I have had several influential preachers in my life. I’ve benefited from the opportunity to sit under men from different denominations since my childhood. I have been convicted and comforted by the Word since my conversion in Jr. High.
But the preaching of a handful of men over the last six years has been tremendously helpful. God’s Word has been opened up to me with great power through the preaching of my pastors Brian Peterson, Ligon Duncan, and Derek Thomas. In addition to these men, I have enjoyed listening to many sermons online. John Piper, Tim Keller, Bryan Chapell, Stuart Olyott, and Sinclair Ferguson have been particularly insightful.
However, one of the latest men to have a great impact upon my own theology and practice is my good friend Nate Shurden, pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN. I got to know Nate through the privilege of being his intern at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS for a few years.
I recently listened to Nate’s exposition of Luke 10:25-42. They were especially helpful because of the way Nate related two well known stories. The Good Samaritan and the episode of Mary and Martha that follows are connected in an important way. I won’t tell you how in hopes that you will listen to the sermons for yourself.
Take some extra time this week to “sit under” Nate’s preaching on “Like a Good Neighbor Parts 1 & 2” and “The One Thing Necessary.” I hope you are able to hear these familiar stories in a fresh way so that you are rightly moved to “go and do likewise.”