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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fear factor.

mjkimpan  —  January 31, 2013 — 4 Comments

fearfactor

 

which do you think frightens us more ::

• fear of what we don’t know and understand? OR

• fear of losing what we already do know and understand?

what do you think?

don’t tell anyone.

mjkimpan  —  January 30, 2013 — 9 Comments

bullhorn
jesus and the twelve had made the 25 mile trek off the shores of the sea of galilee, and stopped to rest outside the district of caesarea. they sat along the fallen rocks on the side of the dust-filled road, their cloaks musty with the sweat of travel.

amidst their discussion and reminiscing of the miraculous discovery of the bushelfuls filled with bread to feed the crowds in previous towns, hunger had crept in. lucky for them, the sons of zebedee had purchased an ample supply of figs for the journey.

sitting in a circle under the nearly setting sun, they ate and laughed together.

jesus, always one to turn the discussion toward something significant, asked his disciples ::

who do people say i am?

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a glimpse.

mjkimpan  —  January 29, 2013 — 7 Comments

glimpse
I grew up without a television.

That’s only partially true, actually.  For the first five years of my life, we had one, before my mother cast it out declaring, ‘TV is the playground of the devil!’  I have faint memories of fights with my sister Laura on which show we would watch – I wanted to watch Zorro carve his signature Z into the backsides of Spanish soldiers, while she had a propensity for Little House on the Prairie.

She won often.  At least three nights a week, I was subjected to imagining life in the late 19th century as a farmer in Walnut Grove rather than as a wealthy, clever-thinking, freelancing, crime-fighting-bandito in the Spanish colonial era of California.

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proximity
it is impossible to advance the message of reconciliation without being in proximity to and relationship with those who’ve been marginalized. proximity to and relationship with the marginalized creates in us an ability to see beyond generalized stereotypes that have too often led to the dehumanization and demonization of those known as ‘Other.’

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MLK.

mjkimpan  —  January 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

watch. listen. be inspired. be convicted. be challenged. be changed.

GI jane.

mjkimpan  —  January 24, 2013 — 5 Comments

GI jane
yesterday, secretary of defense leon panetta was reported by the associated press as

‘removing the military’s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.’

SBC blogger dennis burke suggested this egalitarian move was evidence of the ‘Undoing of Civilization.’

my response?

it is interesting that the ‘undoing of civilization’ has to do with gender roles and not the fact that we’re in a constant state of war.

what do you think?

paint

i’ve recently been talking with a friend who also attended the 2Days with Rob Bell event in laguna – although he and i went on different weeks, we each shared a very positive experience – and not just because of being on the beach.

in our discussions we’ve reminisced about some of the lessons we individually took back with us to our respective communities, recounting little phrases rob had uttered that stuck.

‘who you are not is not interesting.’

‘create a culture of words, and move from word to flesh. live incarnationally – and help those you lead to the same.’

‘ i believe the best story wins.’

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no purpose.

mjkimpan  —  January 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

parentaladvisory
i literally was shaking my head.

scrolling through my twitter feed (a potentially fatal mistake on inauguration day), i saw some hullaballoo over yet another classic from @PastorMark ::

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i’m divorced.

mjkimpan  —  January 21, 2013 — 10 Comments

divorce
i’m divorced.

i wish that i wasn’t. but that doesn’t change anything.

it’s a stigma in some circles – and over time i’ve learned to remove myself from relationships where i’m treated as ‘less than’ for mistakes of my past.

that’s not grace.

yet even in communities full of grace – the fact remains :: i failed at my first marriage.

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