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Lost in the Discipleship Details

Originally posted on The Millennial Pastor:
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 “Do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Read the whole passage) Sermon Jesus is talking the dreaded “D” word again this week. Discipleship. Last week Jesus had to come to terms with the quality of disciples he had to work with. Disciples who didn’t get it, who wanted to destroy those whom they were trying to reach as much as help them. Disciples who were not committed, who only had one toe in the water. And so today, Jesus uses those disciples anyways, sending 70 of them out into the world to proclaim the good news, the kingdom of God has come near. Now, this story of discipleship is one that many here will know well. It is one that during the past year, council and other groups read to one another each time we gathered for a meeting. And over that year, we unpacked this story as much as we could, we…

This Religion is Too Small

I feel like my spiritual journey can best be described like Goldilocks. A girl wanders through the metaphorical woods and tries out all these different religions. I’m still trying to find the one that is “just right.” I grew up Christian. I was never inundated with religion at home, but I went to a nice little Methodist church all through my formative years. I was active in the youth group and went on several mission trips. I stopped going to church when the pastor changed. The new pastor was a bit too preachy and conservative for my taste. I tried to find another church I liked, but I couldn’t. So for the next two years or so, I clung to the ideas of Christianity without a community. I could best be described as a progressive liberal Christian back then. I have a scientific mind and was working on an anthropology degree. I have been an evolutionist since my early teens, and I’ve always supported people’s right to live the life they want. As I started …

Man’s Obsession with Playing God

Originally posted on A Mindful Millennial:
“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5 Since the moment of temptation in the Garden of Eden, man has inherently desired to be like God. It has become extremely obvious now more than ever. This past week, the California legislature approved of an assisted-suicide bill. It is now waiting to be signed by the governor. If Gov. Brown signs it, patients will be able to take a pill to end their lives. Last year, assisted suicide became a hot topic when Brittany Maynard went public with her decision to end her life through assisted suicide at 29 years old.  Another woman who was terminally ill with cancer, Kara Tippetts, wrote this response to Brittany.  As you likely know, Brittany went through with her decision on November 1st. Kara died on March 22nd, five months after writing her open letter to Brittany. In her response, Kara wrote, “The doctor that prescribed you that…