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graphic images.

mjkimpan  —  September 25, 2013 — Leave a comment


the incredible website has gone and done it again.

several times on any given week, i find myself clicking on a link to their videos, triggered by some catchy comment or pithy prose. today’s was this ::

9 out of 10 americans are completely wrong
about this mind-blowing fact

who wouldn’t want to click on that?

so here it is – but be warned :: this is graphic. Continue Reading…

God loves uganda.

mjkimpan  —  September 13, 2013 — 2 Comments


recently, The Marin Foundation announced that for our upcoming Living In The Tension gathering, we’d be hosting a screening of the as-yet-unreleased documentary film, God Loves Uganda.

within hours of that announcement, my inbox was blinking with emails from concerned folks who had read this article from a popular online christian magazine, which expressed some reservations about the film’s portrayal of evangelical christians.

some were worried that in showing the film, The Marin Foundation would unintentionally ‘polarize non-christians against believers,’ urging us to do ‘further investigation before [we] endorse this film.’

here is what i wrote in response ::

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on syria.

mjkimpan  —  September 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

onsyria<click here to enlarge image>

my last blog post lamented the attention paid to miley cyrus twerking at the VMAs in light of the relative collective cultural ignorance of other topics which have far greater importance.

one example i gave was the situation in syria – whose plight as a people garnered more international and domestic attention toward the end of the week due to some parliamentary discussions in the UK and a rose garden speech by president obama here in the US.

we’ll talk about why we’re all of a sudden concerned – and why that concerns me – in a post later this week.

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be wise.

mjkimpan  —  October 25, 2012 — 14 Comments

the rhetoric has been amping up.

in the realm of politics as well as in religious communities (not to mention the toxic blend of both on social media), many seem to feel a pressing need to express themselves with incessant and boisterous resolve.

i’ve tried to be wise and keep quiet, for the most part – and though i have strong opinions on a number of pressing issues during this election season, i’m doing my best not to get sucked into the politics of this kingdom while claiming to be part of a different one.

as i’ve mentioned before here at the WayWard follower there is a glaring contradiction between how our political system operates and the faith so many claim it’s built on – and even more recently promoted an opportunity for those in the church on both sides of the political spectrum to come together and celebrate what we have in common.

but sometimes we have to learn to just keep our mouths shut and avoid (or stop) saying ridiculous, provocative, unhelpful, intolerant, divisive, immature and insecure things.

it’s a hard balance to know when to speak your mind and when to hold your tongue – but i’m trying to be wise and at least avoid the vitriolic political debates taking place on the facebook walls of some of my friends, post pictures with the sole purpose of promoting hatred of a particular candidate and fear mongering, and to keep out of conversations i know nothing about.

it’d be great if we all did.

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mjkimpan  —  September 14, 2012 — 157 Comments

politics are ugly. especially in an election year.

recent polls show this election is heating up, and the fury with which each side expresses their views seemingly deepens every day. our twitter feeds are overrun with quips and jabs at the opposing side, and frankly our facebook pages have practically become a political obstacle course.

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basics :: some (more) history.

mjkimpan  —  September 11, 2012 — 24 Comments

today’s post is a follow up to this one, and part of our basics series. the purpose is to articulate for my readers where i stand on certain theological tenants, declaring a sort of ‘water-line’ for future conversations here at the WayWard follower.

it’s nearly time to explore some theological non-negotiables, but before doing so we need to understand how we got here in the first place. as we saw yesterday,

every theological statement is a response
to a perceived theological threat.

in the first part of this post, i concluded that as a result of the adoption of nicene christianity as the official religion of the roman empire in the 4th century, religious responsibility became synonymous with political power as the lines between building God’s kingdom of a new way and expanding power and influence of the roman empire muddied.

additionally, worship in the church began to be increasingly influenced by imperial protocol. Continue Reading…


mjkimpan  —  July 12, 2012 — 39 Comments

more than 706,000 people helped june become the best fundraising month of the presidential campaign thus far.  all told, the obama campaign, along with the democratic party ended june with $71 million to put to work towards the election.

$71 million.

the GOP was not to be outdone, however, and in the same month mitt romney and the republican party brought in more than $106 million to boot obama from office.

$106 million.

$71 million + $106 million = $177 million.

in a month.

yeah, i suppose june was a good month for fundraising.

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mjkimpan  —  May 3, 2012 — 17 Comments

christianity. nationalism. yikes.

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pray day.

mjkimpan  —  May 3, 2012 — 125 Comments

today is the ‘national day of prayer’ in these united states. hmmmmm.

as people gather across our country to beseech our God, i wonder what they’ll pray for?

i’ve spent some time this morning skimming through blog posts and tweets, facebook statuses and other methods of online communication to see what seems to be most pressing to the believers of our nation.

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jesus for prez.

mjkimpan  —  February 21, 2012 — 11 Comments

yesterday was president’s day.

so i tweeted, ‘jesus for president.‘ on my facebook wall, and with several followers on twitter, this generated some discussion.  some were in support of jesus as a candidate, while others cautioned the phrase sounded eerily similar to first century demands that jesus overthrow caesar — a misunderstanding of the messiah’s mission.

the discussion brings up some other questions…

if elected president (or forced by popular demand to run) … what would jesus do? would he run as a democrat?  a republican? Continue Reading…