mercy.

mjkimpan  —  August 30, 2012 — 22 Comments


dave matthews and his band came out with another winner.

as i watched the music video and listened to the lyrics, the question occurred to me ::

what would it look like if the church lived like this? Continue Reading…

hell. well?

mjkimpan  —  August 29, 2012 — 33 Comments


hell. it’s a hot topic.

there are multiple perspectives on hell, each subscribing (whether consciously or unconsciously) to a different interpretation of scripture.

with several different views floating around (on any topic), each claiming to have biblical support, asking questions such as what does what i believe about hell tell me about what i believe about God? seems to be a good idea.

the fascinating thing is, as pointed out last year when rob bell wrote love wins, many christians get a little jumpy when you start asking questions about hell. Continue Reading…

mirror, mirror.

mjkimpan  —  August 28, 2012 — 7 Comments


where sin abounds…

i’ve often found myself in denial of my own depravity, ignoring the seriousness of my own sin.

i rarely find myself offering the same oversight toward the shortcomings of others.

particularly when there’s an emotional investment at risk, we become self-protective and point out how we’ve been wronged and wounded by others. we demand some form of punitive justice merely to make ourselves feel better.

time to take a look in the mirror. Continue Reading…

gospel of relationship.

mjkimpan  —  August 27, 2012 — 9 Comments


the following blog post is another of our bridges discussion series here at the WayWard follower. the purpose of our bridges series is to generate discussion amongst guest authors and our collective readers — to serve as a forum of elevated dialogue and constructive conversation between groups that may have different perspectives on important issues to the church.

this post in our bridges discussion series comes from janet lynn trevino elizarraraz, with whom i went to moody bible institute – back before i became considered a bit of a heretic by some others at that great institution. you can find more of janet’s writing at The Mennonite.

gospel of relationship.

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our father.

mjkimpan  —  August 24, 2012 — 16 Comments


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tragic news this morning from two cities – CNN reports gunfire outside the empire state building in new york city and the chicago tribune reports 19 shot dead overnight in my hometown of chicago.

as i posted the above links on my facebook page, almost immediately a topic came up :: gun control.

a friend of mine suggested the answer to the shootings is the concealed carry.  despite the fact that i grew up in a home with guns (an undisclosed family member has several vaults full of shotguns, hunting rifles,  pistols, laser sights on semi-automatics and automatic weapons) and enjoy shooting myself, as a follower of jesus i have concerns with that response.

is the answer to violence more violence?

what does jesus say?

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dirty.

mjkimpan  —  August 23, 2012 — 24 Comments

God wants you to get dirty.

we often fool ourselves into believing the sanitized lie that we’re all cleaned up. we posture and present ourselves to have it all together, when in reality we are chasing after a false definition of life – or desperately avoiding a false definition of death.

this pursuit of a false identity defines us and hinders our ability to grow. ‘getting all cleaned up’ is really just a mask. we’re play acting. hiding. faking. running.

it’s hard to partner with God in the tilling of the soil of our hearts.

our hands get dirty. and God wants that.

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scribe.

mjkimpan  —  August 22, 2012 — 17 Comments


lately i’ve been asked, with increasing frequency, to share all that i’ve written on the topic of homosexuality.  in the interest of full disclosure, this post is merely a link-fest of all that i’ve publicly written on the topic since i began blogging in december of 2009.

the list is in descending chronological order.  feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section here or on any of these posts.

happy reading!

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transformers.

mjkimpan  —  August 21, 2012 — 30 Comments


we are called to love.  with no strings attached, with no promise of being accepted in return.  just to love.

the problem is more often than not, we hope there’s transformation.  deep down, we have an agenda.  we want the ‘other’ to become like us — to believe like us, behave like us and be like us.  we want transformation.
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2 days.

mjkimpan  —  August 20, 2012 — 24 Comments


last week, i got an email informing me that rob bell was back at it again.

two full days. with rob bell. at the beach. for $500.

i really can’t afford it.  i’m broke.  i can’t pay my bills as it is.

but something deep within compels, intrigues and inspires me to find a way.

so i sold a kidney* and now i’m going.

but… why?

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listen.

mjkimpan  —  August 17, 2012 — 35 Comments

he who has ears to hear, let him hear.

not long ago, i wrote a post asking for ideas on how to find a better way forward in the conversation between the evangelical and gay community.  there were several helpful comments (feel free to add yours here), one of which comes from a reader with an acute understanding of the missteps taken by many – and offers these words to those who desire to move forward :: Continue Reading…