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The Christ Who Names Us Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

The Christ Who Names Us

Cows with names are happy and productive, while anonymous cattle tend to be stressed and unproductive. This is why Jesus isn’t ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.

If you call a cow by name, she’ll give you more milk. Show a little kindness and a personal touch, and she’ll be more productive.

Perhaps the same is true for us.

A new study out of England, reported in USA Today, reveals that affectionate treatment of cattle — including the giving of names to cows — can increase the amount of milk they give. The average cow produces about 2,000 gallons of milk a year, but if you know her by name, she’ll give you an extra 68 gallons.

There’s a message here for the church today. So let’s milk this study for all it’s worth. Trust us: This is “moos” you can use.

Researcher Catherine Douglas of Newcastle University says farmers have always believed that naming cows has a positive effect. But until now, there has never been any scientific evidence. Her study shows that if a cow isn’t given individual attention, then it’s likely to be uncomfortable around humans and become stressed. A stressed cow releases a hormone called cortisol, which inhibits milk...

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