stay tuned…

mjkimpan  —  April 29, 2014 — 2 Comments

UKtrip

as some of you may know, i’m currently in the UK visiting my colleague and dear friend andrew marin as he continues his studies as a PhD candidate at st. andrews university in scotland.

the two weeks leading up to my trip saw my regular posting schedule here on the blog suffer, and i’ve been relatively absent since arriving here in the UK; however, much attention regarding the conversations surrounding faith and sexuality have been at the forefront of the online world – from last week’s release of matthew vine’s book God and the Gay Christian to the frontman of jars of clay ruffling the feathers of many on his twitter feed.

i’ll be posting a couple posts in the following days about the aforementioned stories, as well as some thoughts of my own. stay tuned.

is not our refusal to entertain question and doubt an exercise in dogmatic propaganda?

significant

in an earlier post, i mentioned brian mclaren. i’ve blogged a bit here and there about some of his thoughts, and extensively quoted his work ‘A New Kind of Christianity’ in my series on scripture here at the WayWard Follower. in many ways, that book literally changed my life – and saved my faith.

put bluntly – there is no other author, speaker, pastor or friend who has had a more significant influence on my spiritual development than has brian.

i was first given the opportunity to meet brian face to face as he was touring for his (at the time) most recent book, ‘Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? :: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World and had the privilege of sitting down with him afterwards. our discussion crossed over from inter-faith dialogue to the need for a more generous, gracious, hospitable approach to the church’s conversation with the LGBT community (this was mere months before i came to The Marin Foundation).

it was one of the most meaningful and significant conversations i’ve ever had.

it, in conjunction with spending two days later that same week with rob bell, led to me leaving the faith community i had grown to know and love and start out on a grand adventure. Continue Reading…

cloud(ing) judgment?

mjkimpan  —  April 16, 2014 — 2 Comments

glorycloud

jesus. glory.

have you seen this yet? apparently at bethel church in redding, CA there are some… interesting things happening. like a ‘glory cloud’ defined by pastor bill johnson as the presence of God.

according to the pastor, these glory clouds are ‘hard to explain. it looks like smoke, looks like dust. and when you get closer… it looks like gold.’

here’s a compilation video of the glory cloud phenomena at the church ::

curious, that.

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‘true growth and spiritual maturity often occurs when you stop believing in a toxic and destructive image of God…that may look like atheism, but it’s more accurately simply a denial of a god who isn’t worth believing in or following in the first place.’
— rob bell

noah? no, uh…

mjkimpan  —  April 11, 2014 — 13 Comments

hatersofthelostark

i might lose some more subscribers with this one.

have you seen the ‘noah’ movie yet? in its opening weekend, the poetic tale of genesis chapters 6-9 brought in $43.7 million, topping the box office. in just two weeks, it’s earned nearly $200 million.

some people didn’t like it (including the vatican),  offered detailed deconstructions of the film, and have quite a bit to say about it. others, like my friend tony jones, blogged about what an incredible film it was.

and yet others critiqued it on principle – seemingly without either seeing the film, or even re-reading their bibles.

comedian/provocateur jon stewart explains :: Continue Reading…

when jesus says, ‘love your neighbor,’ there is not an immediate expectation of agreement between the neighbor and i.

love them anyway.

hmmm

 

the tweet is from kevin deyoung, a prolific blogger, preacher and author who has about 42,000 more twitter followers than me. he writes for The Gospel Coalition, which was rated one of the top 25 christian blogs for ministry in a recent analysis. his personal blog, DeYoung, Restless and Reformed did even better, landing at #12.

that’s a lot of readers. a lot of influence. a lot of responsibility.

the hashtag referenced in the tweet, #T4G14, stands for ‘Together for the Gospel‘ a well attended biennial conference for pastors and church leaders with big name speakers such as john piper, al mohler, david platt, matt chandler, john macarthur, mark dever (whose talk was quoted in the tweet) and… kevin deyoung.

these guys are professional gospel proclaimers with huge platforms, teaching at a conference all about the proclamation of that same good news.

but…

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one talk.

mjkimpan  —  April 7, 2014 — 54 Comments

onetalk
at the beginning of the year, i mentioned here on the blog an incredible opportunity for youth workers to come be a part of an inaugural conference here in chicago. providing a safe and sacred place for progressive youth pastors and workers to plot, scheme and collude with one another, The Jopa Group and Fourth Presbyterian Church in chicago created the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference (you can join the facebook group here beginning monday, april 14). the diverse line-up of speakers gave voice to three themes, represented in each plenary session :: theology, sexuality and faith formation.

one of those talks was quite possibly the most raw, honest, vulnerable and powerful i’ve ever experienced.

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fear may win the skirmish, but i suspect it will not ultimately win the day. love never fails.