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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me neither.

mjkimpan  —  August 9, 2012 — 31 Comments

it seemed no matter how they tried to trap jesus, he always managed to weasel out of being embarrassed in front of the crowds.

attempts by these students and teachers of the law to expose his heretical teachings most often failed miserably.  nearly every time, he would turn their own interpretation of the law against them, and public support of this revolutionary rabbi and his gospel of grace continued to grow.

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blinders.

mjkimpan  —  August 8, 2012 — 18 Comments

most of the bible is a history told by people living in lands occupied by conquering superpowers. it is a book written from the underside of power. it’s an oppression narrative. the majority of the Bible was written by a minority people living under the rule and reign of massive, mighty empires, from the egyptian empire to the babylonian empire to the persian empire to the assyrian empire to the roman empire.

this can make the bible a very difficult book to understand if you are reading it as a citizen of the the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. without careful study and reflection, and humility, it may even be possible to miss central themes of the scriptures.
–rob bell

context and usage determine meaning.  is it possible that perhaps the way we approach the sacred scriptures needs to be reinterpreted?  if so, in what ways?  if not, why not?
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an excerpt.

mjkimpan  —  August 7, 2012 — 25 Comments


i’m currently reading through chris seay’s the gospel according to jesus.  it resonates.

every few pages, i find something stirring in the deepest part of my soul.
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RELEVANT.

mjkimpan  —  August 6, 2012 — 169 Comments


wow. that chick-fil-a extravaganza last week exposed the worst in a lot of us.

about a week ago, RELEVANT magazine published an article i wrote on the chicken-chain-debacle calling out our seeming inability to dialogue with those with whom we disagree

(if you haven’t yet read the article, please go do so here and then come back. i’ll wait).

the response has been slightly overwhelming.

the piece has received more than just a little feedback :: over 10,000 shares on facebook and twitter (including the comments at relevant.com).

ten thousand. people. talking.

that’s a lot.

i don’t think that’s normal.

i’ve received facebook messages and emails from close friends and complete strangers – some praising me, some thanking me, some scolding me and others condemning me.

and although i’d like to believe interest in the piece was due to my masterful wordsmithing, i know better.  it was a good article, but it wasn’t that good. so, what’s the deal?

why were so many people talking about it?

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tribe.

mjkimpan  —  August 3, 2012 — 10 Comments

we wrote this awhile ago, for our college ministry #thecrux. we called it ‘a manifesto.’

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a story.

mjkimpan  —  August 2, 2012 — 28 Comments


there’s this story in the gospels that tells of a man who came to jesus and asked,

‘what must i do to inherit eternal life?’

this should capture our attention.  i mean, after all… this is THE BIG QUESTION, right?

how can we be ‘in’ with God? how can we know we’re not headed toward hell?

think about the question :: what must i do to inherit eternal life?

that question, answered by the son of God.

grab a pen and paper.  take note.  write this down.  pay attention.

his answer may surprise you.
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any ideas?

mjkimpan  —  August 1, 2012 — 35 Comments

today is Chick-fil-A appreciation day.  i think we’d all agree that this Chick-fil-A thing is getting old.  the gay vs. christians debate has grown tiresome.  both sides have their heels dug in, and they’re ready for battle - but quite honestly, this is getting a little embarrassing.

many of us are looking for a better way forward.

any ideas?

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