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last week, we continued our series on sacred cow tipping by acknowledging our culture’s addiction to answers. today’s post will grapple with the inherent exclusivity of church membership and how our application of this tradition not only hinders our ability to love the Other, but unintentionally creates and facilitates ann environment of stigmatization, ostracization and marginalization – eventually leading to the dehumanization and demonization of the Other.

next, we’ll explore the dangerous and innate hypocrisy of the subtle ‘hierarchy of sins’ which surprisingly allows room for ‘process’ on sins to which we’re most likely to succumb, and simultaneously an outright rejection of those we deem unlikely temptations.

finally, we’ll explore together new ways to invite and participate in community with those with whom we disagree in areas critical to our faith and core to our identity.

so then, the inherent exclusivity of church membership ::

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cowtipping

prior to coming to The Marin Foundation, i lived for a few short years in central illinois. during that time i became familiar with a practice known as ‘cow-tipping’ – a favorite pastime of rural adolescents, during which they will sneak up on an unsuspecting cow and push it over for entertainment. some say cow-tipping is impossible. others claim to have successfully tipped many-a-cow. the debate rages on.

i kid you not.

while i avoided ever engaging in such an activity (for fear of a response from PETA or being charged by an angry bull, i can’t accurately determine), i suppose in my more gracious moments i can understand the draw. i also can’t imagine cows are easy to tip over…and once you successfully get one to fall, i suspect you’d want to run away – and fast.

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a continuation of the gospel according to dave matthews

preface :: in this series, i’m heavily relying upon the intuitiveness of our readers to shape the conversation; though i’ve got some (perhaps many?) thoughts and opinions about dave and his lyrics – and have been continually impressed over the years at the spiritual under/overtones of the band’s music – i’d prefer to allow folks to come to their own conclusions, and to drive the discussion.

so again, some questions to consider in each of the posts of this series :: Continue Reading…

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this one might catch some flack…

as i’ve expressed in previous posts, i’ve been recently again inspired by the wisdom and posture of my friend brian mclaren. in the midst of recent bad news, brian has determined to share only good news specifically through the medium of poetry – daily providing content which is uplifting, inspiring and encouraging – though not absent of a subversive challenge toward (re)thinking the systemic problems inherent within the status quo.

enter dave matthews.

toward that end, we’ve engaged in a series here at the WayWard follower entitled ‘the gospel according to dave matthews’ – aimed at inspiring thoughtful conversation and intentional movement – and we’ve used dave’s lyrics as fodder in those discussions.

today’s post embodies some subtle tensions many within the church may be uncomfortable with – seeing God as a bartender, drink as absolution, sin as an inescapable and even excusable reality of the human experience, prayer as a (sometimes?) futile endeavor, and depicts even true followers as merely more than hope-filled doubters – yet these lyrics encompass, i think, the opportunity for us to honestly grapple with an understanding of God as One who can handle even our most honest and most vulnerable thoughts.

if only our faith communities reflected that reality.

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we continue our series on an alternative look at the gospel through the lyrics of DMB with a fan favorite during each LIVE performance by the group. everyday has a simple yet deeply profound message – nearly as simple (and simultaneously entirely complicated) as the command of christ to love our neighbor.

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as i mentioned in the first post of this series :: earlier this month, i’ve been inspired by the daily sharing of poetry from a friend in the midst of the recent increase of violence and ‘bad news’ in the news – and find myself comforted, encouraged and challenged by the poetic musings of my own favorite musician, dave matthews.

and sharing is caring.

this is what he’s said about the song featured in today’s post on the gospel according to dave matthews, ‘drunken soldier’ which he wrote for his children:: Continue Reading…

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a continuation of the gospel according to dave matthews

preface :: in this series, i’m heavily relying upon the intuitiveness of our readers to shape the conversation; though i’ve got some (perhaps many?) thoughts and opinions about dave and his lyrics – and have been continually impressed over the years at the spiritual under/overtones of the band’s music – i’d prefer to allow folks to come to their own conclusions, and to drive the discussion. Continue Reading…

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earlier this month, my friend brian mclaren shared the following status update via social media ::

 

i must admit i’ve (once again) been inspired by his wisdom.

between what has been taking place in the news (gaza, the global ebola crisis, michael brown’s murder and the subsequent rioting [as well as ignorant and insensitive commentary from a number of folks on the escalating situation in Ferguson], ISIS in iraq and syria) and even drama in my personal life, it’s been difficult to carve out space to create blog content that is uplifting, inspiring or encouraging.

enter dave matthews.

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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…

a moral dilemma.

mjkimpan  —  July 29, 2014 — 8 Comments

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‘we think what we believe is real and valid and what everyone else belives is fearful nonsense and superstition.’ 

during the recent uptick in the outbreak of violence in gaza, i’ve been considering the concerns expressed from both ‘sides’ of the conflict – while acknowledging that where one gets their news, matters.

that said, the moral dilemma surrounding that little plot of land in the middle east transcends the geographical area, and extends to the way in which those of us who are far removed (at least in terms of location) speak about the conflict…and its history.

two significant resources can, i think, help us think more carefully and critically about the ways we talk about who is right and wrong in gaza.

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