New sermon: Stumbling Stone or Cornerstone

On Sunday, September 1, I had the opportunity to preach at the church where I grew up, Macedonia Moravian Church, in my hometown of Advance, NC. I selected Luke 20:9–19, the Parable of the Wicked Tenants, as my sermon text. As I mention in the sermon, it’s a violent parable that hardly cracks the top 20 of anyone’s list of favorite parables, but it carries a crucial message that Jesus decided to deliver during his passion week. It was convicting to prepare and convicting to deliver; as I told my wife, I was testing out the whole “a prophet is not welcome in his hometown” principle. Macedonia has been a special part of my formation as a child and youth, so it was great to be back there today before heading to the UK. The passage is also a key part of my dissertation.

Sermon audio available here. Other sermons available on my Teaching page.

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