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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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one year.

mjkimpan  —  March 14, 2014 — Leave a comment


just one year ago today, white smoke rose from the chimney overlooking vatican square, signaling the end of the two day papal conclave – and the election of a new pope.

pope francis.

in recent years and leading up to the resignation of the papacy by francis’ predecessor pope benedict xvi, the vatican has been plagued with scandal and allegations – of everything from sexual abuse by roman catholic priests and its cover-up by their bishops to discrepancies and accusations of smuggling and money laundering millions of dollars through the vatican bank.

upon his election, many of the faithful were hoping the former cardinal of argentina would bring some level of respectability, austerity and honor back to the holy see. yet there were vocal skeptics who feared the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ transition in vatican city would merely bring more of the same.

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pope hope.

mjkimpan  —  January 6, 2014 — Leave a comment


in comments made back in november but released just friday, pope francis again made headlines by encouraging priests to leave their comfort zones and spend time amongst people at the margins of society (similar to this line of thinking).

he continued,

“This is really very important to me: the need to become acquainted with reality by experience, to spend time walking on the periphery in order really to become acquainted with the reality and life-experiences of people – if this does not happen we then run the risk of being abstract ideologists or fundamentalists, which is not healthy.

i think francis is onto something.

what do you think?

quack. quack.

mjkimpan  —  December 18, 2013 — 36 Comments



what a dynasty.

you’ve probably heard by now that the fully-bearded Duck Commander phil robertson had some choice things to say about his personal views regarding faith and sexuality – and as a result, he earned a suspension from the producers of his own TV show Duck Dynasty, A&E.

in a GQ profile entitled, What the Duck? the squirrel-eating and fowl hunting patriarch of making and selling duck mating calls made the following remarks ::

‘It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.’

he continued,

‘Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men…don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.’

wow. just… wow.

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this pope is a sinner.

mjkimpan  —  September 20, 2013 — 2 Comments



this is significant.

from the start, there was an air of excitement surrounding this pope – even the pontiff’s chosen name, never before used by any pope in the history of the church – pope francis – beckoned back to a celebrated hero of the christian faith and a gentle revolutionary, st. francis of assisi.

many have been optimistic that this formal cardinal of argentina would kick some spiritual tail and bring about much needed reform within the catholic church’s hierarchy. in recent years, the vatican has been plagued with scandal and allegations and is in desperate need of renewal – and many believe francis is the guy to bring about those changes.

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i’m back.

mjkimpan  —  August 12, 2013 — 9 Comments


it’s amazing what can happen when you’ve been gone.

in the short two weeks i’ve been MIA from the blogosphere and social media, a couple of things have transpired ::

beyoncé chopped her hair.

russian crosswalks were…’altered.’

oprah got rejected at a store when she tried to buy a hand bag. for $38,000.

but perhaps the headline that caught my attention the most in the past two weeks was that one involving pope francis.

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daily bread.

mjkimpan  —  June 10, 2013 — 2 Comments



give us this day our daily bread.

rather than a demand, these words imply a ‘pleading with‘ – as in a sincere desire for something that is necessary – in this case, bread.

yet this request does not stand alone; rather, it is tied to the desire for kingdom.

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mjkimpan  —  March 14, 2013 — 3 Comments

so… we have a new pope.

out with the old, in with the new.

er, unless it’s more of the same.

there’s excitement surrounding the new pontiff’s chosen name – pope francis the first – beckoning back to a hero of the christian faith and gentle revolutionary, st. francis of assisi who – according to catholic tradition – heard a voice saying,

‘Go and rebuild my Church, which you can see has fallen into ruin.’

some are optimistic that the new red shoes in the vatican will kick some spiritual tail and bring about much needed reform within the catholic hierarchy – it’s been plagued with scandal and allegations, most recently in the italian press release of the paradoxical juxtaposition of its housing an anti-gay cardinal in the same building as europe’s largest gay bathhouse.

cardinal dias reportedly lives in a swank 12 bedroom apartment just one floor above the Europa Multiclub gay sauna, while simultaneously reviling homosexuality in statements calling it ‘unnatural‘ and arguing that gays need to (and can be) ‘cured.’

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job opening.

mjkimpan  —  March 1, 2013 — 2 Comments

this rather funny and informative video (initially seen here) describes not only how to become pope, but also subtly highlights the need for institutional reform in the roman catholic church. Continue Reading…