All posts filed under: Jesus Christ

Being Threatened by Jesus

Originally posted on The Millennial Pastor:
Luke 13:31-35 King Herod was not a well liked King. He was a puppet King for the Romans… who probably didn’t really care about who was King over the backwater province of the empire, Judea. The people of Israel didn’t care for Herod, knowing that he was all about power. But like most people in power, Herod made the right allegiances. With Rome and with the religious authorities. So when the Pharisees come to Jesus with a Message, he knows they too are puppet authorities, doing the puppet King’s dirty work in order to hold on to their own power and privilege. Today, on the second Sunday of Lent we continue with Jesus who can’t help but be confronted by people who think they have power. Last week it was the Devil tempting Jesus to misuse the power of incarnation, the power that comes along with being God, and being God in flesh. The Devil’s temptations set the stage for the recurring theme that Luke’s gospel holds up for…

Why Advent Sucks this Year – Why We Need Advent

Originally posted on The Millennial Pastor:
Advent is normally my favourite season of the church year. I don’t think that is uncommon for pastors. Christmas and Easter are of course the big celebrations, but Advent and Lent have a certain depth and richness, that allow Christmas and Easter to be what they are. Advent and Lent add the flavour to the meal. For me, the richness of Advent is found in the images – the way of Lord, valleys filled up, mountains made low, crooked made straight, broods of vipers, winnowing forks and chaff, angels and virgins, and promises and hints of Messiah. Advent’s beauty is in the blending of hints and promises of Messiah together with real life. With the messiness of people looking for something better. The people in the desert going to John the Baptist, looking for something different than what they knew. The hypocrisy of religious and political leaders, which is a true as death and taxes. A  teen girl dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and the reality of impossible life…

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…