jesus came to correct
our misconceptions about God.

when we believe God to be less
loving, gracious and benevolent
than christ,

we blaspheme.

 

fear not.

mjkimpan  —  December 3, 2015 — Leave a comment

banksy

last month, modern day truth-teller (some might call him ‘a prophet’) rob bell released a youtube video proclaiming some really good news for everyone. about a week ago, in the wake of the attacks in paris and elsewhere, rob released another.

amidst the swarms of senators and others arguing against accepting refugees fleeing the violence of ISIS for fear of bringing in the violence of ISIS across our borders, it seems we’ve lost touch with the reality that our nation has continuously claimed to be founded upon living into the principles of freedom and acceptance.

at the core of our country’s proclaimed ethos is the inscription upon the tablet of the statue of liberty – ironically given to us by the french in the summer of 1885 ::

Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

yet our fear paralyzes us.

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to create a desired reality,
simply live into a life of love.

the only limits are your own.

toilettrump

i admittedly read articles and blogs shared by those that espouse a much more conservative viewpoint than my own. often times it’s due to my desire to understand those with different perspectives. other times, it’s admittedly closer to ‘enemy surveillance’.

this past week was a bit of a both/and.

i read an article shared by a staunchly conservative, republican-supporting friend of mine in which the author claimed the GOP race has come down to the ‘final four’ – but in its march toward madness it ignores the candidate whom has been the front runner in every republican poll thus far – donald trump – but not for the reasons you might think.

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the gift of one’s full self – their presence –
may be the most powerful gift they could offer.

on syrian refugees.

mjkimpan  —  November 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

syria

in the aftermath of the ISIS attacks in paris and elsewhere last week, much has been written regarding immigration, national security and refugees – in particular syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country – and not all of it has been terribly encouraging.

just yesterday, the republican-led house of representatives passed a bill – despite promises of a veto by president obama – to suspend the admission of some 10,000 syrian refugees and then making additional stipulations for screening that have been called both ‘impractical and impossible’.

apart from the new legislation, every single republican candidate for president has come out against accepting syrian refugees. GOP presidential front runner donald trump upped the ante, making remarks reminiscent of the uprising of nazi germany by suggesting that he supports an effort to force american muslims to register themselves in a tracking database. ben carson compared syrian immigrants to ‘rabid dogs‘ and mike huckabee compared them to spoiled milk from chipotle, while fellow candidates ted cruz and jeb bush suggested that national immigration services accept ‘only christians‘ from syria and iraq – but not muslims.

but how would we know who the christians are?

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practice a path of peace,
joy and understanding.

this leads us to the way of love.

revision(s).

mjkimpan  —  November 13, 2015 — 2 Comments

chapterone

remember when i announced that i had a book dealthat was pretty exciting…and i worked diligently to produce a manuscript i hoped would accomplish a number of things.

the purpose of the book was to serve as a guide for pastors of conservative to moderate american evangelical churches – helping them navigate better the cultural conversations and practical implications in responding to questions at the intersection of faith, gender and sexuality. the publisher wanted pragmatic advice and ‘an expert opinion’ on ways in which churches could reduce the stigmatization of LGBTQ people in their rhetoric and practice while maintaining the ‘traditional view’ of marriage – a cultural construct to be sure, yet one which is held as sacred within many religious groups – that God’s intent for sex and marriage is between one man and one woman, for life.
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truly ancient wisdom – love and defer to another, always. to tell someone how to live their life is to rob them of its joy.

rememberme

earlier this week, i outed myself as an evangelical – though progressive i may be.

and while i’m quite comfortable donning the label, there are admittedly more than just a few things i’d like to see change in existing communities of faith that also identify as followers of jesus.

but some traditions run deep within the subculture of christianity.

i’ve skirted around the edges of tipping over some of our sacred cows before – namely, questioning the primary place of the sermon in community gatherings which feeds our addiction to answers and the inherent exclusivity and elitism found in the current expression of church membership – but don’t worry…it’s nothing that crazy.

i just want to mess with communion a little bit.

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