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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all that is not beautiful and good
finds its genesis
in the narratives of pride and shame.

yes, i’m an evangelical.

mjkimpan  —  November 9, 2015 — 3 Comments

 

evangelicalmeter

some who know me well may consider that claim inconceivable.

though i’ve previously outlined my rather vanilla set of ‘orthodox’ beliefs, the way i talk when i talk about God and the bible and jesus and the cosmos and just about everything else leads most folks to assume i’m not really an Evangelical Christian at all.
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day 5.

mjkimpan  —  November 6, 2015 — 4 Comments

day5

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

for even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’ – mark 10:45

‘Sometimes we think that we are superior to others – perhaps more educated or intelligent. Seeing an uneducated person, a feeling of disdain may arise, but this attitude does not help anyone. Our knowledge is relative and limited. An orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell. Compared with this kind of knowledge, our knowledge is not worth boasting about, even if we have a PhD.’

— thich nhat hanh, Present Moment Wondeful Moment

practice meekness and humility today. whenever we catch ourselves attempting to ‘look good’ or raise ourselves above someone else, let’s reframe our thinking and lift up others.

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 4.

mjkimpan  —  November 5, 2015 — 1 Comment

day4

 

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

‘behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people…’ – luke 2:10

our current human existence is filled to the brim with bad news – wars and rumors of wars, inequality, poverty, et cetera – the earthquakes of injustice shake the foundation of our nation. yet even in suffering there are glimmers of hope, stories of good news – communities joining together to protect the vulnerable; to provide for the needy; to be present in pain.

even this is glimpse of the kingdom of God on earth, and that’s good news for everyone.

let’s be bearers of good news. may we seek to find the beauty in all things we see and hear today, and participate with the spirit of God in helping bring love and light into our interactions with all people.

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 3.

mjkimpan  —  November 4, 2015 — 4 Comments

day3

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

…but I tell you, love your enemies…’ – matthew 5:44

imagine how different our world would be if self-professing christians put just this one teaching into practice. war would be unthinkable – it’s hard to justify killing another person when you truly love them, even to protect what’s ‘yours’. on a more personal level, we too often bring death, rather than life, with our words – to those we love, and especially our so-called enemies.

yet when we choose to be grounded in compassion and love, we bring heaven to earth.

practice speaking only kindness – not just to others, but even about them. may we seek to see and celebrate the beauty of the divine image in every person we come in contact with today.

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 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.