Thieves, Gatekeepers and The Shepherd

Biblical Text: John 10:1-10

There is always a mystical element in Christianity, “My sheep hear my voice.” Not that there isn’t a lost history of proof behind that voice, a history capture in the Scriptures. Abraham in that sense ends up being THE man of faith because he heard the voice without any real history. But we are all a bit like Father Abraham. The shepherd calls, and we hear the voice and follow to a good land.

Jesus parable here in John is help for Christians. There are always three types of voices. And Jesus tells us how to tell the difference. That is what this sermon is about. How do we sore out the thieves, the gatekeepers and the shepherd? It is surprisingly simple, and the highest art in the faith, listening for law and gospel.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Jeremiah 23:1-40 and Matthew 25:31-46

Jeremiah 23:1-40
Matthew 25:31-46
False Shepherds vs. The Good Shepherd
The true source of good works – in us vs. in Christ (by grace & faith & Spirit)

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 13:1-18 and Matthew 13:1-23

Deuteronomy 13:1-18
Matthew 13:1-23
False Prophets & the Danger of Idolatry
Kill the Buddha/Kill Paul
God’s sustaining mercy