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animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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34 Responses to 358

  1. davem says:

    heyyy, first comment. and my first comment too.

    Great cartoon, really reflective of how we are sometimes. We expect the darkness of the world to shine of their own accord, instead of us going into the darkness…
    d

  2. Roland says:

    Hm. I’ve seen that shepherd before.
    He must get around.
    A lot.

  3. thevikingfru says:

    Another good one, Jon!

  4. jonbirch says:

    nice to hear your vitual voice, davem! :-)

    hi roland! i think he must. :-)

    tvh… thanks! :-)

  5. zefi says:

    How many times can a sheep go missing?

    Or perhaps if it’ll ever go missing again, it was never actually found in the first place?

  6. ben says:

    we need to be humble about being “one of the 99″ because we dont deserve to be part of that group.

    Ephesians 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins… 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

  7. youthworkerpete says:

    I heard a preacher say once that when we think of the parable of the lost sheep, we think first of all he makes sure all the 99 are safe and comfortable, then runs off for the lost one.

    In reality palistinian shepherds would have considered it almost certain neglect to the 99 safe flock, who would still be out where wolves could get them , or others could wander.

    As a youth worker – do I spend enough time chasing up the people I haven’t seen for a few weeks, giving them my time, helping to heal hurts where needed? Or do I spend most of the time in a much more ‘efficent’ mode where I spend as much time as I can doing groups with different people so that I reach as many as possible – leaving little time for genuine pastoral concerns.

    Probably, like many, the latter.

    We need to listen less to western ‘business sense’ and more to Jesus! (Obvious – yet how many churches now have ‘operations managers’ or CEOs or (for large ones) human resourses? – rather than pastors, teachers, and prophets?)

  8. subo says:

    for me the lost sheep parable gets to my continual sense of existential abandonment in a inexplicable universe.

  9. marcus says:

    What about the sheep that aren’t lost but act as if they were; always wanting the attention and presence of the shepherd?

    And for those who have been called to be shepherds – what happens when they themselves start to feel lost? I can see a scene reminiscent of Fawlty Towers and Basil Fawlty – whereby the shepherd beats him/herself up with the crook!

  10. Robb says:

    Ah, the shepherd is bringing the ‘bad news’ rather than the ‘good news’. I’m resisting the temptation to climb my hobby horse :D

  11. zefi says:

    I guess that’s ok marcus, as long as they’re not dying for the attention and presence of other sheeps.

  12. jonbirch says:

    ‘for me the lost sheep parable gets to my continual sense of existential abandonment in a inexplicable universe.’ poetic…

    ‘What about the sheep that aren’t lost but act as if they were; always wanting the attention and presence of the shepherd?’ interesting…

    ‘do I spend enough time chasing up the people I haven’t seen for a few weeks…’ challenging…

    ‘How many times can a sheep go missing? Or perhaps if it’ll ever go missing again, it was never actually found in the first place?’ philosophical…

    ‘Ah, the shepherd is bringing the ‘bad news’ rather than the ‘good news’.’ theological…

    ‘we need to be humble about being “one of the 99″ because we dont deserve to be part of that group.’ wisdom…

    great bunch of comments… i love doing this blog! :-)

  13. Roland says:

    ‘we need to be humble about being “one of the 99″ because we dont deserve to be part of that group.’

    At some point, we were all the lost sheep.

  14. Lori says:

    This is a great one, Jon. We do need to be careful to have at least as much mercy and grace as our Dear Shepherd.

    If I fail, let it be on the side of too much mercy, too much grace.

  15. jonbirch says:

    absolutely lori. as tony benn, british politician once said. ‘i’d rather be wrong for the right reasons.’ :-)

  16. Diane says:

    That is so comforting to know, isn’t it? Thanks again, Jon. :)

  17. Chris F says:

    Like 355/356, maybe we are both lost and found simultaneously…

    …the Shepherd knows either way, loves either way, accepts either way, seeks for us either way

    Part of me is found – hooray! Part of me is still lost – swiz!

  18. AnneDroid says:

    I once stayed for 3 months on a croft (tiny Scottish farm!) and discovered just how incredibly thick sheep are. It’s not very flattering when the Bible calls us sheep but then we have to admit, compared to God, we certainly are thick as several planks… and we sure do need a Shepherd. One day my elderly landladies yelled at me to stop as I was driving them to church. They leapt over a wall to roll a sheep back over that had got on its back. Apparently they can’t get up again from that position and can die. Isn’t it just the case that we can get to a point where on our own we just can’t get on our feet again? Not on our own without a shepherd anyway… good job we’ve got one then!!
    Loving your cartoons Jon. Ax

  19. jonbirch says:

    chris f… ‘maybe we are both lost and found simultaneously…’ profound and true. :-)

    yes it is comforting to know. thanks diane. :-)

    hi annedroid. yep, it’s a good job indeed. :-) tortoises and (i think) woodlice have the same problem as sheep. they seem pretty thick as well… and they don’t have shepherds, so they die… poor things.

  20. subo says:

    those daft sheep – and yet they live in the fells contented with the mist and tree stumps, cloud dwellers sharing survival secrets from generation to generation.

  21. sarah says:

    Yeah! Too right he didn’t say that. Stupid people.

  22. sarah says:

    Su – I like the thought of his hands grasping me, his arms lifting me up.

    Sas x

    I like your comments.

    Peace all. Baa.

    Sas x

  23. sarah says:

    sorry if mean in #21. Everyone being so nice on this post. Just people drive me mad sometimes. Guess what I’m a person…

    Sas x

  24. jonbirch says:

    ‘…and yet they live in the fells contented with the mist and tree stumps, cloud dwellers sharing survival secrets from generation to generation.’
    i thought for a moment sas that i’d re-entered the post on ‘cheese’ by accident… hopelessly and ridiculously romantic. love it! :-)

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  26. sarah says:

    That was Su’s comment – she’s poetic.

    Sas x

  27. I like the simultaneously lost and found bit! :-)
    Feels about right!

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  30. Bubba says:

    Great cartoon. Hits the nail of the human-centric shepherd right on the head.

    Thank God (literally) that our Shepherd doesn’t think like we do, huh?

    Keep up the great work,
    Bubba

  31. Tanya Dooley says:

    Love it! All your quips are very thought provoking and true. God bless you and keep up the great work of sharing who Jesus really is. Blessings x

  32. jonbirch says:

    thank you, tanya. :-)

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