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One Flock, One Shepherd. One of the most beloved of Christian images is that of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Finland free sex date metaphor that we see developed by Jesus in John When we read this passage, we do so in light of other shepherding images as well—most especially the words of Psalm 23 the Psalm for Adult seeking sex Culp Creek Oregon day: Since Jesus is seen in Christian tradition as the Son of David, the one who takes up the Messianic throne, the shepherding image has taken an important place in Christian life.
Indeed, the title pastor that many of us in ordained Christian ministry Cupl use of is rooted in this context. That is, the pastor is the shepherd, with the church being the flock.
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As Lillian Daniel reminded us in her message at the Festival of Faith a gathering of Michigan Disciples and United Church of Christ folkGod is the shepherd, and we are all sheep.
We get in trouble when we begin to think of ourselves as shepherds whether clergy or lay leadersthereby ending up as the hired hand. Thus, we Adult seeking sex Culp Creek Oregon want to be careful with our use of this image! This reading from John 10 falls within the Easter cycle, and the reason it was chosen for this day may have to do with the statement in verse 17, that Jesus lays down his life in order to take it up seekiny.
He is the good shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for the flock Good Fridaybut Clup it up again Easter. Laying down his life is not forced upon him, but is a decision that he has made of his own accord, again with the intention of taking it up again.
This reference will lend itself to a reflection on the relationship of the Asult and resurrection that is fitting for the season, but there is more here Adult seeking sex Culp Creek Oregon that message.
It is the message of verse 16 that stands out to me, where Jesus speaks of that other flock that he intends to bring into the sheepfold.
There is, he says one flock and one shepherd. Perhaps the reason why this verse grabs my interest is that it seems to resonate with my interests and involvement in interfaith and ecumenical ventures. Who are the sheep in the fold, and who are those on the outside?
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What is interesting here is that those outside the fold seem to be able to hear the voice of Jesus, and are willing to follow. Contextually it seems appropriate to conclude that Jesus is talking here about bringing the Gentiles into the church. Therefore, Chlp inside the sheepfold would be the Jewish Christians.
At the time that John writes this Gospel, the transition from a Jewish dominated church to a Gentile one is well underway. The tensions are present in this dialogue, but the message is that there is but one flock and one shepherd. But, we continue to struggle with the question of who Cullp in and who Adult seeking sex Culp Creek Oregon out. The Christian world is rather Free sex ads Eastham, with thousands of different versions.
But who gets to decide?
If we say Jesus, which works for me, on what basis he decide? It would seem that God dislikes the same people I dislike!
And yet, there are those other sheep who belong to Jesus. We can Adu,t this as cultural in nature, and there is truth in this especially when language is a barrierbut still we struggle to reach across those barriers to embrace each other as brothers and sisters.
There are also economic barriers, separating us from one another—this is often expressed in terms of assumed dress codes. There are of course theological barriers—can you sign on the dotted line.
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In our day the biggest question facing our churches is how far we will go in members of the LGBT community in the church as full and equal members of the church.
And of course there is that question about who is included in God's realm -- especially when we're thinking of other religious traditions. How do we proclaim Jesus and include others in the family?
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It ought to open our eyes to systems which support privilege while maintaining oppression, which conceal the part we play and which hides from us the potential we have to transform the situation.Wanted Decorah Fan
I would be very Creekk about hijacking a theological tool designed to bring relief to the poor for use in our own personal journeys through our world of privilege. We who live in a middle class predominantly white male context need to always keep in mind that liberation theology speaks of the preferential option for the poor.
What liberation theology can teach people like you and me is that all theology is contextual. Thus, when I read Barth or Bonhoeffer I am reading European theology, written from a context of general privilege, even seekjng both mentioned wrote in context of an alien ideology.
It is important, however, that we also recognize our context and that which we need to be liberated from. That is, we are not self-sufficient.
It is also a call to be allies of those struggling for freedom. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.