Archives For questions

controversial.

mjkimpan  —  June 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

heshejesus

this is controversial.

today, artist/blogger nakedpastor (david hayward) created a piece titled, ‘new Christ icon: “Neither” … neither male nor female’

the artwork is based upon st. paul’s exclamation in galatians 3:28 ::

‘there is neither jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in christ jesus’

the artist acknowledges that jesus was clearly a male – and as one commenter on his site suggested,

David is not trying to say Jesus was hermaphroditic. Jesus fully represented God in all God’s qualities, hence displaying attributes both male and female. That was a radical concept then and now as a patriachal society did not like it’s presumptions challenged.’ 

still, there were others who found the image offensive, even heretical.

what about you? what do you think?

deplorable.

mjkimpan  —  June 11, 2014 — 13 Comments

transtime

yesterday, at the opening of their annual national convention, the Southern Baptist Convention (the largest protestant denomination in the country) overwhelmingly approved a resolution titled ‘On Transgender Identity.

Continue Reading…

really, al?

mjkimpan  —  June 4, 2014 — 2 Comments

almohler

here we go again.

in an article on his website entitled, ‘There is No ‘Third Way,’ president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention) al mohler articulated serious doubt that any church, religious organization, or even an individual could engage in conversations surrounding faith and sexuality in a balanced and nuanced way, without coming down firmly as for or against same sex marriage and relationships.

hasn’t al ever heard of The Marin Foundation?

Continue Reading…

facepalm

this is beyond embarrassing.

it is un-christlike.

in the following video, ‘christian’ activists briefly disrupted a hindu invocation in the us senate, marring a historic first for the chamber in allowing an actual separation of ‘church’ and ‘state.’

Continue Reading…

conviction.

mjkimpan  —  May 5, 2014 — 6 Comments

conviction

there is a difference between things that are painful, and things that are destructive.

embrace the former, and reject the latter.

i am convinced we are in the midst of a seismic shift – a massive, historic reformation of the way we define what it means to follow jesus. how we understand the bible, the gospel, heaven and hell are being challenged and poked and prodded and picked up and looked at from the underside before being placed back on the shelf of ‘religion’ – and in many cases, the spot the good book is placed in on the shelf has moved dramatically from where it had initially been picked up.

many have found that in the midst of this shift, some voices – ones who may have helped forge their faith in the past – are no longer able to help them grow; in fact, they may even hinder their growth…holding them back from what they feel called forward to.

how can this be?

Continue Reading…

GAGC

it’s no surprise that as humans we have an inherent propensity to gravitate toward individuals and ways of thinking which reflect our own personal convictions and biases. our ‘comfort zones’ are made up of the familiar – things which reinforce the world as we already interpret it.

this familiarity provides for us the comfort of the similar – we often surround ourselves with like-minded people – reflecting our belief systems, behaviors and preferred philosophies and perspectives.

this ‘sameness’ is indeed part of the human experience; and yet, left unchecked, it can also lend itself toward the sort of dangerous Groupishness i’ve discussed at length here on the blog in the past. creating a cultural norm of us/them || in/out and refusing to generously engage the Other can, in fact, lead us backwards to a sort of tribalism which is inherently inhospitable and ungracious.

striking that balance is an important part of creating space for civil dialogue and disagreement.

Continue Reading…

missing the point.

mjkimpan  —  May 1, 2014 — 6 Comments

lethalchair

just moments ago, i stumbled across an Op-Ed piece on CNN’s blog.

unsurprisingly, it was written about the recent controversial execution by lethal injection tuesday in oklahoma – a ‘botched execution’ that went so wrong that the same news agency wrote previously that ‘it will also prompt many Americans across the country to rethink the wisdom, and the morality, of capital punishment.

As it well should.

enter al mohler’s Op-Ed piece.

much to my dismay, the title of the article written by the widely respected president of the flagship school for the largest protestant denomination in our country (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) with 16.2 million members was this ::

Why Christians should support the death penalty

how have we gotten the message of jesus so damned wrong?

Continue Reading…

significant

in an earlier post, i mentioned brian mclaren. i’ve blogged a bit here and there about some of his thoughts, and extensively quoted his work ‘A New Kind of Christianity’ in my series on scripture here at the WayWard Follower. in many ways, that book literally changed my life – and saved my faith.

put bluntly – there is no other author, speaker, pastor or friend who has had a more significant influence on my spiritual development than has brian.

i was first given the opportunity to meet brian face to face as he was touring for his (at the time) most recent book, ‘Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? :: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World and had the privilege of sitting down with him afterwards. our discussion crossed over from inter-faith dialogue to the need for a more generous, gracious, hospitable approach to the church’s conversation with the LGBT community (this was mere months before i came to The Marin Foundation).

it was one of the most meaningful and significant conversations i’ve ever had.

it, in conjunction with spending two days later that same week with rob bell, led to me leaving the faith community i had grown to know and love and start out on a grand adventure. Continue Reading…

cloud(ing) judgment?

mjkimpan  —  April 16, 2014 — 2 Comments

glorycloud

jesus. glory.

have you seen this yet? apparently at bethel church in redding, CA there are some… interesting things happening. like a ‘glory cloud’ defined by pastor bill johnson as the presence of God.

according to the pastor, these glory clouds are ‘hard to explain. it looks like smoke, looks like dust. and when you get closer… it looks like gold.’

here’s a compilation video of the glory cloud phenomena at the church ::

curious, that.

Continue Reading…

noah? no, uh…

mjkimpan  —  April 11, 2014 — 13 Comments

hatersofthelostark

i might lose some more subscribers with this one.

have you seen the ‘noah’ movie yet? in its opening weekend, the poetic tale of genesis chapters 6-9 brought in $43.7 million, topping the box office. in just two weeks, it’s earned nearly $200 million.

some people didn’t like it (including the vatican),  offered detailed deconstructions of the film, and have quite a bit to say about it. others, like my friend tony jones, blogged about what an incredible film it was.

and yet others critiqued it on principle – seemingly without either seeing the film, or even re-reading their bibles.

comedian/provocateur jon stewart explains :: Continue Reading…