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Over at her blog, Jasmine Baucham responds to Dr. Anthony Bradley’s article expressing that she can identify with his concerns. She writes:

“So a master of religion. What do you want to do with that?”

I live in a world full of lofty aspirations.

When I decided to transfer from my liberal arts graduate program to a degree plan at the local seminary, everyone assumed that I had decided to doff the quiet life of a part-time schoolteacher for more radical aspirations. Female pastor? Missionary? Liaison for refugees?

It is with quizzical looks that they respond to my simple answer: I just want to increase my knowledge of the Word, aid in my dad’s ministry, and better equip myself to serve in the local church and in my present and future household.

I add jokes about being terrible at languages, and, therefore, not much use on the mission field, or being awkward with foreign customs and, therefore useless as a liaison. And my complementarian bent easily explains why I’m not eyeing the pastorate. But, honestly, I spent my teen years on the quest for radical, world changing pursuits, and it’s only since the tender dawning of my twenties that I’m okay to own my simple life without any kind of explanation as to where else I’m trying to go.

My answer is… nowhere.

This evening, I read an excellent article from Dr. Anthony Bradley called “The New Legalism.” Dr. Bradley states:

I continue to be amazed by the number of youth and young adults who are stressed and burnt out from the regular shaming and feelings of inadequacy if they happen to not be doing something unique and special. Today’s millennial generation is being fed the message that if they don’t do something extraordinary in this life they are wasting their gifts and potential. The sad result is that many young adults feel ashamed if they “settle” into ordinary jobs, get married early and start families, live in small towns, or as 1 Thessalonians 4:11 says, “aspire to live quietly, and to mind [their] affairs, and to work with [their] hands.” For too many millennials their greatest fear in this life is being an ordinary person with a non-glamorous job, living in the suburbs, and having nothing spectacular to boast about.

I know exactly what he means. I am a millennial who has felt the drive to be radical, to figure out how to hone my gifts for a gigantic platform that will bring glory to God, and a millennial who now feels the awkward silences when she confesses that she’s okay being ordinary, living in the suburbs, and having nothing spectacular to boast about.

And it’s not because my world is painted in shades of gray.

You can read the rest here.

What are your thoughts on Dr. Bradley and Jasmine’s article? Do you agree or disagree?

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