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.’

you know, our neighbors. the ‘Other.’  Continue Reading…

(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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basics :: essentials.

mjkimpan  —  September 12, 2012 — 165 Comments


in the past several days, we’ve introduced our basics series at the WayWard follower. the stated purpose has been to articulate for my readers where i stand on certain theological tenet, declaring a ‘water-line’ of sorts for future conversations.

in the last two posts, we’ve paved the way for better understanding our history as 21st century christians, specified here and here.

and now we’re getting into the good stuff.

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basics :: some (more) history.

mjkimpan  —  September 11, 2012 — 24 Comments

today’s post is a follow up to this one, and part of our basics series. the purpose is to articulate for my readers where i stand on certain theological tenants, declaring a sort of ‘water-line’ for future conversations here at the WayWard follower.

it’s nearly time to explore some theological non-negotiables, but before doing so we need to understand how we got here in the first place. as we saw yesterday,

every theological statement is a response
to a perceived theological threat.

in the first part of this post, i concluded that as a result of the adoption of nicene christianity as the official religion of the roman empire in the 4th century, religious responsibility became synonymous with political power as the lines between building God’s kingdom of a new way and expanding power and influence of the roman empire muddied.

additionally, worship in the church began to be increasingly influenced by imperial protocol. Continue Reading…

basics :: some history.

mjkimpan  —  September 10, 2012 — 24 Comments


this post is a continuation of our basics series in which i seek to articulate for my readers where i stand on some of the more basic theological tenants. as stated in the introduction, my intent is to develop a sort of ‘water-line’ for future conversations here the WayWard follower, particularly as it relates to my current understanding of the orthodox tenants of my christian faith. after laying out some core commitments and convictions in this conversation, it’s nearly time to explore some theological non-negotiables.

but how i got here is important. history is important.

every theological statement is a response
to a perceived theological threat.

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basics :: some commitments.

mjkimpan  —  September 7, 2012 — 35 Comments


this post is a continuation of our basics series in which i seek to articulate for my readers where i stand on some of the more basic theological tenants. as stated in my post yesterday, my intent is to develop a sort of ‘water-line’ for future conversations here the WayWard follower, particularly as it relates to my current understanding of the orthodox tenants of my christian faith.

but before i put myself in the theological hot seat, i want to share three fundamental commitments which have helped shape my doctrinal perspective. although i recognize the importance of theology and doctrine, i am increasingly made more acutely aware of the importance of certain commitments and convictions in how i view the world and my role in it as an ambassador of reconciliation.

for that purpose, and in the spirit of the apostle paul’s discourse on the primary position of love combined with my core conviction that without a commitment to others our faith is just a noisy imitation and its value is reduced to nothing, i begin with the following commitments of a way of being, informed by scripture and the combined wisdom of more mature believers than myself :: Continue Reading…