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stirring the pot.

mjkimpan  —  August 7, 2014 — 9 Comments

stirringpot

with increasing frequency in the past several weeks and months, the media has paid particular attention to the spaces we at The Marin Foundation inhabit on a daily basis- the disconnect between social, political and religious conservatives and the broader LGBTQ community. twitter timelines, facebook feeds and comment sections are laden with the polarizing back-and-forth, us/them language, with accusations of bigotry or deceit being lobbed back and forth. even (perhaps especially?) in religious news service spaces, the conversation has reached a fever pitch. Continue Reading…

conviction.

mjkimpan  —  May 5, 2014 — 6 Comments

conviction

there is a difference between things that are painful, and things that are destructive.

embrace the former, and reject the latter.

i am convinced we are in the midst of a seismic shift – a massive, historic reformation of the way we define what it means to follow jesus. how we understand the bible, the gospel, heaven and hell are being challenged and poked and prodded and picked up and looked at from the underside before being placed back on the shelf of ‘religion’ – and in many cases, the spot the good book is placed in on the shelf has moved dramatically from where it had initially been picked up.

many have found that in the midst of this shift, some voices – ones who may have helped forge their faith in the past – are no longer able to help them grow; in fact, they may even hinder their growth…holding them back from what they feel called forward to.

how can this be?

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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…

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…

see more.

mjkimpan  —  March 28, 2014 — 4 Comments

oneonone

‘I think that we all need to start with grace and compassion. Set the issues, beliefs and convictions aside and let’s see one another as we truly are : God’s children in need of His grace. I believe the church and other Christian ministries and organizations like World Vision are being robbed of the incredible contributions that LGBT people can make. There are so many incredible gifts, talents and abilities that were God-given that are being unused and de-valued because of the labels we place on one another.’

see more of my conversation with my friend tim schraeder on why he decided to come out as a gay christian here.

u-turn.

mjkimpan  —  March 26, 2014 — 17 Comments

uturn

less than 48 hours after announcing it would hire gay christians in legal same-sex marriages, World Vision has reversed its decision calling it ‘a mistake’ – no doubt a response to the outcry of many evangelicals resulting in the dropped sponsorship of over 2,000 children. Continue Reading…

can you see?

mjkimpan  —  March 25, 2014 — 36 Comments

worldvision

fact :: World Vision is in the top ten charities in America, took in over a billion dollars last year, and serves over 100 million people in 100 countries. they feed starving children. yesterday alone they helped 4 million kids.

as most readers may have heard by now, yesterday marked a shift in World Vision’s employment policy regarding sexual activity. as has always been the case, employees are expected not to engage in sex outside of marriage; but recently, the organization determined those in legal, state-sanctioned gay and lesbian marriages would no longer be discriminated against in its employment.

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bad news.

mjkimpan  —  March 17, 2014 — 5 Comments

badnews

this weekend, my friend aaron niequist posted the above picture on twitter (he got the image via brian zahnd, who’s another person you should follow).

accompanying the tweet, aaron asked,

How did the good news become such a bad story?

and i ask the same of you – isn’t ‘the Good News’ better than this? i think it is.

what do you think?

one year.

mjkimpan  —  March 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

pope2

just one year ago today, white smoke rose from the chimney overlooking vatican square, signaling the end of the two day papal conclave – and the election of a new pope.

pope francis.

in recent years and leading up to the resignation of the papacy by francis’ predecessor pope benedict xvi, the vatican has been plagued with scandal and allegations – of everything from sexual abuse by roman catholic priests and its cover-up by their bishops to discrepancies and accusations of smuggling and money laundering millions of dollars through the vatican bank.

upon his election, many of the faithful were hoping the former cardinal of argentina would bring some level of respectability, austerity and honor back to the holy see. yet there were vocal skeptics who feared the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ transition in vatican city would merely bring more of the same.

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seen this yet?

mjkimpan  —  March 12, 2014 — 7 Comments

twomenandababy

sometimes, i write posts that are high risk.

this is one of them. but despite the potential for an offensive statement or two in the comments box, this is something we need to talk about.

recently, the coca-cola company had a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t clip of gay couples in its super bowl ad. it was brief, but it was there.

kinda like Frozen.

chevy did something similar during the winter olympics - but each of these were subtle and fast enough to not be noticed by most folks grabbing another handful of chips or taking a sip from their favorite beverage.

but now, Honey Maid graham crackers has ushered in a new era of gay-friendly advertising – one that is unashamedly inclusive of non-traditional families – and the fallout is almost certain to cause quite a stir from some folks.

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