + liberal/conservative + mystical/poetic + biblical + charismatic/contemplative + fundamentalist/calvinist + anabaptist/anglican + methodist + catholic + green + incarnational + depressed-yet-hopeful + emergent + unfinished Christian (which you can purchase here if you haven’t already read it) ::

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passover.

mjkimpan  —  February 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

lamb

the passover was near… a time when God’s spirit hovering over his people was palpable, resurrecting memories of the first moments of creation, and the deliverance that followed in the story of the great exodus.

the days leading up to the feast always brought a bittersweet mixture of trepidation and rigidity. in order to participate in the commemoration of their liberation from egyptian slavery and bondage, one had to ensure their entire household was free of any impurity. even the cracks of the floor were scrubbed to rid the house of חמץ (chametz) – and anything made with chametz was either consumed or thrown out and burned prior to the passover seder.

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everyone.

mjkimpan  —  February 5, 2013 — 4 Comments

foreveryone
yesterday’s post
generated some discussion around social media circles and in some parts of the blogosphere. on RLC, where the article was picked up and shared, i believe i was accused of projecting myself as a ‘Super Christian,’ denying God’s omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience, his sovereignty, and wasting people’s time as a heretic.

i just shook my head and smiled.

meanwhile, back here at the WayWard follower, a friend posted the following video in the comments section, which i’m passing along as today’s blog post (along with the song’s lyrics, found below). it’s message is timeless, much needed and inviting (the animation is delightful, as well).

this is the good news.

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bad theology.

mjkimpan  —  February 4, 2013 — 19 Comments

raylewis
earlier this week, the daily mail reported that one in four americans believes that God ‘plays a role in determining which team wins’ at sporting events.

additionally, more than half of americans believe God ‘rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success,’ as researched by a recent poll performed by the Public Religion Research Institute.

<insert divinely inspired facepalm here>

last night after their super bowl win, ray lewis of the baltimore ravens made two (perhaps) well-intentioned yet theologically inept statements ::

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be you.

mjkimpan  —  February 1, 2013 — 6 Comments

you
a classic rabbinical story tells of the great rabbi zarusa, who lay upon his deathbed at the end of an extraordinary life – yet he was agitated, and greatly disturbed.

his students, who surrounded his bedside as he took his final breaths, in a confused attempt to console him asked, ‘rabbi – why are you so sad? after all the great things you have accomplished, your place in heaven is assured!

‘i am afraid!’ zarusa replied. ‘when i get to heaven, God won’t ask me, ‘why weren’t you more like moses?’ or ‘why weren’t you more like king david?’

he’ll ask me, ‘zarusa – why weren’t you more like zarusa?‘ and then what will i say!?!

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