When an atheist dies, how are Christian loved ones to respond to his or her passing? The author wrestled with this question when he was asked by two friends, brothers, to preach at a memorial service for their father, an atheist.
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:14-16).