ADVENTurous theology.

mjkimpan  —  November 29, 2012 — 23 Comments

yesterday, my mildly progressive friend tony jones posed a question on his THEOBLOGY blog :: why an incarnation?

just in time for advent, tony asked his readers to describe ‘what the Incarnation tells us about God, human beings, creation, the Cosmos, the End Times, Heaven, Hell, salvation, or anything else… from a Progressive Christian perspective.’

no big deal.

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all things.

mjkimpan  —  November 28, 2012 — 16 Comments

as i relayed the details of a past of which i’m not proud, my new friends listened intently. it’s never easy to be openly vulnerable with the dark corners of the past. some pieces of my history i’ve left far behind, and others linger in their effect on my every day life.

still, as i spoke, we each sensed a truth that was present in the conversation ::

‘The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.

Beautiful people do not just happen.’
— elisabeth kübler-ross

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‘The response to war is to live like brothers and sisters. The response to injustice is to share. The response to despair is a limitless trust and hope. The response to prejudice and hatred is forgiveness.

To work for community is to work for humanity. To work for peace is to work for a true political solution; it is to work for the Kingdom of God. It is to work to enable every one to live and taste the secret joys of the human person united to the eternal.’
–jean vanier



mjkimpan  —  November 26, 2012 — 14 Comments

last evening #thecrux met for a post-thanksgiving meal, to remember the journey God has taken the group on over the last three years, and to celebrate what lies ahead. these final thoughts are (essentially) what i left with our community and its new leaders in a mini-speech last night ::

time and time again, i’ve been told by students and adults alike who have experienced what is known as #thecrux that we have something special, something sacred.

something odd.

you are a relevant and safe community that understands there is a simplicity on the  other side of complexity, aware of all of the various interpretations and theological perspectives and complicated systems of thinking and analyzing and yet maintains a clear, resolute sense that jesus is doing something in the world and we are invited to join his movement.

that jesus is ultimately not a proposition you intellectually assent to but a person you say ‘yes’ to.

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mjkimpan  —  November 23, 2012 — 18 Comments

as advent approaches (a week late, this year), i find myself continually rehashing the following thoughts from brian mclaren’s most recent work, why did jesus, moses, the buddha, and mohammed cross the road? :: christian identity in a multi-faith world on the topic ::

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turkey day.

mjkimpan  —  November 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

what if, this year, we weren’t just thankful at the table, but tomorrow as well?


mjkimpan  —  November 21, 2012 — 20 Comments

sometimes, hermeneutics can be tricky. we’ve discussed some of the basic rules of biblical interpretation here at the WayWard follower before, mainly that context and usage determine meaning.

even still, the ‘rules’ we apply to passages often introduce problems to our exegesis.

yet these problems often matter a great deal.

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‘a heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.’
— gotthold ephraim lessing


nope. neither.

mjkimpan  —  November 19, 2012 — 14 Comments

it was an exciting time for the people of God. after wandering in the wilderness for forty years, they had come up to the jordan river – the barrier that protected the people of canaan against an invasion of their land – and crossed. the inhabitants of the land had heard of the miracle of these israelites crossing on dry land and filed behind the mysterious ark of the covenant the jews made with their God, YHVH. their hearts melted.

joshua had recently taken the mantle of leadership from their prophet moses, and had his blessing to bring these people into the land that had been promised so many years before to their forefather, abraham.

after celebrating the sign of their covenant with God – a painful yet  productive endeavor – the manna which had systematically fallen from the sky ceased, and the people for the first time ate fruits in the land of their enemies.

these were exciting times indeed.

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do better.

mjkimpan  —  November 16, 2012 — 14 Comments

one prominent church leader recently publicly stated, ‘we will strive to be a community that welcomes all who hate their sin and struggle against it, even when that struggle involves failures and setbacks.’

many proclaimed that message was hopeful and helpful in extending the grace of God to others.

is that the best we can do?

i believe we can do better.

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