The Christmas story presented in the book of Luke is one of the most widely known and recounted Bible stories today. Butler presents a refreshing new look at this story and other detailed accounts of Christ's birth, death and resurrection with this thorough examination of Luke's writings. From the musical anthems of Mary and Elisabeth in Luke 1, to Jesus' glorious ascension, the text comes alive with in-depth analysis of the facts and events of Jesus' life, paying special attention to culture, setting and context. Butler's colloquial language and approach affords even the layperson a unique appreciation and perspective.
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John G. Butler, originally from Iowa, has been a Baptist minister for over fifty years and a pastor for over thirty-five years with pastorates in Clinton, Iowa; Williamsburg, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois. Having attended Tennessee Temple University and graduated from Cedarville University, he also authored the 27-volume Bible Biography Series, a 10-volume Study of the Savior series about Jesus Christ, and the 4-volume Butler's Daily Bible Reading set, a unique daily devotional focusing on expository Bible study.
“All of this gave Satan a great advantage, but it showed that if we have spiritual power, we can do well in spite of physical weakness.” (Page 70)
“Churches do not want their pastors preaching with conviction about right and wrong, and society does not want churches holding strong convictions about right and wrong. But it is Christ’s way and thus the right way.” (Page 81)
“Demanding one’s rightful share of the inheritance before the death of the parents is repugnant to good people. It is a perversion of privilege. It looks at gifts as debts and rights that one deserves.” (Page 299)
“Most men are like this prodigal in that they run to do evil but drag their feet to do righteousness.” (Page 300)
“The patience missing in the demand. ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.’ (Luke 15:12). The prodigal could not wait for the proper time to obtain his inheritance. Such is the way of the flesh. It has no patience. It wants fulfillment of fleshly pleasures now, not later. Such folk cannot wait for marriage to have sex; they do not want to wait in work for wages; they do not want to wait in study for good grades in school. The devil has many shortcuts, and they look appealing, but they are all deadly and will destroy.” (Page 299)
John Butler was Baptist ministry for over fifty years. He attended both Tennessee Temple University and Cedarville University. Originally from Iowa, Butler served as a pastor for over 35 years with congregations in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. He is a veteran of the United States Navy.