a coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
— mahatama ghandi

ghandi.

(UN)interesting.

mjkimpan  —  November 14, 2012 — 4 Comments


‘who you are not is uninteresting. tell us who you are.’
–rob bell

so often, we define ourselves by stating what (or who) we are against, rather than what or who we are for. and quite frankly, that’s just boring. tired. worn out. uninteresting.

i couldn’t care less to know where you are not. it’s simply unhelpful. i want to know where you are. the world doesn’t need more people to point fingers and place blame. rather than wrapping our identity up in what we don’t want to be defined as, perhaps it would better serve our purposes toward moving to a better future to actually paint one.

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(IN)sanity.

mjkimpan  —  November 13, 2012 — 23 Comments


i’ve written more than just a few posts on homosexuality and the church. some have caused a couple heated conversations between me and my friends and family, or even within my own faith community.

as i write this post i only hours ago got off the phone with someone who claimed that me moving forward in building bridges between the evangelical and gay community is evidence of the fact that i’m under ‘demonic oppression and influence.’

among other, less-pleasant things.

yikes.

and yet i keep writing.

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the nones.

mjkimpan  —  November 12, 2012 — 18 Comments

i could be wrong. i’ve been wrong before. lots of times. but…

i think God is up to something.

the number of americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. one in five americans – and 1/3 of adults under the age of 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentage ever in Pew Research Center polling. this growing conglomerate of atheists, agnostics, and ‘nothing in particular’ have been identified as the ‘nones.’

so, what is God up to?

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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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