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cloud(ing) judgment?

mjkimpan  —  April 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

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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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?

real life observations.

mjkimpan  —  February 28, 2014 — Leave a comment

reallife

being a bit of an ass online is easy.
loving people online is easy, too.

well, easier.

in real life, you don’t get to unplug. you don’t get to give yourself an opportunity to calm down and respond after taking a few moments to regain your composure or talk your way through an argument in an imaginary conversation with the image staring back at you in your bathroom mirror ‘just in case.’

in real life, you can’t delete what you just posted because you realize it wasn’t at all appropriate to whatever audience you were addressing.

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fore!

mjkimpan  —  February 14, 2014 — 3 Comments

fore

i’m less interested in hearing what someone is against than i am in hearing what someone is for.

it’s for that reason that i’m compelled to tell a better story – to define myself not as what i want to fight, but rather what i support. i think that’s better news. Continue Reading…

is it just me?

mjkimpan  —  January 29, 2014 — 2 Comments

grammy

 

you may have heard about this.

during the always entertaining Grammy Award ceremony, the loudest performance was not Katy Perry being accused of doing actual witchcraft on stage, nor Pink doing her typical yet impressive ribbon dancing performance or even the power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z opening the show with a ridiculously risqúe duet with lyrics that act as a modern day song of solomon; rather, it was quadruple Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing their breakout hit ‘Same Love’ – an anthem for same sex marriage advocates – as Queen Latifah joined them and Mary Lambart (and eventually Madonna) on stage to legally perform 33 weddings  – gay, straight and interracial – simultaneously as part of the performance.

 enter the outrage.

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facebook(ing).

mjkimpan  —  January 27, 2014 — 1 Comment

hbfb

happy birthday, facebook.

the social media mogul turns 10 this week – and TIME magazine has provided a handy tech tool for us all to see just how much time we’ve wasted on the network since its conception in a dorm room on february 4, 2004  by mark zuckerberg and a few friends.

this handy little Facebook Time Machine calculates just how much time you’ve spent on writing on walls, liking pages and uploading photos with your ‘friends’.

here’s my confession :: Continue Reading…

tumblr.

mjkimpan  —  January 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

tumblr

i’m not really a fan of tumblr.

i have one, which i rarely check and even more rarely use. i suppose for some it’s a great blogging platform; but for me, i’ll stick with wordpress.

i just cant get on the tumblr train. it feels too much like an app, and seems to be designed more for images than text (if i see another .GIF image about harry potter or marvel comics my head might just explode). besides, i think i’d prefer to let folks comment without having to sign-up. feels a bit too much like church membership to me (a subject i’m bound to get myself in trouble with in my book).

that said, there’s one person’s tumblr that i just can’t get enough of :: Continue Reading…

xmas songs.

mjkimpan  —  December 25, 2013 — 6 Comments

singing

 

‘the best way to spread christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.’ – buddy the elf

over the past several weeks, i’ve had a number of conversations with folks surrounding the idea of creating cultural change within the church – asking questions of how church leaders and change agents can create safe and sacred spaces for all people to explore the richness of the gospel – which is, as the angel proclaimed that firs christmas,  good news of great joy for ALL people.

a recurring theme in that conversation is the power of music and song – and the importance of singing words which create a culture of inclusion rather than exclusion; of love and grace rather than judgment and intolerance; of compassion and solidarity rather than elitism and discrimination.

when we choose what songs we sing in church, we’re literally choosing words to put in the mouths of God’s people.

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(dis)like.

mjkimpan  —  December 13, 2013 — 8 Comments

thumbsdown

 

in recent days, i’ve been reading a number of book reviews on some of my favorite books – books that have influenced and formed me deeply in my own journey of faith. these are books that litter my apartment, with broken bindings and protruding post-its stuck in between dog-eared and marked up pages. i’ve read and re-read and highlighted and annotated these works from authors i greatly respect – a few have even become close friends.

and now i’m reading their book reviews. but only the bad ones.

that is not to say these reviews were poorly written, although in some cases that may be true. but i’m only reading the ‘thumbs down’ and ‘one out of five star’ types. i’m reading blog posts that claim all sorts of things about these authors and their works, spending time with the critics of these books in part to prepare myself for the bad reviews my book may get.

accusations of apostasy. heresy. watered-down christianity. appeasement and capitulation to culture. ad hominem attacks in an effort to discredit the message.

these reviews aren’t charitable – in fact, some are downright rude. unapologetically so.

so i take a deep breath and i think about john 21.

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level ground.

mjkimpan  —  October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

levelground

sometimes, being a peacemaker can get lonely.

while many others carve paths forward emboldening a preferred perspective – whether conservative or progressive – creating spaces at the intersections between those two communities isn’t an easy road.

some might say it’s even a narrow path.

yet recently, in our work at The Marin Foundation, we came across new faces and became fast friends with the hearts and minds behind  Level Ground. as members of our team met with chelsea and samantha, it was evident that we’d found kindred spirits – interested in using their unique gifts, talents, education, passions and abilities toward creating safe and sacred spaces for individuals to more peacefully and more productively navigate the tension filled spaces found in the cultural disconnect at the intersection of faith, gender and sexuality.
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