it’s coming!

mjkimpan  —  October 26, 2012 — 38 Comments

every once in awhile, something exciting happens in my life.

sometimes the surprises are welcome – and other times they’re just about the worst thing i could imagine. you never know, with me. often the surprises aren’t predictable… but then there are times when i can see it coming – and like the final tile in a row of dominos, i just brace myself for its impact.

this coming monday, i have an announcement to make – one that is both surprising and welcome. be sure to subscribe to the blog or check back to find out what it is – and come along this journey with me.

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be wise.

mjkimpan  —  October 25, 2012 — 14 Comments

the rhetoric has been amping up.

in the realm of politics as well as in religious communities (not to mention the toxic blend of both on social media), many seem to feel a pressing need to express themselves with incessant and boisterous resolve.

i’ve tried to be wise and keep quiet, for the most part – and though i have strong opinions on a number of pressing issues during this election season, i’m doing my best not to get sucked into the politics of this kingdom while claiming to be part of a different one.

as i’ve mentioned before here at the WayWard follower there is a glaring contradiction between how our political system operates and the faith so many claim it’s built on – and even more recently promoted an opportunity for those in the church on both sides of the political spectrum to come together and celebrate what we have in common.

but sometimes we have to learn to just keep our mouths shut and avoid (or stop) saying ridiculous, provocative, unhelpful, intolerant, divisive, immature and insecure things.

it’s a hard balance to know when to speak your mind and when to hold your tongue – but i’m trying to be wise and at least avoid the vitriolic political debates taking place on the facebook walls of some of my friends, post pictures with the sole purpose of promoting hatred of a particular candidate and fear mongering, and to keep out of conversations i know nothing about.

it’d be great if we all did.

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wild hope.

mjkimpan  —  October 24, 2012 — 28 Comments

‘If you’re part of [the Kingdom of God] you won’t be blindly patriotic and compliant… instead you’ll be willing to confront justice, even at the cost of your life. You won’t nestle snugly into the status quo but seek to undermine the way things are to welcome the way things could and should be. If you’re part of this kingdom, you begin to live in a way that some will say is stupid and naive but others might see in your way of life the courageous and wild hope that could heal and transform the world.’
— brain d. mclaren


mjkimpan  —  October 23, 2012 — 31 Comments

while meeting with rob bell for his 2day event, he shared a recent conversation that he had recently over dinner with brian mclaren. brian had said that what he found most enriching, most encouraging and fulfilling in his own spiritual journey was ‘celebrating the eucharist and confessing my sins.’

the room’s silence was broken with a well-timed sentence from rob ::

‘wow. that guy is dangerous…’

this cheeky and sarcastic comment was met with laughter in the room made up of folks whom had not missed the beauty of brian’s recent realization. what is more dangerous than any question asked or any tradition challenged is the ‘group-ish-ness‘ that is so painfully evident within our churches and communities.

this in/out, us/them, right/wrong mentality is seemingly never more starkly apparent than during an election season.

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‘Jesus says again and again, this kingdom advances neither with violence nor bloodshed, with neither hatred nor revenge. This kingdom advances slowly, quietly, under the surface – like yeast in dough, like a seed in soil. It advances with faith :: when people believe it is true, it becomes true. It advances with reconciling, forgiving love :: when people love strangers and enemies, the kingdom gains ground.’

— the secret message of jesus, brian d. mclaren

gaining ground.

answer me!

mjkimpan  —  October 19, 2012 — 26 Comments

i’ve had more than a handful of conversations in which folks have attempted to pin me down to a particular set of beliefs – ranging from hot topics like who ‘goes’ to heaven and who ‘goes’ to hell, to infant baptism, to the myriad of questions that arise within the context of the church when talking about homosexuality.

i rarely give the answer they want – even when they suspect they ‘know’ my theological or philosophical position. i find myself (more often than not) leaning toward nuanced language and avoiding drawing clear lines in the sand. our western addiction to dualistic, binary, yes/no || true/false thinking leads conversations to demands for clarity.

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mjkimpan  —  October 18, 2012 — 33 Comments

words matter.

particularly when discussing what we believe, the words we choose to use (or not) are pregnant with deep meaning. when we refuse to explore and acknowledge this truth, we potentially miss out on a fuller understanding of what it is we are in fact subscribing to.

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(anti) anti-bullying?

mjkimpan  —  October 17, 2012 — 18 Comments

the jesus of the bible is the God-man who in the incarnation stepped into humanity and spent the recorded years of his public ministry standing in solidarity with the oppressed and the marginalized. he is a friend of sinners.

it was so surprising to the religious leaders of his day that he would dare to align himself with those who had been pushed to the outside that they actually plotted to kill him.

because of the radical hospitality of jesus and the example of his grace and kindness toward all people, anytime an organization claiming to promote the values and message of jesus stands up to fight against an anti-bullying campaign, a few eyebrows are sure to raise.

and some questions should be asked.

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this is pure.

mjkimpan  —  October 16, 2012 — 7 Comments

news of the rabbi who taught a radical redemption was spreading well beyond the religious community. the common people followed him in hoards, hoping to hear his healing teaching – or even experience the touch of his hand.

jesus made his way through jericho – the place joshua and the people of israel saw the city’s walls of self-protection fall down, making way for a new kingdom. it had been the home of king david’s great grandmother, the whore restored, rahab.

the crowd pressed in as jesus walked along the road, hanging on his every word.

the region’s most notorious traitor – zaccheus – hurried along trying to break through the crowd to catch a peek at this problematic prophet. it was rumored jesus encouraged his followers to live lives tilted toward grace, not judgement; reconciliation, not separation; radical hospitality, not exclusion.

some said he had even restored sight to those who were blind.

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mjkimpan  —  October 15, 2012 — 18 Comments

‘the unity of diversity first starts with an identity found in commitment to solidarity with the Other.’

what do you think about this statement?