gut check (part ii).

mjkimpan  —  March 7, 2013 — 13 Comments

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a gut check for my progressive friends

(a follow up post from this one) ::

your voices are loud, growing in an ever increasing cacophony calling for inclusion, equality, justice, tolerance and acceptance.

you rightly demand the right to believe in an understanding of God unhindered by cultural mandates of 2000 + years ago, and instead desire to contextualize a message of love and unconditional inclusion for all.

but does your ‘all’ include everybody?

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olds.

mjkimpan  —  March 6, 2013 — 2 Comments

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rob bell asks,

is God like an oldsmobile?

for awhile, oldsmobiles were not only reliable vehicles, but the coveted method of transportation; full of technological advances that fit their time.

but they don’t make oldsmobiles anymore.

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documentaries.

mjkimpan  —  March 5, 2013 — 2 Comments

documentaries
over the past couple of weeks, in addition to investing in relationships with real people, i’ve also made it a point to dedicate some time each day to watching documentaries – on the history of the gay rights movement, the plight of LGBT people and the church, so-called ‘ex-gay’ reparative therapy and others.

here are just a few titles i found challenging, inspiring, informative or helpful (the majority of these can be seen for free on netflix) :: Continue Reading…

gut check.

mjkimpan  —  March 4, 2013 — 10 Comments

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a gut check for my conservative friends ::

what would you do if you saw a hindu in heaven?

a muslim?

an athiest?

an LGBT person?

what would your initial, natural response be?

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job opening.

mjkimpan  —  March 1, 2013 — 2 Comments

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this rather funny and informative video (initially seen here) describes not only how to become pope, but also subtly highlights the need for institutional reform in the roman catholic church. Continue Reading…

why jesus died.

mjkimpan  —  February 28, 2013 — 1 Comment

tonyjones
i’m not exactly sure why tony decided to don the fedora, but he looks better in it than i do.

yes, i’m jealous.

i’ve been wanting to get myself a fedora ever since i heard justin timberlake was coming to chicago in concert – with jay z – this summer.

i’m going to go see him.

but i won’t wear the fedora. it’s just not me.

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arithmetic.

mjkimpan  —  February 27, 2013 — 2 Comments

arithmetic
this past monday at our Living In The Tension gathering at The Marin Foundation, we talked about some of the tricky conversations surrounding biblical interpretation.

our discussion naturally led us down the path of such topics as bruno mars, butterflies and arithmetic.

i’ll briefly describe one of those here.
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to this day.

mjkimpan  —  February 26, 2013 — 4 Comments

tothisday
originally found on upworthy, the following video shows how the creative shane koyczan turned the pain of childhood bullying into this stunning video with the help of some incredibly talented people.

the message? words matter.

it’s well worth the 7 minutes. enjoy.

(dis)grace.

mjkimpan  —  February 25, 2013 — 6 Comments

protest
before the weekend, a friend of mine linked this article from the local newspaper of the community from whence i came, outlining some of the (un)christian behavior that often accompanies the name of jesus in the public marketplace.

she wrote on her facebook wall,

‘As a Christian, I hate that we are often labeled “hypocrites” by society… but then I read stories like this and I know why we have that label.’

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just the tips.

mjkimpan  —  February 22, 2013 — 3 Comments

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on thursday, my friend tony jones did a good job explaining the internet buzz surrounding #RickWarrenTips, a ridiculously hilarious and popular meme which trended on twitter for hours.

it started with one of rick’s regular tweets, and took off from there ::

as folks picked up on the ‘can’t explain all the reasons here’ line, a hashtag was created and a trend was born. it lasted for hours, until rick joined in on the action of #RickWarrenTips. here’s how the trend died :: Continue Reading…