Archives For politics

can you see?

mjkimpan  —  March 25, 2014 — 36 Comments

worldvision

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

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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graphic images.

mjkimpan  —  September 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

upworthy

the incredible website unworthy.com 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…

words matter.

mjkimpan  —  May 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

words-matter
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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division.

mjkimpan  —  March 28, 2013 — 22 Comments

division

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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no purpose.

mjkimpan  —  January 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

parentaladvisory
i literally was shaking my head.

scrolling through my twitter feed (a potentially fatal mistake on inauguration day), i saw some hullaballoo over yet another classic from @PastorMark ::

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imbroglio, indeed.

mjkimpan  —  January 11, 2013 — 9 Comments

imbroglio
yesterday the internet exploded with louie giglio’s ‘change of plans‘ as he respectfully withdrew his acceptance to lead the benediction at the president’s inauguration.

ThinkProgress and others demanded the withdrawal in days past, as a sermon surfaced from the 1990′s in which he advocated for dangerous ‘reparative therapy’ for gay and lesbian people and impelled christians to ‘firmly respond to the aggressive agenda’ to prevent the ‘homosexual lifestyle’ from becoming accepted in society.

for those who want a detailed breakdown of the past 72 hours of controversy, click here.

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SCOTUS.

mjkimpan  —  December 10, 2012 — 20 Comments


this past friday, the twitter sphere exploded with some groundbreaking news :: the US supreme court has decided to take on gay marriage and a hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

the court’s announcement that it would hear two cases challenging laws prohibiting same-sex marriage has reinvigorated one of the most hotly contentious social debates in our country’s history.

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peace, patience and unity.

mjkimpan  —  November 8, 2012 — 7 Comments


if jesus were leading us in a specific direction today, which path would he be taking us on ::

• the path toward peace and unity, or
•  the path toward discord and division?

it seems to me the choice is obvious.

‘but jesus caused discord! the truth of the gospel brings division!’

as i study the gospels, i find the reality is much more uncomfortable than that.

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rebuilding.

mjkimpan  —  November 7, 2012 — 13 Comments


last night, after the voting polls had closed and ballots came pouring in as news stations around the country frantically tallied projected winners, christians from diverse traditions gathered around the table across our country to celebrate what we have in common, understanding in the center of our different politics and potential disagreements that

we. are. one.

we together realized, no matter the election results, while there are blood and tears and heartaches and arguments and banter that there is hope :: we eventually do meet the resurrected christ and can even now see him in each other – and it is real and true and

he. is. present.

God. with us. emmanuel.

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