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All articles & reviews tagged with sheep

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May 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The gospel of church government

The author and atheist Christopher Hitchens wrote in his autobiography: ‘Everything about Christianity is contained in the pathetic image of the flock.’ I think he’s spot on. Frankly, he’s thought much harder about that metaphor than many Christians have. This sheep metaphor is no incidental part of the Bible, it’s central to it. Think…

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December 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christ’s flock

Our Lord had just spoken to his disciples about circumstances and influences in this world of which they should be mindful or beware. He cites hypocrisy (Luke 12:1); persecution for the sake of the gospel by those who professed to know God (12:4-12); covetousness (12:15); and anxiety over the necessities of life (12:22). Alarm…

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January 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Goats among the sheep

We are all very much aware of the troubles that beset the churches on every hand. Has there ever been a time like it for difficulties within the local gospel church? Are there Scriptures we can look to that help us here? Two of Paul's letters are devoted to a church that was full…

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April 1998
Articles > Comment

Comment

The Easter story does not reflect well on the first followers of Christ. Always slow to understand his mission, the disciples variously betrayed him, denied him, went to sleep on him, or abandoned him, at the moment of his greatest need. Jesus himself, of course, was not taken by surprise by these things. He…

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November 1997
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Good Shepherd

Jesus Christ declares in John 10:11: ‘I am the good shepherd.’ Throughout this tenth chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus Christ expounds upon his relationship with those persons whom he identifies as ‘my sheep’. Sheep and goats are the two categories into which God divides all mankind (e.g. Matthew 25:31-46). Jesus Christ identifies the goats…

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