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

solidarity :: fragments.

mjkimpan  —  September 27, 2012 — 8 Comments


this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the life and teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other.

for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime… i’ve got fragments from a few verses.

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solidarity :: abominations.

mjkimpan  —  September 26, 2012 — 53 Comments


this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the life and teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other.

for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime… let’s talk about the abominations.

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this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other. for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime… let’s talk about well-intentioned faith.
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this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other. for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime… i’ve got an Acts to grind.

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solidarity :: the 8 ball.

mjkimpan  —  September 20, 2012 — 58 Comments


this post is a continuation of our solidarity series in which we are exploring the teachings of jesus in relation to his commitment to the Other. for those interested in measuring the orthodoxy of such an adventure, click here to see my theological non-negotiables.

in the meantime…

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solidarity.

mjkimpan  —  September 19, 2012 — 159 Comments


many of my readers are aware of a recently released and important book, authored by someone whose influence on my own way of thinking and being as a follower of God in the way of jesus cannot be overstated.

brian mclaren’s most recent work, why did jesus, moses, the buddha, and mohammed cross the road? :: christian identity in a multi-faith world has been critically acclaimed as his most important work to date, and is equally likely (not surprisingly) to be the most disruptive yet to the conservative american evangelical status quo.

in characteristic skillful prose, mclaren poses questions that point us toward a strong, benevolent christian identity in a multi-faith world. still, many of his critics would declare some of his wonderings wander beyond the boundaries of orthodoxy. mclaren himself reflects,

The deeper question is not whether revision [to doctrines, the church calendar, et cetera] is allowed, but rather whether [it] as it is currently practiced is actually working. Is it producing Christians with a strong and benevolent identity? If not, then how, in these critical times, could we possibly justify not revising it?

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