The Model Shepherd (John 10:11-18)

Reverend Bob EdyReverend Bob Edy, 26 April 2015
Part of the Sunday Services series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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John 10:11–18 (Listen)

11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

(ESV)


About Reverend Bob Edy: Bob was ordained (in mid-life!) in 1993 and appointed vicar of Ducklington in 1999. He was formally inducted as Rector of the parish in November 2013. From 1979 to 2008 he worked at Henry Box School as head of History, Head of Year and then Deputy Head. He is married to Ruth, father to Rhoda and Charlotte and grandfather to Esther, Benjy, Gemma and Isaac. Bob enjoys sport, particularly golf and cricket, and is very enthusiastic about the annual Greenbelt Festival. He enjoys discussing faith issues with individuals and small groups and feels that being a vicar is an enormous privilege - and quite hard work too! Bob left St Bartholomew's, in May 2015, for a slightly quieter life as Chaplain at Rendcomb College. We hope to welcome him back at a later date as a "guest" preacher.

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