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…

webb.

mjkimpan  —  August 16, 2012 — 21 Comments


the always creative, ever-innovative derek webb is back at it again.  though the album’s release date is about a month away, derek has made his new (un)released album, Ctrl available for the faithful at his website.

the following lyrics come from derek webb’s new (un)released album, Ctrl.   give it a read, take a listen.

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(pro)verbs.

mjkimpan  —  August 15, 2012 — 17 Comments

remember yesterday’s post? this is about that.

love requires positive action.

it is impossible to love without showing love.

when compassionate action is not present, love is absent.

love is more than a feeling. as dc talk would say, ‘love is a verb.’

(mark the date down on your calendar. i’ll never again reference dc talk in this conversation.)

sometimes, the ‘action’ required is speaking up for those you love.

speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
–proverbs 31:8,9

and that’s what i intend to do.

 

imagine.

mjkimpan  —  August 14, 2012 — 32 Comments

remember when i said that the whole chick-fil-a thing brought out the worst in us?

here’s some proof.

the following video is from pat robertson on the 700 club, saying he wishes ‘those [gay rights] demonstrators would just shut their mouths.’

that, after he had already made the argument,

‘i defy these homosexuals to bring forth a baby from that part of the anatomy which they concentrate on.’

i’m not making this up. watch for yourself ::

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tasteless.

mjkimpan  —  August 12, 2012 — 30 Comments


my schedule this year didn’t allow me to watch as much of the 2012 olympics as i would have liked. that, and the fact i don’t own a working television.

still, i was able to keep up with athletics across the pond through my twitter feed. and though i enjoyed watching what bits of international competition i was able to sneak in at my future in-laws house, i equally enjoyed following#olympics tweets that allowed me to ‘keep up’ with the goings-on in london.

i had a particular affection for the snark of jen hatmaker, who quickly became my favorite news anchor for everything from women gymnastics to diving. here are a few of my favorites from her ::

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rawr.

mjkimpan  —  August 10, 2012 — 16 Comments


it’s not the devil i’m afraid of, it’s me.  i’m much more dangerous.

so often, we blame satan for things – he’s attacking us. he’s tempting us. he’s after us.  if we’re not all prayed up, he’s gonna ‘get us.’

like the boogeyman.

the devil made me do it.’

do we really think we’re all that important?  out of all of the things he could be worried about, do we really believe that satan is concerning himself with us?  doesn’t the devil himself have better things to do?

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