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A professor from a developing nation asked my class what
would happen if we lived into a “theology of enough.”
Since coming to the United States, he had noticed that American
Christians were often infected with the economically driven
(unconscious) theology of needing, expecting, and striving for
more. More of...

God, from what would you lead me to pause this week when my loved ones and I practice sabbath rest?


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Lectionary Week
May 1–7, 2017
Scripture Overview

Three of the texts use the image of shepherd and sheep. Psalm 23 and John 10 picture the familiar relationship of trust that sheep exhibit toward the shep- herd. The shepherd places himself between the dependent sheep and the aggressive enemy to ward off destruction and exploitation. John 10 and 1 Peter 2 introduce the costly price paid for protection. The sheep’s safety comes with immense and undeserved sacrifice. In 1 Peter 2, the shepherd’s sacrifice makes possible the return of wayward sheep who have wandered away from the shepherd’s protection.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Acts 2:42-47. How has joining with other believers in prayer, fellowship, and study strengthened your faith?
• Read Psalm 23. What narrow passages of life have you navigated? Upon whom did you depend during that time?
• Read 1 Peter 2:19-25. When have you encountered unjust suffering? What redemptive value did it hold for you?
• Read John 10:1-10. “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved.” How have you allowed Jesus to be the gate to your discipleship?

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