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

 

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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.

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…