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Preaching the Gospel of Luke: Proclaiming God's Royal Rule [Paperback]

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Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664222390  
EAN  9780664222390  

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Blending the latest in Lukan scholarship with the practical needs of the weekly preacher, renowned New Testament scholar Keith Nickle provides clear, interesting, and instructive comments on the thied Gospel. But Preaching the Gospel of Luke offers more than mere exposition. After each passage,three to five possibilities are proposed for how to preach every text creative and pertinent suggestions that can help preachers apply the words of the biblical narrative to the lives of today's churchgoers. Proclaiming the royal rule of God is the theme of Luke, and this insightful commentary helps that message come alive in the preaching moment.

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Blending the latest in Lukan scholarship with the practical needs of the weekly preacher, Keith Nickle provides clear, interesting, and instructive comments on every passage in Luke, and adds several specific preaching suggestions for each text. With the help of this insightful preacher's commentary, Luke will come alive in preaching.

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Practical Ideas abound  Jan 26, 2007
As a pastor, I always appreciate books that give ideas for developing sermon concepts. This book is very strong on pastoral tips for preaching through Luke. It delivers on the claim implied in its title.

One of the points I disagree with this author on would be his view that Luke could not have written the gospel of Luke. I believe D.L. Bock and others have established a very solid case from multiple points to support the view that Luke, Paul's traveling companion, wrote this gospel. Nickle states the Luke could not have written this gospel. Other major commentators have convincingly concluded that Paul's traveling companion, Luke, did write this gospel.

His conclusion reveals a bias. He also states that Luke is inconsistent
with Paul's own accounts of his travels...(that's part of his argument that the Luke who wrote this gospel could not have been Paul's companion).

FF Bruce and others have laid that opinion to rest, in my view. I think this author would be viewed as tilting to the left by most evangelical pastors because of statements he makes about the historical integrity of Luke's gospel.

I also have found that this book is not as detailed as some of the heavier commentaries (and it is not meant to be as detailed). But sometimes this can work against a pastor/teacher using this commentary. For example, at the end of the book on the road to Emmaus, there is a great chiastic structure that Nickle points out. However, the focus of the chiasm is not as clear in his analysis as it is in Joel Green's (NICNT). I found that Nickle missed two of the pairs in the chiasm. He also has an incorrect verse reference in the structure. I think that sometimes he is better for presentation ideas than for technical detail.

Here is a summary of Nickle's chiastic structure for Luke 24 road to Emmaus.

A - Jerusalem (leaving)
....B - Jesus arrives
........C - Their eyes are kept from recognizing Jesus
.............D - Dialogue and Interaction
........C' - Their eyes are opened to seeing Jesus
....B' - Jesus vanishes
A' - Jerusalem (returning to it)

Thie leaves us looking at the very vague...D dialogue and interaction.
In addition, he says Jesus vanishes in the wrong verse (not a big deal, but still an error).

Joel Green (NICNT Commentary on Luke) gives a much more detailed chiastic structure for the same passage...AND look at the resulting clarity in the primary point of his chiasm.

A. Journey from Jerusalem
..B. Appearance...obstructed eyes...unable to recognize
.....C. Interaction
.........D. Summary of 'the things'.
.............E. Empty Tomb & Vision
.................F. Jesus is alive
.............E'. Empty Tomb but no vision
.........D'. Interpretation of 'the things'.
.....C'. Interaction
..B'. Opened Eyes...recognition & vanishing
A'. Journey to Jerusalem.

Joel Green leaves you meditating on the point of the chiasm,
that Jesus really is alive!. Nickle leaves you meditating
on the dialog and interaction of Jesus with the disciples.
This story is in the chapter on the resurrection and exaltation
of Jesus, and I have to say that Green's work is much more helpful
on this particular story.

Having said all that, I love the 'royal rule' emphasis in this book. The inauguration of the Kingdom as an aspect of Luke's gospel needs to be preached. If a pastor has a theological grid for this, Nickle's concepts can be very helpful. As an evangelical pastor commited to announcing and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God, this particular Homiletical Commentary is packed with good ideas.

For example, on Luke 9:28-36 Transfiguration account, Nickle draws the allusion to Moses and his appearance transformation. He encourages preachers to point out that the transfiguration is an inauguration of a new exodus. This sort of contrast to the OT/Law showing a contrast between Jesus and Moses is an excellent pointer (and this book has many of them) for sermon crafting.

In my mind this book fits in well AFTER one has done his exegetical work on a passage...and during the time when you are hammering out crucial points for your sermon based on your exegesis. It is not a commentary, but an application guide.

In my collection on Luke it fills a unique position, and is a welcome addition. I recommend this book for the pastor who has time and has a practice of doing careful exegesis before writing his sermons. For exegetical commentaries, I really like Bock (ECNT), Marshall (NIGTC) out of the ones I have. I would consult them BEFORE using Nickle. But where regular commentaries stop, great application tips, this book starts. It's a great idea.

I do recommend this book with the qualifiers mentioned above.
Good to Have In Your Library  Oct 29, 2005
I have used this book in tandem with Joel Green's excellent commentary on Luke in the NICNT series and have appreciated Nickle's work. For those of us who face 52 Sundays worth of sermons on Luke's gospel in the lectionary year C, Nickle's book is a must have. Interpretation is always the rub for the pastor, as well as application, and Nickle's book does not fail to help or to offer good insight. Buy it!
An excellent resource for the faithful preacher  Aug 31, 2004
I have been preaching through sections of the Gospel of Mark from the lectionary for a few months and working through several commentaries, I have consistently returned to this one.

Nickle offers an engaging blend of top-notch scholarly work with the concerns of a minister. After each section he doesn't offer sermons, but "suggestions for sermon development." These suggestions consistently allow the text to drive the message, rather than manipulate the text to the message the minister wants to preach.

Both the seasoned scholar and the lay preacher will find this resource tremendously helpful and also a source of enjoyment as they turn to the text for a "word of God for today."

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