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this one might catch some flack…

as i’ve expressed in previous posts, i’ve been recently again inspired by the wisdom and posture of my friend brian mclaren. in the midst of recent bad news, brian has determined to share only good news specifically through the medium of poetry – daily providing content which is uplifting, inspiring and encouraging – though not absent of a subversive challenge toward (re)thinking the systemic problems inherent within the status quo.

enter dave matthews.

toward that end, we’ve engaged in a series here at the WayWard follower entitled ‘the gospel according to dave matthews’ – aimed at inspiring thoughtful conversation and intentional movement – and we’ve used dave’s lyrics as fodder in those discussions.

today’s post embodies some subtle tensions many within the church may be uncomfortable with – seeing God as a bartender, drink as absolution, sin as an inescapable and even excusable reality of the human experience, prayer as a (sometimes?) futile endeavor, and depicts even true followers as merely more than hope-filled doubters – yet these lyrics encompass, i think, the opportunity for us to honestly grapple with an understanding of God as One who can handle even our most honest and most vulnerable thoughts.

if only our faith communities reflected that reality.

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so, some people actually hate me.

i recently wrote about how i’ve been prepping myself for an onslaught of critique nearly certain to come my way in 2014 – once my thoughts on standing in solidarity are published in book form this fall, the opportunity for others to question my work, thoughts, motivations and even my faith are bound to multiply.

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thine, not mine.

mjkimpan  —  June 17, 2013 — 4 Comments

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for thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory – forever
amen.

thine, not mine.

perhaps it seems like a minor distinction on the surface – one that could go without saying.

and yet.

in a world and a culture when everything is marketed and branded by an individualism run rampant, this is a distinction that may need to be made.

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temptation.

mjkimpan  —  June 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

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lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil -

it is difficult to imagine praying this prayer on my way to a strip club.

or while meeting with friends, plotting revenge against someone who has wronged them.

or while heading to the bars with the intention of drinking to excess.

this line of christ’s exemplary prayer, like others, seems to have more to do with our own choices and behavior than it does with supernatural intervention at the hands of the Divine. this prayer is not bent toward manipulating God to do our will, but rather a posture of prayer which encourages us aligning our will with God’s.

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as we forgive.

mjkimpan  —  June 12, 2013 — 9 Comments

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and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.

context and usage determine meaning.

for the textual context of where this phrase falls in christ’s exemplary prayer, click here, here, here and here.

because context matters.

on the heels of highlighting the communal responsibilities we each have in our mission of reconciliation, jesus suggests to his followers that we seek forgiveness for our shortcomings – areas where we’ve wandered and become WayWard as we follow him.

forgive us our trespasses.

but we ask that this happens as we simultaneously forgive those who have trespassed against us. unsurprisingly, directly tied to the request for our own forgiveness is the simultaneous grace and forgiveness that we offer to those who have transgressed.

there can’t be one without the other.

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daily bread.

mjkimpan  —  June 10, 2013 — 2 Comments

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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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art in heaven.

mjkimpan  —  June 7, 2013 — 5 Comments

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our father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

the first line of the lord’s prayer is more than just a formality. it is more than merely providing God’s cosmic mailing address to which we send our prayers.

our. father.

celebrating the communion of community, we are taught to pray together. God is no more mine than he is yours. he is no more confined to the jewish religion christ practiced than he is the christian faith i practice. whether we recognize it or not, God is our father. as the psalmist declares we are each divinely hand-crafted masterpieces woven together by the God whose image in which we are created.

and he is God of all.

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a prayer.

mjkimpan  —  March 6, 2012 — 26 Comments

continually write your law upon my heart
that i too may be
your Word made flesh.