October 8, 2017

A46: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A

Jim Somerville

Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday preaches a sermon from Matthew 21:33-46 called, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” He begins: “Before we sink our teeth into the meaty parable that is this morning’s Gospel reading, we need to spend a little time talking about allegory…” Because this parable is an allegory in which object or persons inside the narrative have a one-to-one correspondence with meanings outside the narrative. The “wicked tenants,” for example, may represent actual people, and, actually…the very people Jesus is talking to.