like a boss.

mjkimpan  —  November 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

he’s my boss, in fact.

check out this video for an online video conference called the NINES from andrew marin from The Marin Foundation. he discusses the philosophy of a ‘come as you are‘ culture.

andrew spoke with a grace and clarity regarding bridge building between the church and gay community that we would all do well to hear. as i tweeted the day this aired,

(and if you’re interested in partnering with me and The Marin Foundation, click here)

peace, patience and unity.

mjkimpan  —  November 8, 2012 — 7 Comments


if jesus were leading us in a specific direction today, which path would he be taking us on ::

• the path toward peace and unity, or
•  the path toward discord and division?

it seems to me the choice is obvious.

‘but jesus caused discord! the truth of the gospel brings division!’

as i study the gospels, i find the reality is much more uncomfortable than that.

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rebuilding.

mjkimpan  —  November 7, 2012 — 13 Comments


last night, after the voting polls had closed and ballots came pouring in as news stations around the country frantically tallied projected winners, christians from diverse traditions gathered around the table across our country to celebrate what we have in common, understanding in the center of our different politics and potential disagreements that

we. are. one.

we together realized, no matter the election results, while there are blood and tears and heartaches and arguments and banter that there is hope :: we eventually do meet the resurrected christ and can even now see him in each other – and it is real and true and

he. is. present.

God. with us. emmanuel.

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the difference.

mjkimpan  —  November 6, 2012 — 10 Comments


‘is it any wonder – when people are more likely to receive grace, acceptance, forgiveness and restoration at the corner pub than they are to receive the same at church – that our bars are full and our churches in decline?’

i fear this dynamic has less to do with our theology and much more to do with our hospitality toward the Other. certainly the former effects the later, but the fact remains :: people are less interested in what we believe and have much greater interest in how we will treat them.

and like it or not, our churches don’t exactly have a reputation for being the most accepting and loving places in the world.

the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.

if we can commit to following the example jesus sets for us of standing in solidarity with the Other – those who have been marginalized and pushed to the edges – even with those with whom we may not agree – then perhaps we’ll begin to become known for the love by which christ encouraged us to be identified. you can make a difference in your faith community. be the difference.

what things can you do to ensure that your church is accepting and loving of all people?

 

pneuma.

mjkimpan  —  November 5, 2012 — 14 Comments

an eclipsed moon was eerily peering through the gate of the old city, adding to the aura of stealth on an otherwise black night.

faint shadows chased his every step, casting images on the sandstone city walls. more than once nicodemus spun around expecting to be seen.

he couldn’t quite shake the feeling he was being followed.

fear haunted the decorated member of the sanhedrin as he crept toward his clandestine meeting with the rabbi. the darkness of the night engulfed him as he made his way up the steps to their determined meeting place. exposure could ruin everything.

‘what is it you seek?’

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the ask.

mjkimpan  —  November 2, 2012 — 16 Comments


this week, i made an announcement and declared i’ll be devoting the next few posts throughout this week to helping others understand my journey toward my exciting new position at The Marin Foundation – the very first organization that works to build a bridge between the religious and LGBT communities in a non-threatening, research and biblically oriented fashion.

yesterday’s post was when i’ll be going to chicago and what i’ll be doing with The Marin Foundation. today’s post is what you can do to help be a part of this new chapter in my life.

i can’t do this without you. i need your help. there are three things i am asking ::

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dream job.

mjkimpan  —  November 1, 2012 — 15 Comments


this week, i made an announcement and declared i’ll be devoting the next few posts throughout this week to helping others understand my journey toward my exciting new position at The Marin Foundation.

yesterday’s post was about how the past three years at richwoods have prepared me for this new opportunity.

today’s post is when i’ll be going to chicago and what i’ll be doing with The Marin Foundation.

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a place at the table.

mjkimpan  —  October 31, 2012 — 6 Comments


this week, i made an announcement and declared i’ll be devoting the next few posts throughout this week to helping others understand my journey toward my exciting new position at The Marin Foundation.

yesterday’s post highlighted why i’m so deeply grateful for my time at richwoods.

today’s post is about how the past three years at richwoods have prepared me for this new opportunity.

when i arrived in peoria, my goal was to re-enter and immerse myself into a faith community, which i hoped would result as a form of reference for a full time ministry position somewhere else. i had no intention of staying.

within a handful of weeks, it became increasingly apparent to me that i had found a home. not just in peoria (as great as it is, i’ve always missed chicago), but in the context of relationships with people who were deeply invested in my well being and spiritual growth. i found a place at the table – where in the midst of my mess, i was accepted, welcomed and affirmed.

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richwoods.

mjkimpan  —  October 30, 2012 — 16 Comments


yesterday, i made an announcement and declared i’ll be devoting the next few posts throughout this week to helping others understand my journey toward my exciting new position at The Marin Foundation.

today’s post is why i’m so deeply grateful for my time at richwoods.

richwoods christian church has served as an oasis to my soul during a desert of disheartened illusions toward the christian faith of my earlier years.

after experiencing the unparalleled heartache and frustration of watching my well-formed theologies crumble in the reality of life (some of which i outlined here), i continually encountered a less than christian christianity.

it seemed the grace with which jesus so easily navigated his relationships with people seemed to be missed by many of those surrounding me who claimed to follow him. when i needed community most, the church turned its back on me.

this broke my heart, and destroyed my faith.

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an announcement.

mjkimpan  —  October 29, 2012 — 41 Comments


life moves in seasons. some are painful, some joyful. regardless of our attachment to these seasons, they each come to an end, and give way to a new chapter of our lives being written – with or without our consent and approval.

in the words of solomon in his writing of the wisdom after proverbs ::

there is an appointed time for everything. and there is a time for every event under heaven.

a time to be born and to die; to plant and uproot that which has been planted; to kill and to heal; to weep and to laugh, to mourn and to dance.

there is a time to throw stones and to gather what has been thrown; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing; a time to search diligently for that which has been lost and a time to admit ‘it isn’t coming back.’

a time to keep and throw away; a time to tear apart and to mend together; a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time for war, and a time for peace.

in short, there is a time for everything.

now is, for me, an ushering in of a new time, a new season. this new and exciting chapter in my life is an opportunity to utilize my skills, passions, experiences and education – to embark on a new challenge for which i have seen God preparing me for some time.

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