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Shepherd and sheep

The Shepherds

Did you just see those three men? I can’t believe it. I said to them—“I can remember as if it had just happened”, I said to them. “I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”

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Crown of thorns, nails, rope

Abandonment

In that hour, everyone abandoned him. All had fled. Peter had denied him three times. Even his Father withdrew to pour out the cup: foaming wine, well mixedMy God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Jesus has now many who love his heavenly kingdom, but few who carry his cross. He has many who desire consolation, but few who desire tribulation. He finds more to share his table, few his fasting. All wish to rejoice with him, few want to bear anything for him. Many follow Jesus to the breaking of bread, but few to drinking the cup of suffering. Many revere his miracles, few follow the shame of his cross. Many love Jesus so long as adversity does not befall them. Many praise and bless him, so long as they receive some consolations from him. But if Jesus should hide Himself and leave them for a little while, they fall into complaining or deep dejection.

But those who love Jesus for Jesus’ sake, and not for any consolation of their own, bless him in all tribulation and anguish of heart, just as in the highest consolation. And if it is his will never to give consolation, they would nevertheless always praise him, and always wish to be grateful.
Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, 11.1f

Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer: $16Empowered to confess. Luke 12:1-12 preached at Bilton Evangelical as part of a series going through the gospel of Luke entitled Beyond: the Man who brought Heaven to Earth.

We started by watching Worthless, and went on to think about changes in society, the importance and cost of discipleship, and the role of the Spirit in empowering us. Download mp3, ogg.

A wellWorship in Spirit and in Truth (John 04.04-26), reflecting on the nature of worship, guided by Jesus’ extraordinary encounter with the woman at Jacob’s well. Preached at Spalding Baptist Church. Download mp3, ogg.

The price the church paid for coming in from the margins to the centre was allowing Jesus to be pushed out from the centre to the margins.STUART MURRAY

Speaking in The Naked Anabaptist about the establishment of Christianity as the imperial faith by emperor Constantine.

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