Luke Commentary – Author Interview with Mike McKinley

luke bible commentary mckinleyPastor Mike McKinley, author of the Luke volume in the For You commentary series, was raised in suburban Philadelphia. He received a B.A. in Religion and Classics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

In 2004, Mike was brought onto the pastoral staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church as a church planter. In 2005, he brought a small group of people from CHBC to Guilford Baptist Church in order to help revitalize the church’s ministry. He served as Guilford’s pastor until 2013, when Guilford merged with Sterling Park Baptist Church, where he now serves as Senior Pastor.

Mike has been married to Karen since 1997, and they have five beautiful children: Kendall, Knox, Phineas, Ebenezer, and Harper. In his free time, Mike loves to spend time with his family, reading all kinds of books, and daydreaming about the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Eagles.

7 Questions on Luke in the For You Commentary Series

Recently, Dr. McKinley graciously answered my questions about his Luke commentary. Readers will learn how this commentary came to be, what is unique about it among Luke commentaries, and how the project edified him personally.

1. What previous research and/or personal interests led you to this project and helped prepare you to write this commentary on Luke?

Luke was the first book of the Bible I read upon my conversion, and I am always particularly compelled by his portrait of the Lord Jesus. My main preparation was the joy and privilege of preparing and preaching Luke’s gospel to the church that I serve.

2. Who is the intended audience for this commentary? Would it benefit pastors? professors? students? lay Christians in the local church?

The work is pitched at Christians who want assistance understanding, applying, and even teaching Luke. It does not engage the many “beneath the surface” questions that occupy academic commentaries, but rather takes the text as it is and attempts to help Christians step into the story and understanding how the book of Luke is still speaking to us today.

3. What is unique about this commentary? What contribution does it make to studies of Luke?

As I mentioned above, the goal is not to break any new ground in the field of Lukan studies. If there is anything unique about the commentary, it is the “God’s Word For You” series’ commitment both to serious exposition and also practical application.

4. What section or passage of this commentary was particularly memorable to research and write? Why?

This might seem like a strange answer, but I got very excited about the genealogy that concludes chapter 3. On the initial read it seems like it’s out of place, but when you look closely it turns out to be Luke’s interpretive key to the baptism and temptation narratives that bookend it.

5. What personally edified you in writing this commentary, increasing your affections for Christ?

It would have to be the narrative of Christ’s suffering, particularly the events leading up to the cross. Seeing someone so wonderful being treated so shamefully is sickening; but the fact that he endured that willingly for the sake of his sin-sick people makes my affections for Christ soar.

6. Besides your commentary, what are your top recommended books (commentaries or otherwise) on Luke?

[Darrell] Bock, [Joel] Green, and [James R.] Edwards are all very helpful and learned commentaries. If I can be so bold, I have published two other books on Luke. Passion: How Christ’s Final Day Changes Your Everyday is a slow mediation on the suffering and death of Jesus in Luke’s gospel. In a similar way, The Resurrection in Your Life walks through Luke’s account of the resurrection and ascension.

7. What is next for you? What project are you currently working on? How can people follow your work and ministry?

Currently, I’m working on a devotional in a series that P&R is publishing (https://www.prpbooks.com/series/31-day-devotionals-for-life). In terms of following my ministry, my sermons are available at sterlingparkbc.org.

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