(dis)grace.

mjkimpan  —  February 25, 2013 — 6 Comments

protest
before the weekend, a friend of mine linked this article from the local newspaper of the community from whence i came, outlining some of the (un)christian behavior that often accompanies the name of jesus in the public marketplace.

she wrote on her facebook wall,

‘As a Christian, I hate that we are often labeled “hypocrites” by society… but then I read stories like this and I know why we have that label.’

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just the tips.

mjkimpan  —  February 22, 2013 — 3 Comments

twittericon
on thursday, my friend tony jones did a good job explaining the internet buzz surrounding #RickWarrenTips, a ridiculously hilarious and popular meme which trended on twitter for hours.

it started with one of rick’s regular tweets, and took off from there ::

as folks picked up on the ‘can’t explain all the reasons here’ line, a hashtag was created and a trend was born. it lasted for hours, until rick joined in on the action of #RickWarrenTips. here’s how the trend died :: Continue Reading…

consider.

mjkimpan  —  February 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

what do you think?

POST UPDATE :: tony jones replied to this tweet stating his disagreement and wrote a blog post about it – worth reading!

big fish.

mjkimpan  —  February 20, 2013 — 5 Comments

jonah
i own one VeggieTales DVD.

it’s josh and the big wallbecause i like that the french peas of jericho attempt to deter the children of israel in this vegetarian interpretation of the conquest narrative with slushies.

i’ve always liked slushies.

i’ve always disliked peas.

i’m ambivalent about the french.

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one voice.

mjkimpan  —  February 19, 2013 — 2 Comments

languages
this past week andrew and i had the privilege of sitting in on a spiritual formation class at a higher education institution in portland, oregon.

our friend tony kriz, author of neighbors and wise men :: sacred encounters in a portland pub and other unexpected places had invited us to speak with his students about our own journeys in elevating the conversation with the gay community beyond the back-and-forth, right/wrong polarizing rhetoric that so often dominates these discussions.

during our time together, tony made an interesting observation as he supplemented a statement i had made concerning standing in solidarity with the Other – celebrating the diversity with which our humanity is expressed rather than demanding homogeneity in values, practice and belief.

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jet-setting.

mjkimpan  —  February 18, 2013 — 2 Comments

jetsetting
this week i had ample time on flights across the country to read a number of books that were recommended to me by friends.

here are a few i’ve read in recent days :: Continue Reading…

rob and i.

mjkimpan  —  February 15, 2013 — 3 Comments

robandi
rob bell is dropping a new book.

what we talk about when we talk about God‘ explores, essentially this idea ::

‘God is not behind us – dragging us backwards into some primitive, regressive state. God has always been ahead of us, pulling us forward – into greater and greater peace, integration, wholeness and love.’

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time.

mjkimpan  —  February 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

time
two quotes.

first, mother teresa once said,

‘if you judge people, you have no time to love them.’

and second,

‘by this all people will know you are my disciples :: if you have love for one another.’
–jesus

so… what are you spending your time doing?

exclusion.

mjkimpan  —  February 13, 2013 — 16 Comments

exclusion
God dignifies all of humanity, and asks us to do the same. even (perhaps especially?) those who are different.

tracing the overarching narrative of scripture, one can see even in the midst of the evolving jewish understanding of the character of God a progression or evolution in the elevation of the Other –

You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.’

You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.’

Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

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WWJD…really?

mjkimpan  —  February 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

wwjd
The phrase ‘What would Jesus do?’ (often abbreviated to WWJD) became increasingly popular in the 1990s and many Evangelical Christians used this phrase as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act like him, often wearing bracelets to remind them to consider that question in the midst of their daily decision making.

But as my friend is fond of saying, many of us make assumptions as to what Jesus would actually do based on our accepted method of engagement some 2,000 years removed from Christ, rather than spending time studying and pouring over the record available to us in the gospels to see what he actually did

This is why Joel will stop conversations, whip out his beat up bible, and diligently search the pages of the New Testament. He is committed to finding out what Jesus actually did do, and instructing his own words and behavior accordingly.

His commitment to this task inspires me – and it’s a habit I’ve attempted to implement in my own life – daily spending time in the gospels, looking at the life of Jesus and patterning my own actions in response.

As I’ve done so, I’ve solidified an under-preached truth ::

Jesus upset the cultural norms for the purpose of standing in solidarity with the Other.

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