Two sheep

“We all like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

“My people have been lost sheep …” (Jeremiah 50:6)

“For you were like sheep going astray …” (1 Peter 2:25)

At times the sheep were wandering of their own accord; other times merely lost; always in need of a shepherd.

In the “Parable of the Lost Sheep,” Jesus was surrounded by “tax collectors and sinners,” the hallmark of his ministry. As Brennan Manning puts it in “The Ragamuffin Gospel”:

“Jesus spent a disproportionate amount of time with people described in the gospels as: the poor, the blind, the lame, the lepers, the hungry, sinners, prostitutes, tax collectors, the persecuted, the downtrodden, the captives, those possessed by unclean spirits, all who labor and are heavy burdened, the rabble who know nothing of the law, the crowds, the little ones, the least, the last, and the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

“In short, Jesus hung out with ragamuffins.”

To say it another way, Jesus hung out with the black sheep.

The white sheep of the flock — the Pharisees and teachers of the law — not only stood their distance but showed their disdain for the stained.

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About Buzz Trexler

Buzz is a married father of two, managing editor for print/online at The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times and pastors Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa, TN. He is a 1981 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he is a member of the Mass Communications Department Hall of Fame.


Inside you will find a collection of columns penned by Buzz on topics ranging from the death of Rich Mullins, to his battle with Hepatitis C, to asking the question, "Does God have a sense of humor."

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Buzz talks with those who, as the late Larry Norman would say, "rock the flock." His interviews range from members of Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Jars of Clay and Third Day, to David Crowder and more.


Follow Buzz as he travels with Vine International on two different medical misison trips to Guatemala, as well as one with Volunteer Medical Mission. In 1999, he also went to Estonia with a Volunteers in Mission team.

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