January 27, 2019

C09: The Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C (2019)

Scott Spencer

In this Sunday’s sermon from Luke 4:14-21, New Testament scholar Scott Spencer says, “Just as everyone remembers their first kiss, so preachers remember their first sermons. In both cases it’s usually a bittersweet memory.” But for Jesus it was different. “Instead of shaking his hand and hugging his neck, the audience lays violent hands on him and tries to wring his neck…So, what in the world did Jesus say in that sermon to set his neighbors off like that?” It’s a good question, and Spencer–one of the most engaging scholars of our time–has some good answers.

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