Wish Frederick Buechner
a Happy 87th Birthday!
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- Historical References, Commentary and
- The Five Gospels Parallels, John W. Marshall, University of Toronto.
- V.XIII.1, Adversus Haereses, Irenaeus of Lyons. (c. 180)
- IV.18, IV.19, Against Marcion, Tertullian (c. 210)
- "The Raising of the Widow's Son at Nain," Luke 7:11-17, Martin Luther, c. 1525.
- From the Geneva Notes.
- From Matthew Henry's Commentary (c. 1700).
- From Wesley's Notes. John Wesley (1703-1791).
- From the Commentary on the Whole Bible (Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871).
- From The People's New Testament, B.W. Johnson, 1891.
- Contemporary Commentary, Studies, and Exegesis:
Luke 7:11-17, Jeannine K. Brown, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org,
- "And as Luke systematically connects the church's ministry to Jesus' own mission, we have the evangelist's mandate to exhort our churches to embrace compassionate ministry to the poor in Jesus' name."
- "Women, Work, and the Word," Eric D. Barreto, ON Scripture, Odyssey Networks, 2013.
- "What if Jesus were to encounter today not a grieving widow but a single mother courageously leading a family on the edge of poverty? What life-giving message might he share with her? What faith would he see in her?"
- "You Do Not Need to Understand Healing to Be Healed," sermon discussion from Frederick Buechner, Frederick Buechner Blog.
- "The fact that I did not understand its truth did not keep it from being in some sense also a blessed dream, a healing dream, because you do not need to understand healing to be healed or know anything about blessing to be blessed."
- Son of Nain, John Jewell, Lectionary Tales, 2013.
- "I don’t think Jesus is trying to tell us that we should just hunker down, tough it out and when we die he will see us to heaven. The stories are about life."
- "Jesus Raises...a Prophet?" D. Mark Davis, Left Behind and Loving It, 2013.
- "When the crowd says 'A great prophet has been raised,' we assume that they are making a statement about Jesus based on this great work of wonder in raising the dead. But, this text has already fixed the verb 'being raised' to someone– the dead/raised man – who, not incidentally, rose up speaking. Speaking is what prophets do. Maybe this crowd is saying that, through Jesus, a prophet has just been raised."
- "The Heart of the Healer," Alyce Mc Kenzie, Edgy Exegesis, 2013.
- "Elijah in Jewish tradition is supposed to return to usher in the messianic period. Matthew and Mark both identify him with John the Baptist. Luke almost completely drops the link between Elijah and the Baptist and shows Jesus fulfilling Elijah's role."
- "No Formulas," Rick Morley, 2013.
- "Jesus isn't so easily boiled down. You can't take the breadth, length, height, and depth of the power that created the earth and everything in it, and the love that suffered death on the cross, and capture it in a tagline or a bumper sticker."
- "How to Heal Like Jesus," Lia Scholl, The Hardest Question, 2013.
- "Luke's DIY guide to healing people."
- Lectionary Greek, Luke 7:11-17, Rob Myallis, 2013.
- Holy Textures, Understanding the Bible in its own time and in ours,
Luke 7:11-17, David Ewart, 2010.
- "I'm left wondering how often I prefer being dead to being obedient. I wonder how many times, Jesus' command to, "Rise," has fallen on deaf ears?"
- "Jesus and the widow of Nain," Pentecost 3, Daniel B. Clendenin, The Journey with Jesus: Notes to Myself, Journey
with Jesus Foundation, 2013.
- "I still remember learning the Greek verb "to have compassion" thirty years ago in seminary — 'splagcnizomai.' The word occurs a dozen times in the New Testament, only in the gospels. The verb form comes from the noun 'splanxna,' meaning your bowels, heart, lungs, liver or kidneys, which in that day were the center of human emotions. Throughout the gospels Jesus is a man of compassion."
- "What Happened at Nain," Nancy Rockwell, The Bite in the Apple, 2013.
- "Jesus pushes us to see that death is not a Spectacular Evil. It is ordinary and banal. Indeed, the three whom he raises will have to die – again. And the next time, they will die for good. But in the meantime, the connection in which death has been reversed is the connection of hearts."
- "A Place of Holy Mystery," Neil Chappell, a weird thing, 2013.
- "Funeral Interrupted," Dr. Janet H. Hunt, Dancing with the Word, 2013.
- "When were you last 'seen?' Were you seen in your vulnerability or your strength? Did you experience that as a gift? Why or why not?"
- Pulpit Fiction, podcast. Reflections of lectionary text, pop culture, current events, etc. Robb Mc Coy and Eric Fistler, 2013.
- "Rise," Jan Richardson, The Painted Prayerbook, 2013. (Use of images.)
- Radical Gratitude, lectionary-based stewardship, Northwest United Methodist Foundation. (.pdf)
- Preaching Luke 7:11-17, Margaret Aymer, Lectionary Homiletics sample.
- "As we enter the slower, warmer days of summer time, of ordinary time as the Lectionary calls it, it may be helpful to preach a sermon calling people to remember the identity, not just the compassion, of the one they call Lord whom the people of Nain call prophet."
Luke 7:11-17, Sarah Henrich, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org,
- "Luke's gospel is like a treasure chest of passages: one great episode after another, each intrinsically interesting and each a carefully placed part of Luke's greater narrative."
Thoughts on Year C Gospel Passages in the Lectionary," Pentecost 3,
William Loader, Murdoch University, Uniting Church in Australia.
- "In the midst of the complexity of human need is hope and the possibility of renewal and life."
Commentary, Luke 7:11-17, Shauna St. Clair, The African American
- "To speak of Jesus and women is to search for ways that the power of Christ, through us, can bring life to damming circumstances faced by women in our society day in and day out."
- Jesus raises the widow's son at Nain, audio telling, story in episodes, graphic, audio and written commentaries. Go Tell Communications, Biblical Storytelling for the Global Village, 2010.
Lectionary Blogging, John Petty, Progressive Involvement,
- "Before Jesus' action, there were two crowds--one a procession of death, one a procession of life. Now, in light of Jesus' victory over the powers of death, this distinction no longer holds. The crowds are now designated as 'all.' They are together now, and gripped in common by both fear and praise."
- First Look, Luke 7:11-17, Lee Koontz, Reflectious, 2010.
"The Widow's Son at Nain,"
Gospel Analysis, Sermons from
Pastor Edward F. Markquart, Grace Lutheran Church, Seattle,
Washington. Detailed background and exegesis.
- "The greatest miracle at all is the miracle of belief."
Raises the Widow's Son," Rev. Bryan Findlayson, Lectionary Bible
Studies and Sermons, Pumpkin Cottage Ministry Resources.
- "This short incident in the gospel of Luke forms part of a section which reveals the nature of the dawning kingdom of God."
Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Discussion,
Luke 7:11-17, Wesley White. "A place of
conversation regarding Progressive Christianity."
- "The gate of complaint and resolution is an appropriate meeting place for this tale."
Expository Essay, Luke 7:11-17, Dr. William R. Long.
- "...this text gives us in brief compass a story of restoring to life that has reverberated down the corridors of time, a story that tells me that God's remarkable deeds of mercy are more than we can think."
- Commentary, Luke 7:11-17, Jeannine K. Brown, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2013
- Articles & Background:
- "Miracles attributed to Jesus," wikipedia.
"Magic, Miracles, and The Gospel," L. Michael White. PBS From
Jesus to Christ.
- "Probably in some ways, and more than any other issue within the development of early Christianity and the gospels tradition, miracles present one of the problematic areas."
In Other Words: Social Science Perspectives on Healings," Jerome H. Neyrey,
University of Notre Dame, 1995.
- "...we should attend to the institution in which the healing takes place, either kinship or politics. What roles does the family have in an illness? How are they socially and economically affected? What role do they play in the seeking of a cure? What costs do they pay or debts to they incur? What if the healing occurs in the political realm, even if this is a healing shrine such as the temple of Asclepius at Epidaurus? Healings, moreover, might have important political implications, for "prophets" arose, echoing themes of liberation and freedom. The political significance of the account of the healing by the Jewish Eleazar before the emperor Vespasian and his retinue should not be discounted (Josephus. Ant. 8.45-48)."
- Recommended articles
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selected theological schools, and clergy/church offices.
- Evans, Craig A.,
"Luke's Use of the Elijah/Elisha Narratives and the Ethic of Election,"
Journal of Biblical Literature, 1987.
EBSCO ATLASerials, Religion Collection
EBSCO ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
- Karris, Robert J., "Luke's Soteriology of With-Ness,"
Currents in Theology and Mission, 1985.
EBSCO ATLASerials, Religion Collection
EBSCO ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
- Evans, Craig A., "Luke's Use of the Elijah/Elisha Narratives and the Ethic of Election," Journal of Biblical Literature, 1987.
- Homily, Deacon Sil Galvan, with free resources at DeaconSil.com, 2013.
- A Grave Reality -- Sermon for Proper 5 | OT 10 based on Luke 7:11-17 by Glenn E. Ludwig from SermonSuite.
- "Jesus Raises the Dead," Pentecost +2, 10 June 2007, Samuel Zumwalt, Goettinger Predigten: Every Sunday Sermons based on the RCL by a team of Lutheran theologians/ pastors.
- "From Procession to Party," the Rev. Dr. Kim Buchanan, Day 1, 2007.
- "God of Compassion," Rev. Frank Schaefer, DesperatePreacher.com.
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