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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 ::

• what in this song resonates as true with your theological perspective or life experience?

• what do you find most inspiring or hopeful about the lyrics? what do you find most challenging?

• what, if anything, creates an internal conflict with your own theological perspective or life experience?

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save me.

I’m driving through the desert I, met a man
Who told me of his crazy plan
He’d been walking there for 20 days
He was going to walk on
For 20 more

Said, ‘How about a drink or a bite to eat?’
He said, ‘No, my faith is all I need.’
So then, save me
Save me, Mister Walking Man
If you can

You don’t need to prove a thing to me
Just give me faith, make me believe

Come on, save me
Save me, Mister Walking Man
If you can
Come on, save me
Save me, said, Stranger
If you please, save me
Save me
Stranger, if you please
Or am I too far gone
I see to get back home
To get back home

How about you take a ride with me
We could kill some time, shoot the breeze
He said, ‘Every whispering wind and second counts.’
Oh, maybe if you walk, but you should drive around

Save me
Save me, Mister Walking Man,
If you can
C’mon save me, save me said Stranger
If you please, save me
Save me
Stranger, if you please
Or am I too far gone
To get back home
To get back home

Hey – I don’t need you to stop the sun shine, no
I don’t need you to turn water into wine, no
I don’t need you to, to fly
I’m just asking you to save me

Might try savin’ yourself
I’m gonna save me
Might try savin’ yourself
I swear those lips shine
Might try savin’ yourself
As it, the moon, the moon it shines
Might try savin’ yourself
Why don’t you save me
Might try savin’ yourself
Come on and save me
Might try savin’ yourself

Might try savin’ yourself
Why don’t you save me
Might try savin’ yourself
Why don’t you save me

Save, save me
Save me
Save me

May try, you may try you may try you may try you may try to
Save yourself

 

disclaimer :: in spite of my preface, i sometimes realize my particular and peculiar perspective may not be shared by others, and that the potential for robust discussion may be lost due to my own inability to pose good questions, as i instead rely upon my closing mantra, ‘what do you think?’

to better engage, then…here are a few prompters for conversation ::

• what is ‘salvation’, exactly?

• what role do we, as followers of jesus, have in the salvation of others?

• what role do others have in our own salvation (whether they are followers of jesus or not)?

 discuss.

honestly…what do you think?

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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…

on the interwebs…

mjkimpan  —  July 7, 2014 — 14 Comments

advocate

over the weekend, a number of posts about The Marin Foundation’s I’m Sorry Campaign were written and shared across the interwebs.

all over the interwebs, in fact.

i mentioned in a recent post that we’d been featured on CNN (our friends at red letter christians also picked up my article – just steer clear of the comments – on both sites).

our friend eliel cruz posted his thoughts (and shared some pics!) on one of the largest LGBT publications in the country - advocate.com (steer clear of the comments there, too) and shared this quote from yours truly ::

“In the midst of our country’s cultural shift — where many, including evangelical Christians, are moving toward a more progressive and, I would contend, Christ-centered understanding in discussions surrounding the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality — there is a need for some folks to acknowledge the harm done toward the LGBTQ community in the name of God and religion,” Marin Foundation executive director Michael Kimpan tells The Advocate.“The ‘I’m Sorry’ campaign provides such an opportunity, to offer an apology and reparations face to face, building bridges of reconciliation between those who once spoke words of hate and intolerance and now desire to speak words — and actions — of love.”

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halfstack.

mjkimpan  —  June 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

halfstack

it was our team’s honor to be featured in HalfStack Magazine’s Summer 2014 Issue on Empowerment.

previous to the photoshoot shown above by alluring chicago and the magazine staff, i personally had the opportunity to do an extensive interview with the magazine’s editor, jennifer lezan.

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deplorable.

mjkimpan  —  June 11, 2014 — 13 Comments

transtime

yesterday, at the opening of their annual national convention, the Southern Baptist Convention (the largest protestant denomination in the country) overwhelmingly approved a resolution titled ‘On Transgender Identity.

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papal payroll?

mjkimpan  —  May 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

abrahamicthis blog was originally featured on The Marin Foundation’s patheos blog.

in recent posts on my personal blog, i’ve explored the ways in which provocative questions surrounding peaceful and productive interfaith dialogue can help lead christians toward acting like (i.e., following) jesus in new and exciting ways, rather than perpetuating the disturbing competition with and condemnation of those who follow other faith traditions. monumental in helping formulate any articulation of the importance of standing in solidarity with the so-called ‘Other’ is the work of brian mclaren – particularly his book Why Did Jesus, Mosess, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World and the subsequent significant conversations he and i shared in the aftermath of its release.

it seems to me that the trans-cultural and trans-generational principles adopted by The Marin Foundation in our work of building bridges between the LGBT and conservative communities parallel in many ways – and can perhaps even inform our moving forward in – many other conflicts between opposing worldviews. this may be particularly true in those areas in which faith and politics intersect.

one such area – and one with great need of peacemakers and bridge builders – is the Middle East.

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GAGC

it’s no surprise that as humans we have an inherent propensity to gravitate toward individuals and ways of thinking which reflect our own personal convictions and biases. our ‘comfort zones’ are made up of the familiar – things which reinforce the world as we already interpret it.

this familiarity provides for us the comfort of the similar – we often surround ourselves with like-minded people – reflecting our belief systems, behaviors and preferred philosophies and perspectives.

this ‘sameness’ is indeed part of the human experience; and yet, left unchecked, it can also lend itself toward the sort of dangerous Groupishness i’ve discussed at length here on the blog in the past. creating a cultural norm of us/them || in/out and refusing to generously engage the Other can, in fact, lead us backwards to a sort of tribalism which is inherently inhospitable and ungracious.

striking that balance is an important part of creating space for civil dialogue and disagreement.

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missing the point.

mjkimpan  —  May 1, 2014 — 6 Comments

lethalchair

just moments ago, i stumbled across an Op-Ed piece on CNN’s blog.

unsurprisingly, it was written about the recent controversial execution by lethal injection tuesday in oklahoma – a ‘botched execution’ that went so wrong that the same news agency wrote previously that ‘it will also prompt many Americans across the country to rethink the wisdom, and the morality, of capital punishment.

As it well should.

enter al mohler’s Op-Ed piece.

much to my dismay, the title of the article written by the widely respected president of the flagship school for the largest protestant denomination in our country (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) with 16.2 million members was this ::

Why Christians should support the death penalty

how have we gotten the message of jesus so damned wrong?

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cloud(ing) judgment?

mjkimpan  —  April 16, 2014 — 2 Comments

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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