Archives For Rob Bell

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…

reflections from rob.

mjkimpan  —  March 3, 2014 — 3 Comments

 

robandi

it’s been quite some time since i flew out to laguna beach to spend a few days with rob bell. i wrote briefly about the fact that i was gong to the 2Days with Rob micro-conferences put on by the evangelical black sheep, and mentioned in a few posts  (here, here and here) that it was an incredibly encouraging time where i connected deeply with a number of folks.

if you’ve paid close enough attention to my blog, you might have even realized that i’m actually even keeping up with his tumblr blog (and encourage you to do the same ) – evidence of a lasting influence created in such a short time together.

but i’ve not yet revealed what i learned.

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speaking of time…

mjkimpan  —  February 5, 2014 — 10 Comments

time

 

last summer, i wrote something similar to what i’m about to write here.

yet the message is just as important now as it was then.

living in the tension of building bridges between opposing world views often brings out the best – and the worst – in a lot of folks. people from both sides of the cultural divide often lob labels and accusations in our direction in an effort to ‘figure out’ what The Marin Foundation is all about or to elicit a response of ‘yes’ or ‘no‘.

apparently for some, our efforts to live and love with the same counter-cultural, unconditional love jesus did and does – for all people – are confusing.

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tumblr.

mjkimpan  —  January 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

tumblr

i’m not really a fan of tumblr.

i have one, which i rarely check and even more rarely use. i suppose for some it’s a great blogging platform; but for me, i’ll stick with wordpress.

i just cant get on the tumblr train. it feels too much like an app, and seems to be designed more for images than text (if i see another .GIF image about harry potter or marvel comics my head might just explode). besides, i think i’d prefer to let folks comment without having to sign-up. feels a bit too much like church membership to me (a subject i’m bound to get myself in trouble with in my book).

that said, there’s one person’s tumblr that i just can’t get enough of :: Continue Reading…

friendsandenemies

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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(dis)like.

mjkimpan  —  December 13, 2013 — 8 Comments

thumbsdown

 

in recent days, i’ve been reading a number of book reviews on some of my favorite books – books that have influenced and formed me deeply in my own journey of faith. these are books that litter my apartment, with broken bindings and protruding post-its stuck in between dog-eared and marked up pages. i’ve read and re-read and highlighted and annotated these works from authors i greatly respect – a few have even become close friends.

and now i’m reading their book reviews. but only the bad ones.

that is not to say these reviews were poorly written, although in some cases that may be true. but i’m only reading the ‘thumbs down’ and ‘one out of five star’ types. i’m reading blog posts that claim all sorts of things about these authors and their works, spending time with the critics of these books in part to prepare myself for the bad reviews my book may get.

accusations of apostasy. heresy. watered-down christianity. appeasement and capitulation to culture. ad hominem attacks in an effort to discredit the message.

these reviews aren’t charitable – in fact, some are downright rude. unapologetically so.

so i take a deep breath and i think about john 21.

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are you an evangelical?

mjkimpan  —  October 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

evangelical

recently, i was asked :

do you identify as evangelical?

here was my response ::

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reply.

mjkimpan  —  May 17, 2013 — 4 Comments

reply

 

this week on a recent blog post, a regular reader went back and read my theological essentials i’d posted last year. in his response, he and i engaged in a little back-and-forth concerning the exclusivity of christ. in order to to preemptively avoid the john 14:6 conversation (in which we often misinterpret the verse to mean that jesus acts as the bouncer of heaven), i had suggested he take a look at the context of that passage.

in his reply, the reader asked ::

Does that make me a heretic, Michael, for believing that Jesus is the only way to salvation?

here’s part of my response ::

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symptomatic.

mjkimpan  —  March 22, 2013 — 1 Comment

symptomatic
today’s post can be found at patheos.com – here’s an excerpt ::

unity does not demand uniformity.

‘The misnomer that we must agree in order for there to be healthy and sustainable relationship or peaceful and productive dialogue is simply foolish. There will always be different perspectives on homosexuality – in both culture and the church – and to demand a single, uniform voice on a topic as complex as human sexuality seems to me to be as counter-intuitive as it is unrealistic.

Yet I’m convinced this exposed cultural disconnect surrounding homosexuality is merely symptomatic of a broader overarching issue within our communities of faith – Groupishness. The exclusivity of ‘the Other’ has become an identifying factor in many of our churches, in direct opposition to the radical inclusivity of Christ. Drawing lines in the sand on secondary issues has become so crucial to our identity that we’re unfortunately now known more by what we’re against than what we’re for.’

click here for the whole post.

barriers.

mjkimpan  —  March 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

barriers
perhaps one of the most under-utilized passages in all of scripture is found in mark 15:38 ::

‘and the veil of the temple was torn in two – from top to bottom.’

it seems no matter how hard we try to force the life and teachings of jesus into the boxes of us/them || yes/no|| win/lose || in/out , they always seem to – forgive the word – emerge beyond those borders and break out of the boundaries we’ve attempted to force them into. the barriers keep collapsing.

as we follow God in the way of jesus, we continually find ourselves forced out of the comfort zone of ‘us’ and into community with ‘them.’

living incarnationally in these tension-filled spaces, in intentional pursuit of that which is disconnected, we are continually forced to confront our prejudices and intolerance of ‘the Other.’

this so-called Other could be defined as anyone on the ‘outside’ :: any deemed ‘not one of us’, belonging to a differing group, gender, orientation, party, community, religion, race, culture or creed.

we love having Others. it gives us an identity. something – or even someone – to be against.

yet a christian faith without commitment to the Other is really not christian at at all, because christ was committed to the Other.

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