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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mjkimpan  —  October 4, 2012 — 36 Comments

in my experience, we learn best when we engage in rich, thoughtful conversations that explore the great tensions of life and faith.

i’ve also found this cannot happen in isolation, but must take place within the context of community.

over the past few days i’ve made some new friends – friends who speak a common language and share a sense that God is up to something.

something bigger, something more. some might call it a movement. i’ve even heard it called a revolution.

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red letter revolution.

mjkimpan  —  October 3, 2012 — 21 Comments

 what if jesus really meant what he said?

that’s a question that can get you into a lot of trouble.

ironically, a good portion of that trouble tends to come from inside the religious community, because taking a serious look at the words highlighted in red in the sacred text seems to cause questions that are easily seen as meddling with the status quo.

but then again – the same thing happened when jesus spoke those red letters in the first place.

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two things.

mjkimpan  —  October 2, 2012 — 27 Comments

‘you have a choice :: see God here or not; see salvation, or see only human courage; see the divine subtly at work, or see chance.’
— lauren winner

‘because sometimes we need to drop what we’re doing, step out of our routine, breathe in some fresh air and be reminded that we signed up for a revolution.’
— rob bell 

i’ll be taking the next couple of days to remind myself of why i’m here – and keep my eyes peeled for God at work in its midst.

the fan.

mjkimpan  —  October 1, 2012 — 31 Comments

last week we explored the call and concept of solidarity; specifically, that concept as it is found in the life and teachings of jesus.

which leads us to the (in)convenient crux of decision as christ followers. if jesus’ way is clearly tilted toward compassion, healing, acceptance, forgiveness, inclusion and love (from beginning to end), how is it that we as his followers are known primarily by a theology of exclusion, rejection, constriction, elitism and condemnation?

why are the types of people who were drawn to jesus repulsed by his followers? why are christians most often defined by what they stand against, rather than the love by which christ commanded them to be known?

something has gone terribly wrong.

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solidarity :: conclusion.

mjkimpan  —  September 28, 2012 — 17 Comments

my desired perspective in the conclusion of our solidarity series ::

‘rather than being disappointed in less than complete agreement or understanding, i’ll be grateful for even small steps we can take together in challenging dangerous features of the status quo and opening up better possibilities for the future.’

— brian d. mclaren