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?

sometimes, showing someone love is as simple as having a conversation.



mjkimpan  —  October 11, 2012 — 28 Comments

the jesus we encounter in the gospels is fascinating.

he’s usually up to more than we catch at first glance. speaking with the woman at the well; telling the story of the good samaritan; defending the woman caught in adultery; touching and healing the leper; restoring the crippled man in the synagogue; time and time again, we find jesus doing all sorts of interesting and surprising things, challenging the status quo.

there’s always more, not less, going on in the stories compiled in the gospels. it’s what’s so intriguing about jesus. it’s what draws me in as i study, seek, follow and walk with him.

he’s always up to something.

this, of course, is what got him into trouble with the religious leaders of his day – in fact, it got him killed.

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mjkimpan  —  October 10, 2012 — 21 Comments

we asked the bold question, ‘what if we lived incarnationally?’

time for some wordplay.

incarnationally = incarnation – ally.

we have an opportunity to get in on God’s movement from word to flesh if we are willing to be allies of the incarnation. our purpose must be to participate in the intentional and incarnational movement of God toward those who are not in a position of power or prestige, but are instead pushed to the fringes and treated as the Other.

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in• car• na• tion

mjkimpan  —  October 9, 2012 — 23 Comments

in• car• na• tion :: the movement from word to flesh

‘In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the logos was with God, and the logos was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it… The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world…

And the logos became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth… From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.’
–john 1:1-5, 9, 14, 16-18

we call this movement – from the divine toward humanity; from the holy toward the common; from the pure to the unclean – from word to flesh the incarnation.

force < fascination.

mjkimpan  —  October 8, 2012 — 17 Comments

‘how did we take the most revolutionary figure in human history – who said some of the most provocative, revolutionary things – and make it boring?’

good question.

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tag cloud.

mjkimpan  —  October 5, 2012 — 7 Comments

processing things internally often has an external appearance of having your head in the clouds.

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