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Sheep and Shepherds

Did you notice the common theme in ALL of our Scriptures? (Shepherd)

It is the Shepherd. This fourth Sunday in Easter is informally known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday, which always reminds me of the relationship between the sheep and the shepherd.

Although it sounds odds, it also always reminds me of our understanding and use of language. There is a reason.

My internship was served at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, which included working with the senior high youth. I created a Facebook page for our youth group featuring a picture I took in Ireland of sheep resting in a field. It was a beautiful and peaceful image, but the communications director was in my office 30 minutes later informing me that it needed to be changed because ‘we’re NOT sheep’.

In our time, place, and culture a person called a ‘sheep’ is often one that has seemingly turned off their logical minds, closed their eyes, and are being blindly led… perhaps led stray.

BUT, have you been around or worked with sheep?
Do sheep turn off their minds and do as they are told?
(They don’t do anything you tell them to do.) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Responding (to Grace)

Our Scriptures this morning are interesting and significant with much that could be unpacked, but it all comes down to one central concept, rooted in grace.

A Martin Luther quote was shared on Facebook, which read:

If grace depends on our cooperation then it is no longer grace. 

It is true.
Grace, by definition, cannot be deserved, earned, or obtained by our merits/works.

Grace also cannot be kept, maintained, or even lost by our merits/works.

Grace is not grace if we have to “do” anything.
But, the question remains how do we respond to said grace?

That is the central concept and foundation of our Scriptures this morning.

Jesus, a rabbi (teacher), had been arrested, beaten, crucified, died, laid in a tomb, AND resurrected.

Although we do not know all of Jesus’ post-resurrection experiences, we do know Jesus visited the disciples but did not ever-linger at their side. This is a post-resurrection account.

Thus, the disciples have witnessed Jesus risen from the dead but do not know where Jesus is at the moment… so what do the disciples do?

Peter says, “I am gonna go fishin’. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Sermons

 

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