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Professor Pens Innovative Commentary on Luke

Dr. Richard Vinson, visiting professor of religion at Salem College, has published a commentary on the Book of Luke that utilizes art, movies, novels and contemporary references including a quote by comedian George Carlin -- to help pastors connect the Scripture with today. Vinsons commentary on Luke, published by Smyth...

Dr. Richard Vinson, visiting professor of religion at Salem College, has published a commentary on the Book of Luke that utilizes art, movies, novels and contemporary references – including a quote by comedian George Carlin -- to help pastors connect the Scripture with today.

Vinson’s commentary on Luke, published by Smyth & Helwys, has been described as “the most intellectually versatile of any I have ever read,” according to C. Clifton Black of the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Vinson describes the author of Luke as a figure particularly relevant to our time. “Luke was a physician and well-educated, probably either wealthy himself or with wealthy patrons. However, he is the most consistent voice in the Bible against consumerism, and the folly of spending your life accumulating wealth,” he says. “Luke is a big champion of the poor and the outcast.”

Vinson completed the work while also teaching electives on Luke, and is now at work on a second commentary for Smith & Helwys, this one on the book of 1st Peter. That work is expected to be published in 2010, along with a new book on Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer.

A native of Alabama, Vinson was educated at Samford University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Duke University. He has served churches in a number of states. He was dean of arts and sciences at Averett University in Danville, Virginia for five years and was dean of the faculty at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia before coming to Salem.