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Dan Kimball
..Emerging Church Leader or Fully Emerged Apostate?

Compiled by Carol Brooks

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This is only the beginning of a piece on Kimball. Sadly, I have not yet been able to get around to writing a complete critique.
Hopefully, one of the days


Dan Kimball
Dan Kimball has a Graduate Certificate in Bible from Multnomah Biblical Seminary, a MA from Western Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary where he also serves as Adjunct Faculty and is one of the pastors of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA. He speaks extensively around the country on emerging church and culture issues as well as using the arts in worship. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for Youthworker Journal, Outreach Magazine and REV! Magazine and is several books including The Emerging Church.

On Dan Kimball's blog in a "Catch up post" dated March 22, 2007, he says this 

    "Next week, some folks and friends from Zondervan are coming to Santa Cruz where we are filming a DVD project for the They Like Jesus but not the Church book. In prep for that, I spent a couple hours today with my friend Gary, who is in the band The Chop Tops and is in the book and going to be interviewed next week for the video..” [Emphasis Added] CT-A-Special-Message

So who is Gary of the Chop Tops? Surely a ‘Christian pastor’ is not talking about the guy on the right who is also known as Sinner, pictured here with a “Special Message From The Road”. (Apart from the obscene gesture, his hair-do bears an astonishing similarity to Dan’s own).

Surely a ‘Christian pastor’ is not talking about a guy who recently stated (07.05.2007) in the Arizona Daily Star that his influences are …

    “God, the devil and Johnny Cash. "Those are three massive influences on our music. God for obvious reasons, the devil for similar obvious reasons, and Johnny Cash because he is a badass. The guy lived a hard life and dedicated it to rock 'n' roll. You've got to respect that." [4]

The Chop Tops! This wouldn’t happen to be the same rockabilly band that recently re-released their 3rdCT-3Skull CD "Evil Six???   Naaah! Cant be! Or is it by any chance the same Chop Tops that give you free ring tones on their site.. The El Diablo ring tone and the My Curse ring tone, unless of course you prefer a Queen of Death T-shirt. 

And I am sure this cannot be the same group that will be on Van's Warped Tour In June-July, played at The Surly Wench Pub in Tucson on July 7th, the Lucky Devils Bar in El Paso on July the 8th, and so on


Surely this isn’t the same group with the lewd hand gestures!CT-Hotrod-&-Kim [Make NO mistake .. they KNOW what that hand sign means. Another picture showing the same hand gesture is entitled Devil Horns during our set]. But in case you don’t know the significance.. See THIS Page

By the way…  In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series of films, Chop Top is the younger brother of Leatherface, who wears masks made of human skin [the practice which led to his name] and is a cannibal. Chop Top was probably a serial murderer and a cannibal like the rest of his family..

And if these pictures offend you... Good!  I hope so! Kimball calls himself a Christian, but is little more than a particularly nasty wolf in sheep’s clothing [I am being extremely polite.. he makes me want to throw up]. The fact that he introduces these characters, via his blog and dumb book, should offend you... It should offend you very much. 

Dan Kimball, Labyrinths and Mysticism
If the above isn’t bad enough, Dan Kimball says..

    "We have neglected so many of the disciplines of the historical church [Desert Fathers], including weekly fasting, practicing the silence, and lectio divina." [5]

He promotes Labyrinths saying

    “We made our own prayer path

    After the convention we knew we couldn't keep this experience to ourselves. A few months later we featured a labyrinth as part of Graceland's annual art event at Santa Cruz Bible Church. Graceland artists recreated the labyrinth with a kit we purchased (The Prayer Path, Group Publishing), transforming one of the church's multipurpose rooms into a medieval prayer sanctuary. The team hung art on the walls, draped fabric, and lit candles all around the room to create a visual sense of sacred space. Over two nights we saw more than 100 people go through the labyrinth. It was a joy to see so many people on their knees communing with God through the experiential prayer elements.

    Meditative prayer like that we experienced in the labyrinth resonates with hearts of emerging generations. If we had the room, we would set up a permanent labyrinth to promote deeper prayer. Until then, however, Graceland will continue to incorporate experiential prayer and encourage our people to stop, quiet themselves, and pray”

    "Meditative prayer like that we experienced in the labyrinth resonates with hearts of emerging generations." [6]

See Sections on Labyrinths   and Mysticism in The Church

Dan Kimball and Little Richard
As of August 2008 Dan Kimball’s web site features “Current Happy Music”. Among which is listed Little Richard’s Very Best Of Little Richard. Here are a couple of comments by Little Richard

     "My true belief about Rock ‘n’ Roll — is this: I believe this kind of music is demonic . . . A lot of the BEATS in music today are taken from voodoo, from the voodoo DRUMS." (Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, p. 197)

    “I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness ... that a lot of people don’t believe exists. The power of the Devil. Satan” (Little Richard, cited by Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, p. 206).


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