Apr 19, 2008

A Tale of Two Sons

Last night I had the privilege of attending a special promotional event featuring John MacArthur sponsored by KCBI, a local Christian radio station. MacArthur was promoting his latest book entitled A Tale of Two Sons. The book is basically an exposition of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32). As might be expected, MacArthur’s sermon was a condensed version of his exposition on this parable. Although the sermon was longer than typical (about an hour), he did a nice job with the text. In particular, he highlighted the importance of understanding the cultural background. He noted in particular the work of Kenneth Bailey, and the importance of understanding the honor/shame context. MacArthur also stated that he has spent ten years preaching through the Gospel of Luke, and projects the entire series to be eleven years (nine years in Matthew)! He also noted that he preached five messages (five hours) on this parable. Overall, it was an informative and edifying evening. Thanks Sam and Joy.

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