Jan

30

2013

Matt Smethurst|12:00 PM CT

Why Luke? Study the 'Underappreciated' Gospel with Scholars at TGC13

Why Luke as our text for The Gospel Coalition 2013 National Conference? It's a good question, you know. Throughout history the third Gospel has not, after all, tended to garner the same attention and affection as its canonical counterparts.

Corresponding to the conference theme, "His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke," New Testament scholar Thomas Schreiner will be offering courses on New Testament I [syllabus] and Luke's Gospel [syllabus]. In fact, you can earn up to six hours of transferable course credit through Southern Seminary in conjunction with the conference. Students will attend exclusive lectures, panel discussions, and events featuring renowned professors and pastors throughout the conference.

In these short videos, watch Owen Strachan interview Southern Seminary professors Tom Schreiner and Jonathan Pennington about how to read the Gospels wisely, observe unique themes in Luke's "underappreciated" Gospel, understand Luke's theology of atonement (or, some would aver, lack thereof), and prepare for Schreiner's course. Then, go register. We'll see you in Orlando!

Gospel Coalition Conference - April 8-10, 2013 - Part One from Southern Seminary on Vimeo.

Gospel Coalition Conference - April 8-10, 2013 - Part Two from Southern Seminary on Vimeo.

Matt Smethurst serves as associate editor for The Gospel Coalition and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can follow him on Twitter.

Categories: Interview, Opinion, Q&A, Video
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  • Nimrod Mbae

    I am glad to see that someone is taking interest in the Book of Luke. It is my favourite Gospel.
    In my view, Luke's theology is centred on liberation of the underprivileged,oppressed, dehumanized , exploited etc. Its message is basically on the same line as the Exodus. Luke however is not interested in any theological or doctrinal formulation, he simply records what Jesus pronounced to be his mission and what he did thereafter (Luke 4:18ff). Luke, follows Jesus as he systematically confronts the culture of the day which saw the wealthy as blessed of God and the poor as cursed. Said he,'Blessed are you who are poor...' By the poor, I understand our Lord to include sinners, and the socially, economically,politically and even religiously marginalized. He was anointed by the Spirit of the Lord to preach Good news to such as these and He did usher in a permanent year of Jubilee. What a Gospel!

  • Brady Granstaff

    I find it interesting that you say its the underappreciated gospel because its the one I use the most.

  • http://thekingsfellowship.com Steve, Winnipeg, Canada

    When I was in seminary a few years ago everyone was saying Mark was the underappreciated Gospel. Anyways, Luke is great and it doesn't hurt to look at it closely. I look forward to listening to the talks.

  • Kenton

    I absolutely LOVE Luke's Gospel. It's my personal favorite. It contains perhaps the most OT-rooted theology interwoven into the narrative, the most down-to-earth and yet spiritually-rich content, and to top it off it is the precursor to Acts, which I also love.

    I would argue that Luke is very much theologically-minded, and what flows from Luke is a theology that overtly includes how we view wealth. Also, I love Luke's account of the transfiguration the best, as it is the only one to connect the resurrection-prefiguring vision with the necessary sin-bearing death (there is Luke's atonement theology right there). Love it!

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