(en)rapture.

mjkimpan  —  December 11, 2012 — 24 Comments

 


Just as it was written by those prophets of old, the last days of the Earth overflowed with suffering and pain. In those dark days a huge pale horse rode through the Earth with Death upon its back and Hell in its wake. During this great tribulation, the Earth was scorched with the fires of war, rivers ran red with blood, the soil withheld its fruit, and disease descended like a mist. One by one, all the nations of the Earth were brought to their knees.

Far from all the suffering, high up in the heavenly realm, God watched the events unfold with a heavy heart. An ominous silence had descended upon Heaven as the angels witnessed the Earth being plunged into darkness and despair. But as this could only continue for so long, at the designated time, God stood upright, breathed deeply, and addressed the angels, “The time has now come for me to separate the sheep from the goats, the healthy wheat from the inedible chaff.”

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SCOTUS.

mjkimpan  —  December 10, 2012 — 20 Comments


this past friday, the twitter sphere exploded with some groundbreaking news :: the US supreme court has decided to take on gay marriage and a hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

the court’s announcement that it would hear two cases challenging laws prohibiting same-sex marriage has reinvigorated one of the most hotly contentious social debates in our country’s history.

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birthday.

mjkimpan  —  December 7, 2012 — 16 Comments

it appears tomorrow is my birthday.

forget to get me something?

no worries… you can just click here and leave a donation for The Marin Foundation.

we’ll call it even. ;)

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in·sur·rec·tion.

mjkimpan  —  December 6, 2012 — 16 Comments

proceed with caution.

let’s face it – something is broken. the christian faith has become known for being in the business of interpreting and escaping our world rather than transforming and healing it – which may mean that we’re missing the point.

as i engage the disconnect between the teachings of jesus and 21st century evangelical christianity (or even my own life), i occasionally stumble upon teachers or authors with whom my spirit resonates – and though i may not agree with all of their answers and conclusions, i find myself more often than not enjoying the work of those that many would deem ‘dangerous‘ or ‘radical‘ – even ‘heretical.’

people like peter rollins.

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welcome.

mjkimpan  —  December 5, 2012 — 19 Comments


‘the doctrine of the incarnation contains at its heart the divine welcome of the Other; and embodying that same welcome is at the heart of our obedient response to God’s grace. the God who is for us and with us in jesus christ incites us, by the work of the spirit, to be for and with one another.’
–william stacy johnson

it’s been a rough week in the blogosphere.

so many of the church’s words and so much of its demeanor concerning people with whom we disagree (in doctrine or practice) are profoundly contrary to what the gospel proclaims.

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(IN)sight.

mjkimpan  —  December 4, 2012 — 12 Comments

‘i tell you the truth :: before abraham was, I AM.’

jesus had just made his most blatantly blasphemous statement yet – recalling burning bushes, holy ground, and history’s greatest prophet sent to liberate God’s people – right in the middle of the temple during worship on the sabbath.

the scribes scurried to grab stones to throw in response to his claim of divinity – but jesus snuck out, avoiding their attack. he had a knack for getting out of tough spots before things got out of hand.

along the escape route, jesus and his disciples came across a man begging for alms from his blindness. ‘mercy. mercy for a blind man?’

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shalom.

mjkimpan  —  December 3, 2012 — 18 Comments


most know the hebrew word shalom to be understood as peace; and yet that is only a small part of its meaning. as is the case with most hebraic words, it goes on to convey a deeper feeling, intent and emotion than one might suspect.

shalom is more than simply peace – it is complete peace. shalom encompasses contentment, wholeness, well being and harmony.

shalom is the absolute absence of agitation or discord. it carries meaning of completeness, wholeness, perception and fullness.

and his name will be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, eternal father, prince of peace.

the prince of shalom.

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heretics.

mjkimpan  —  November 30, 2012 — 54 Comments


i wonder if we would do well to hold to our dogmas more loosely than we have in the past.

a short synopsis of even a sliver of human history shows our propensity for domineering and arrogantly determined doctrines to steer the church’s course in culture, often times leading to embarrassing conclusions.

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ADVENTurous theology.

mjkimpan  —  November 29, 2012 — 23 Comments


yesterday, my mildly progressive friend tony jones posed a question on his THEOBLOGY blog :: why an incarnation?

just in time for advent, tony asked his readers to describe ‘what the Incarnation tells us about God, human beings, creation, the Cosmos, the End Times, Heaven, Hell, salvation, or anything else… from a Progressive Christian perspective.’

no big deal.

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all things.

mjkimpan  —  November 28, 2012 — 16 Comments


as i relayed the details of a past of which i’m not proud, my new friends listened intently. it’s never easy to be openly vulnerable with the dark corners of the past. some pieces of my history i’ve left far behind, and others linger in their effect on my every day life.

still, as i spoke, we each sensed a truth that was present in the conversation ::

‘The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.

Beautiful people do not just happen.’
– elisabeth kübler-ross

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