Preaching Tools: Luke

With Christmas quickly approaching, many pastors will preach Christmas sermon series during December and/or special Christmas services. The Gospel of Luke provides the most comprehensive details regarding the birth of Jesus and surrounding events, including the famous Songs of Christmas.

Here’s a helpful excerpt on the book of Luke from David Allen’s Preaching Tools: An Annotated Survey of Commentaries and Preaching Resources for Every Book of the Bible. Here, Allen highlights some of the best commentaries and sources for preaching this extraordinary book.

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Exegetical Commentaries

Bock, Darrell L. Luke. 2 vols. BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994, 1996.

Best exegetical commentary on Luke to date by a well-known New Testament professor and prolific author at Dallas Theological Seminary. A must for those preaching through Luke.

Garland, David E. Luke. ZECNT. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

Over 1,000 pages of solid exegetical and expositional help from the pen of one of the finest evangelical commentators.

Marshall, I. Howard. The Gospel of Luke. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.

Before Bock, this would probably have been my top choice for Luke in the exegetical category. Marshall is a balanced and well-respected New Testament scholar. Watch for some issues with redaction criticism. Assumes Luke is drawing from Mark and Q.

Expository Commentaries

Godet, F. A Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2004 reprint.

I usually try to read any commentary this conservative French scholar of yesteryear wrote. Though pre-critical, the preacher will find good help here. Godet incorporates some warm devotional thoughts along the way in his works.

Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

Just shy of 1,000 pages, this is one of the serious works on Luke. Green focuses well on aspects of discourse analysis that aid in understanding Luke’s overall structure at the micro and macro level. Use as a supplement to Stein or one of the other expository commentaries.

Hendriksen, William. Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1978.

Probably the best from the pen of this professor of New Testament literature at Calvin Seminary.

Stein, Robert H. Luke. NAC. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1993.

Stein’s work is always solid and evangelical. This is one of the best expository commentaries on Luke.

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Devotional Commentaries

Morgan, G. Campbell. The Gospel According to Luke. New York: Revell, 1931.

“A carefully reasoned exposition which adheres quite closely to Luke’s argument and provides an example of expository preaching at its best,” says Barber. Premillennial, but Morgan abandoned premillennialism later in life.

Morrison, George H. Morrison on Luke. 2 vols. Glasgow Pulpit Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG, 1978.

The Scottish Morrison spent 15 months under the tutelage of the great Alexander Whyte. His final pastorate was Wellington Church, Glasgow, from 1902 until his death in 1928. Though he does not cover all of Matthew, what he does cover is definitely worth reading! I have tried to collect all of his books of sermons. Brilliant wordsmith.

Special Studies

Bock, Darrell L. A Theology of Luke and Acts. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.

See on Bock above.

Liddon, H.P. The Magnificat. 3rd ed. London: Longman’s Green & Co., 1898.

These sermons were preached in St. Paul’s Cathedral by one of England’s well-known evangelical preachers.