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mjkimpan  —  September 17, 2016 — Leave a comment


are you constantly watching and reading the news? i can’t stop.

i must admit i’ve always been a bit of a news junkie… just one of many vices i’ve learned to live with over the years.

i keep most of them in check, most of the time. really. you’d be surprised.

yet despite my most valiant efforts, i’ve not been able to ignore the recent saturation of political coverage following the GOP and DNC conventions, nor the steady decline in the emotional and intellectual integrity of much of our political discourse this election cycle.

what we’re witnessing has never before been seen in the history of american presidential politics.

this to be seems true not just on mainstream media, but in our online conversations as well. a markedly divided america is gearing up for the november election, and the contrast between the two candidates of the country’s major political parties and their vastly different visions for the future have created an environment of unprecedented agitation and aggression amongst their supporters.

there is an unusual frenzy around the upcoming presidential debates  – it’s expected they’ll bring the largest international television viewing audience in history.

i know i’ll be watching.

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mjkimpan  —  July 15, 2016 — Leave a comment




after senator bernie sanders appeared with presumptive democratic presidential nominee secretary clinton in new hampshire yesterday morning announcing he was supporting her candidacy for president, i posted the transcript of his endorsement speech on my Facebook page.

as was evidenced in the comments and private conversations i’ve had with friends, it seems some former bernie supporters have struggled with the idea of voting for anyone other than bernie.

many voiced their disappointment in him for ’selling out just like every other politician,’ as a result of his endorsement of hillary.  Continue Reading…


if you follow my facebook feed, you’ll know that leading up to this holiday season i spent some time defending my counter-cultural suggestion that since the jesus of the gospel narratives is quite clearly against killing people, folks who claim to follow him ought to be as well.

some folks disagreed.

though it’s not the first time an impassioned disagreement has taken place in my world, i was surprised that the most vitriolic – sometimes even violent – responses came not due to my previous suggestions that the gospel is far better news than what we learned in church; or that the family of God expands beyond the walls of religion; or even that accepting syrian refugees and muslim immigrants is a christ-followers’ ethical and moral responsibility; but the assertion that christians shouldn’t kill people.


i don’t say so lightly. such an assertion flies in the face of the faith and family in which i  was raised – and not just because we used to sing, ‘onward christian soldier, marching off to war…’ during children’s church.

for me, it started on the day i was born.

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on syrian refugees.

mjkimpan  —  November 20, 2015 — Leave a comment


in the aftermath of the ISIS attacks in paris and elsewhere last week, much has been written regarding immigration, national security and refugees – in particular syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country – and not all of it has been terribly encouraging.

just yesterday, the republican-led house of representatives passed a bill – despite promises of a veto by president obama – to suspend the admission of some 10,000 syrian refugees and then making additional stipulations for screening that have been called both ‘impractical and impossible’.

apart from the new legislation, every single republican candidate for president has come out against accepting syrian refugees. GOP presidential front runner donald trump upped the ante, making remarks reminiscent of the uprising of nazi germany by suggesting that he supports an effort to force american muslims to register themselves in a tracking database. ben carson compared syrian immigrants to ‘rabid dogs‘ and mike huckabee compared them to spoiled milk from chipotle, while fellow candidates ted cruz and jeb bush suggested that national immigration services accept ‘only christians‘ from syria and iraq – but not muslims.

but how would we know who the christians are?

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top ten in 2014.

mjkimpan  —  February 25, 2015 — Leave a comment


each year on the blog, i’ve published a list of the previous years’ most popular posts. this year, however – the opportunity to do so escaped my attention.

until now.

better late than never, i guess… so here’s a list of the top ten posts at the WayWard follower from 2014 :: Continue Reading…

can you see?

mjkimpan  —  March 25, 2014 — 36 Comments


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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is it just me?

mjkimpan  —  January 29, 2014 — 2 Comments



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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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?

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words matter.

mjkimpan  —  May 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

yesterday, i wrestled with my emotions.

a lot.

eventually, i’d calmed down enough to casually tweet about my reflections on the response of certain evangelical leaders back when the newtown tragedy occurred in an effort to divulge my demeanor.

at the time i wrote,

‘my blood pressure rises, and i have to quite consciously resist the urge to tweet and comment and lay out a slew of expletives distancing myself from this insanity and demanding its marginalization… i want to call out the dangerous and damning theology i find more hurtful than it is helpful.

but how can i do so in a peaceful and productive way?’

i had similar sentiments  yesterday when i saw numerous, equally ludicrous responses to the horrific destruction caused by a series of tornadoes in oklahoma. the one that initially sent me in to orbit was this gem from john piper, reminding folks that the story of a supernatural twister has been woven before in ancient hebrew literature – devastation devised at the hands of the divine, for a purpose far greater than ourselves.


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mjkimpan  —  March 28, 2013 — 22 Comments


yesterday, i held my tongue.

as the supreme court continued its discussion on gay marriage for the second day in a row, again our facebook feeds filled with changed profile pictures and folks combating one another on the validity of such an action.

other folks used their status to decry the ‘unholy contempt being shown for God’s ways‘ (a literal quote) and more than a few posts were made with some political, religious or moral rant for or against homosexuality.

with some of my friends fighting for equality and others fighting to maintain the status quo – each convinced of the moral validity of their arguments – whether based on their interpretation of a religious text, personal ethics, some moral code or a conviction of civil rights and justice – the conversation seems to be causing more division than dialogue.

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