My name is Brandon Boone.
ofshepherdsandsheep is my online home but I really live in Hopkinsville, KY where I spend my time being a Jesus-following husband, father, pastor, and writer.
I am fascinated by the Word of God and by the world that the God it reveals has created.
I love getting to share that fascination with others and would be glad to speak for your group, write for your blog, or just have a conversation with you: shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Why “Of Shepherds and Sheep”?
When Jesus taught us what leadership should look like in the local church, he appealed not to the boardroom but to the sheepfold. As a pastor, I am called to be a shepherd leader. That means, as I understand it, that I am called to lead Jesus’ sheep as a sheep who is also an under-shepherd to the Great Shepherd. I am to lead them to obey Him, whose commands are easily summarized as
- Love God
- Love Others
- Make Disciples
So, I am a shepherd and a sheep, leading Jesus’ sheep in obedience to Him. And I write in this blog primarily for the shepherds and the sheep of the church.
Hence, “Of Shepherds and Sheep”.
It’s tempting and all-too-common: find a verse or two that “speaks to you” and run with it. Trouble is that’s an excellent way to completely misunderstand what God’s actually saying in his word. This book looks at 8 verses that are frequently misquoted, misunderstood, and misapplied and tries to give the reader a framework for avoiding such mistakes in the future.
Book: The King’s Sermon
“The King’s Sermon” is a brisk walk through three chapters of the Gospel of Matthew, seeking both the meaning of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount and its application to life today. I attempt to take what could be an interesting historical speech and encourage the reader to treat it as an ever-current call to action. I argue that the message of the Sermon on the Mount is both spiritual and political and that wrestling with its tenets will eventually require a decision from the reader: Is this King (Jesus) correct and is this Kingdom (of Heaven) worth it?
My Philosophy of Ministry
Paul, writing to the Corinthians, says:
“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God…For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake…But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us…It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”2 Corinthians 4:1-15
There are five principles in this passage that inform my ministry philosophy:
Humble Sacrifice: As a shepherd leader, God has called me to sacrifice for the sake of the people of God and showcase God’s power in my weakness.
Transparent Leadership: As a shepherd leader, God has called me to lead the people of God responsibly and openly, welcoming input and questions.
Word Focused: As a shepherd leader, God has called me to proclaim God’s Word to the people of God and submit everything to its authority.
Mission Driven: As a shepherd leader, God has called me to encourage the people of God to make disciples through local, regional, and global missions.
Glory Giving: As a shepherd leader, God has called me to direct the people of God to glorify Him through a lifestyle of worship.