day 2.

mjkimpan  —  November 3, 2015 — 2 Comments

day2

this post is part of my RLC wake up writing – you can sign up for these quick-read devotionals on their website.

do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. each day has enough trouble of its own.’ – matthew 6:34

each moment is a gift – some might even say a miracle. zen master thich naht hanh suggests, ‘the miracle is not to walk on water. the miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.’

with all of the distractions in our daily lives, settling down and living in the beauty of each present moment could certainly do us all some good.

focus on being present. today may we breathe slowly and consciously, and bring into our every conversation a spirit of active and engaged listening, seeking to be truly present.

i’d love to hear from my readers the stories that come as a result of this action. if you’d like, feel free to share it with the rest of us in the comment section.

day 1.

mjkimpan  —  November 2, 2015 — 4 Comments

day1

this post is part of my RLC wake up writing – you can sign up for these quick-read devotionals on their website.

give us this day our daily bread.’ – matthew 5:11

interestingly, this divine request does not stand alone in isolation of the rest of humanity; rather, it is tied to a desire for others in the collective community to have their needs met as well as our own. give us our daily bread – not me and mine (more on that concept and others in the prayer jesus taught his disciples here).

may we be counter-cultural in our consumption by remaining mindful of the needs of others.

so what can we do about it?

join me in giving one possession away today to someone who could use it more than you.

i’d love to hear from my readers the stories that come as a result of this action. if you’d like, feel free to share it with the rest of us in the comment section.

i’m back…

mjkimpan  —  October 29, 2015 — Leave a comment

illbeback

 

i’m back… (though i suppose the picture above is more of a promise that i will be back…perhaps i should have used a picture of the second coming of jesus. then again, that’s a whole different story…)

did you miss me?

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‘the mind once expanded by a better idea can never shrink to its original size.’

— oliver wendell holmes, jr.

FAQs.

mjkimpan  —  July 15, 2015 — 4 Comments

FAQs

this one is a little link happy.

over the past weekend i was honored to attend and participate in the Wild Goose Festival along with a number of my friends. as is tradition, there were multiple conversations had and relationships established with folks i’d previously not had the privilege of meeting.

a number of these conversations began with simple questions and quickly evolved into more sophisticated discussions. most of these revolved around the life, teachings and example of jesus – and how those of us whom identify as christ-followers can best take our cues from the gospel narratives and apply a christ-centered response in our current culture.

i found myself repeating stories from the scriptures on which i’ve taught or spoken or written – causing me to consider a type of FAQ format for conversations – particularly those on the interpretation of what is so often called ‘good news.’ Continue Reading…

if the conclusion of your definition of inclusion dictates the exclusion of those with whom you disagree…you’re doing it wrong.

confederateflag

i’ve recently received a number of emails and other correspondence requesting i comment on the ongoing debate concerning the placement of the rebel battle flag at the south carolina state capitol.

as i pen this post, CNN reports that 57% of americans believe the flag serves as a symbol of southern pride and not racism.

my first thought :: somehow, this is still a discussion? there’s an actual debate to be had?

here’s my two cents, as clearly as i can state it ::

the confederate flag is not a proud symbol of tradition or heritage; it’s a symbol of intimidation and oppression against the black community. and it always has been.

that’s not just my opinion – it’s a matter of objective historical fact.

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‘Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.’

— desmond tutu

life after SCOTUS.

mjkimpan  —  June 28, 2015 — 6 Comments

#lovewins

leading up to – and in the immediate wake of – the SCOTUS decision in support of marriage equality in all 50 states, a number of religious and faith community leaders contacted me asking, ‘how should we respond?’ the majority of these requests came from pastors and churches who are currently unable to support same sex relationships, based on their conservative biblical interpretation and theological perspective – yet almost all recognize that their religious communities have historically not been very welcoming to the LGBTQ community.

they also realize, along with many others, that the journey of faith is a matter of being willing and open to having a relationship with God – and that each and every person is welcome under the banner of the unconditional love and radical hospitality of jesus christ.

this tension in which many religious folks live is a real one – and  has been heightened by the culture war rhetoric reaching an almost fever pitch in the anticipation and aftermath of this weekend’s ruling.
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far too often, the ‘progressive’ definition of inclusion is merely a new form of segregation.