Have you ever misplaced something, searched for it intently, and then suddenly found it? Whether it’s a remote, your glasses, a wallet, or countless other things, it makes most people feel pretty good.

This past week, Rev. Jonathan Meraz spoke on Luke 15, which is the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin. The Gospel reading begins with Pharisees grumbling that Jesus associates himself with sinners.

In this podcast, we look at 

- Trying to keep a check our own piety. 
- How do we keep ourselves from looking down our noses at others?
- Proverbs 13:20 says, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm," but in Luther said in a sermon on Luke 15, "A truly Christian work is it that we descend and get so mixed up in the mire of the sinner as deeply as he sticks there himself, taking his sin upon ourselves and floundering out of it with him, not acting otherwise than as if his sin were our own." How are the two not contradictory?
- Finally, Lean Six Sigma teaches us to accept that 99 out of 100 is pretty efficient and good. Why is it important for Jesus to tell us that finding one lost sheep is worthwhile?

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