In the New Testament, Jesus presented himself as the Good Shepherd who came to give his life for his sheep (John 10:1–21). He did this because the religious leaders had left the people of Israel “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36),
Though it was yet fairly early in his ministry, Jesus was already gaining a reputation for challenging the religious traditions of the Jewish leaders. To some, it might have appeared that Jesus was an up-and-coming rabbi who was cavalier in his approach to religious tradition.
How is your spiritual life? What do you think when you hear that question? Do you immediately begin counting how many times you read your Bible this month? Do you consider the regularity of your prayer life? Do you mentally tick off your church attendance
I think it’s fair to say that we live in an age in which we are encouraged to be tolerant. It is considered unloving and bigoted to speak out against others’ actions and beliefs. Everybody has a right to behave in the way in which