More than any other single work in the New Testament, Luke-Acts has influenced the way we set up our observances of the church year. Could there really be the kind of Christmas celebrations we know without Luke's narrative? Would we even have an Ascension Day in our liturgical calendars were it not for Luke's narrative genius? Or try to imagine celebrating Pentecost without Acts 2! Coming to terms, therefore, with Luke-Acts may just be important not just for the Sunday to Sunday task of preaching, but for understanding the impact of the church year on how Christian communities understand themselves.
On this page you will find several helpful links for those who look forward to preaching Luke-Acts in the lectionary cycle. They are well worth checking out.
Those looking to access preaching helps may want to consult my book, Preaching Luke-Acts (Nashville: Abingdon, 2001), co-authored with New Testament scholar, Dr. GŁnter Wasserberg. The book considers several narrative texts from both Luke and Acts. Each Biblical text is treated both exegetically and homiletically. I continue many of the same ideas in my contribution to a recent volume in the New Proclamation series for the latter half of Year C. Further helps can be found on another web page which focuses on a bibliography for preachers of Luke's Gospel.
People looking for very helpful background material on Luke and Acts, and for the treatment of scenes from Luke-Acts in the visual arts, will want to check out the links provided below. It is my hope that you will enjoy these resources as you engage these texts in preaching Luke-Acts.
Available from Abingdon Press
from Augsburg Fortress Press
1. Preaching Luke-Acts: Lectionary and Study Resources
The Text This Week: General Resources for Luke
The Text This Week: General Resources for Acts
2. Preaching Luke-Acts: Art Links (compilation by the Gospel of Luke
Anonymous French Illumination 15th century: St Luke -- National Gallery Of Art, Washington, D.C.
French Illumination 15th century: St Luke from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry --Christus Rex
Cimabue: St. Luke - - Web Gallery of Art
Donatello: Evangelist Luke (stucco relief) - - Web Gallery of Art
Rembrandt, The Good Samaritan (1633)
Rembrandt, Return of the Prodigal Son (1636)
Nanni di Banco; St. Luke (marble statue) - - Web Gallery of Art
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