solidarity :: fragments.

mjkimpan  —  September 27, 2012 — 8 Comments


this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the life and teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other.

for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime… i’ve got fragments from a few verses.

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solidarity :: abominations.

mjkimpan  —  September 26, 2012 — 53 Comments


this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the life and teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other.

for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime… let’s talk about the abominations.

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this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other. for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime… let’s talk about well-intentioned faith.
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this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other. for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime… i’ve got an Acts to grind.

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solidarity :: the 8 ball.

mjkimpan  —  September 20, 2012 — 58 Comments


this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other. for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime…

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solidarity.

mjkimpan  —  September 19, 2012 — 159 Comments


many of my readers are aware of a recently released and important book, authored by someone whose influence on my own way of thinking and being as a follower of God in the way of jesus cannot be overstated.

brian mclaren’s most recent work, why did jesus, moses, the buddha, and mohammed cross the road? :: christian identity in a multi-faith world has been critically acclaimed as his most important work to date, and is equally likely (not surprisingly) to be the most disruptive yet to the conservative american evangelical status quo.

in characteristic skillful prose, mclaren poses questions that point us toward a strong, benevolent christian identity in a multi-faith world. still, many of his critics would declare some of his wonderings wander beyond the boundaries of orthodoxy. mclaren himself reflects,

The deeper question is not whether revision [to doctrines, the church calendar, et cetera] is allowed, but rather whether [it] as it is currently practiced is actually working. Is it producing Christians with a strong and benevolent identity? If not, then how, in these critical times, could we possibly justify not revising it?

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hmmph.

mjkimpan  —  September 18, 2012 — 25 Comments

how far are you willing to go to follow the teachings of your church || your pastor || your faith tradition || your friends || the religious crowd jesus?

us and them.

mjkimpan  —  September 17, 2012 — 53 Comments


this whole ‘us versus them’ thing is getting a little old. the lines are more blurred than we care to realize – and certainly more than we care to admit.

these lines were blurred nearly 2,000 years ago. jesus really messed up that whole ‘in vs. out,’ ‘us vs. them’ dynamic.

no matter how hard we try to force his life and teachings into that box, God keeps getting out and extending his grace beyond our borders. and as we follow God in the way of jesus, we continually find ourselves forced out of the comfort zone of ‘us’ and into community with ‘them.’

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(un)patriotic.

mjkimpan  —  September 14, 2012 — 157 Comments


politics are ugly. especially in an election year.

recent polls show this election is heating up, and the fury with which each side expresses their views seemingly deepens every day. our twitter feeds are overrun with quips and jabs at the opposing side, and frankly our facebook pages have practically become a political obstacle course.

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1,000 words.

mjkimpan  —  September 13, 2012 — 33 Comments


a picture is worth a thousand words.

so rather than write a bunch, i’d like to paint a picture, loaning words that are not mine, but certainly could be ::

I’m deep into this thing we call Christianity. I also hope in the process that I’ve grown deeper into the simple way of Jesus, knowing that the two (Christianity and the way of Jesus) may or may not go together.

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