Hometown healing

In business, it’s sometimes said with humor that an expert is someone from out of town. The point is that a local person, however well qualified, doesn’t get the same respect as an out-of-towner.

Jesus faced this local bias when he returned to his hometown of Nazareth to teach in the synagogue (see Luke 4:16–30). His former neighbors shook their heads and asked, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” Perhaps they thought: “He’s just a local kid, the son of a carpenter. What does he know?” 

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