Songs from Luke

This is the forty-second entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Luke can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Luke 1:31: Cherish That Name (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 1:63: His Name Was John (Hoppers, Perrys, Dumplin Valley Boys)
  • Luke 2:3-7: Between Twelve and Thirty-Three (McKameys)
  • Luke 2:7: No Room at the Inn (Spencers)
  • Luke 2:7: No Room at the Inn (Cumberland Quartet)
  • Luke 2:7: Away in a Manger (pretty much everyone)
  • Luke 2:7: From the Manger to the Cross (Blue Ridge Quartet)
  • Luke 2:7: A Gift in a Manger (Kyla Rowland & Deliverance)
  • Luke 2:7: One Little Manger (Bill Gaither Trio)
  • Luke 2:7: A Way in a Manger (Inspirations)
  • Luke 2:7: Who’s That in the Manger There? (Paynes)
  • Luke 2:7: His Father’s Eyes (McKameys)
  • Luke 2:8-18: Go Tell it On the Mountain (pretty much everyone)
  • Luke 2:8-18: The Shepherds Found a Lamb (Greater Vision)
  • Luke 2:8-18: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Chuck Wagon Gang)
  • Luke 2:9: From a Star to Stripes (Couriers, Cathedrals, Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Luke 2:11: I Have a Great Savior (McKameys)
  • Luke 2:14: Glory to God in the Highest (Inspirations, Brian Free & Assurance, Old Friends Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Luke 2:14: Glory to God (Talley Trio, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Luke 2:39-40: Between Twelve and Thirty-Three (McKameys)
  • Luke 2:41-51: It’s Jesus (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Luke 2:52: Go Tell The People (Greater Vision)
  • Luke 3:1-22: See Matthew 3
  • Luke 3:22: See Matthew 3:16
  • Luke 4:4: See Matthew 4:4
  • Luke 4:47-49: Jesus Christ, Solid Rock (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 5:37-38: See Matthew 9:17
  • Luke 6:11-17: See Matthew 14:13-21
  • Luke 6:47-49: See Matthew 7:24-27
  • Luke 8:22-25: See Matthew 8:23-27
  • Luke 8:22-25: When God Moves (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Luke 8:41-42: See Mark 5:22-23
  • Luke 8:43-48: See Matthew 9:20-22
  • Luke 9:23: See Matthew 16:24
  • Luke 10:2: See Matthew 9:37-38
  • Luke 10:38-42: Come Home (Cathedrals) (allusion)
  • Luke 10:39: Sitting at the Feet of Jesus (Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Luke 11:1-4: See Matthew 6:9-13
  • Luke 11:9-10: See Matthew 7:7-8
  • Luke 12:6-7: See Matthew 10:29
  • Luke 12:16-21: Don’t Be Careless (Jerry And The Singing Goffs)
  • Luke 15:3-7: See Matthew 18:11-14
  • Luke 15:10: Shoutin’ Time (Hoppers, Inspirations, Kingdom Heirs)
  • Luke 11:15-32: Come On (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Forgiven Again (Statesmen, EHSS)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Love Covers All Sins (McKameys)
  • Luke 15:11-32: The Prodigal Son (Cathedrals, Florida Boys, Kingdom Heirs, Mercy’s Mark, Toney Brothers, Kingsmen)
  • Luke 15:11-32: The Prodigal Son (Blackwood Brothers) (different song)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Prodigal Son (Kingsmen, Gatlin Brothers) (different song)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Prodigal Son (Kingsmen) (different song)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Prodigal Son (LordSong)
  • Luke 15:11-32: The Prodigal’s Father (Ricky Atkinson & Compassion)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Rejoice, Rejoice (Return of the Prodigal) (Henry & Hazel Slaughter)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Welcome Back Home (Bill Gaither Trio, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Welcome Home (The Brothers)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Welcome Home (Dixie Echoes, Florida Boys, Happy Goodmans, Rambos) (different song)
  • Luke 15:11-32: When God Ran (Kingsmen)
  • Luke 15:11-32: Another Child’s Coming Home (Greater Vision)
  • Luke 15:11-32: More Than I Ever Asked For (Squire Parsons, Kingdom Heirs)
  • Luke 16:19-31: Who is Lying at Your Gate (McKameys)
  • Luke 16:19-31: However I Go (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Luke 16:21: See Matthew 15:27
  • Luke 16:24: Lazarus (Dottie Rambo)
  • Luke 17:11-19: One Out of Ten (Freemans)
  • Luke 17:12-19: I Wanna Be The One (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Luke 17:26: See Matthew 24:37
  • Luke 17:36: See Matthew 13:31
  • Luke 18:18-25: Poorest Man in Heaven (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Luke 18:35-43: This Is My Story (McKameys)
  • Luke 18:35-43: But I Met a Nazarene (Perrys, McKameys)
  • Luke 19:1-10: Guess what Zacchaeus Found (Voices Won)
  • Luke 19:1-10: I’m a Brand New Man (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Luke 19:1-10: Willing (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Luke 19:1-10: Zaccheus (Gold City)
  • Luke 19:13: We’ll Work (Cathedrals Family Reunion)
  • Luke 19:40: Jesus Saves (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 19:40: The Rocks Shall Not Cry Out (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 20:38: See Matthew 22:32
  • Luke 21:28: Redemption Draweth Nigh (everyone)
  • Luke 21:28: Caught Up (Kingsmen)
  • Luke 22:12: See Mark 14:15
  • Luke 22:18: Next Time We Meet (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 22:19: In Remembrance of Me (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 22:24: It Satisfies Me (McKameys)
  • Luke 22:42-44: That Day At Calvary (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 23: See Matthew 27
  • Luke 23:36: See Matthew 27:31-33
  • Luke 23:45: See Matthew 27:51
  • Luke 23:45-49: His Father’s Eyes (McKameys)
  • Luke 23:51: See Matthew 27:57-66
  • Luke 24: See Matthew 28
  • Luke 24:1-10: I Am The Way (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Luke 24:5: Good News From The Graveyard (Cathedrals)
  • Luke 24:12: The Garden Tomb (Primitive Quartet, John Bowman)
  • Luke 24:13-32: Emmaus (Brian Free)
  • Luke 24:13-32: On the Road to Emmaus (Steeles)
  • Luke 24:13-32: The Road to Emmaus (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Luke 24:13-35: But I Met a Nazarene (Perrys, McKameys)

Where a song is inspired by something in multiple Gospels, I’ve listed it under the parallel passage in Matthew.

What others come to mind?


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  1. Isn’t “His Name Was John” the Perrys’ song, not the Hoppers’?

    • Both groups actually did the same song. (The Hoppers did it almost twenty years earlier, in the mid-80s.)

  2. Dumplin Valley Boys also did His Name Was John when Gerald Wolfe was with them.

    • Thanks – added! I’ve tried for years to find those recordings, largely without success. The rare occasions they pop up for sale online, they’re often for $40+ (per!)

  3. “Welcome Back Home” has also been sung by the Homecoming Friends on God Gave The Song

  4. pssst… you have “Between Twelve and Thirty-Three (McKameys)” on there twice.
    At: Luke 2:39-40 & •Luke 2:3-7

    That is not to be critical because I am overwelmed & impressed at all the work that went into doing these lists!!! I’ve been enjoying each of them.

    • Thanks, Joe! I believe the reason I listed it twice was because there are specific references to each of those verses (but not a narrative so broad as to cover the entire chapter!)

      I’m glad that at least a few of my readers are enjoying these – that not all of my readers are bored to tears (yet)!

      This series, by the way, continues through May 13th. After a year and a half or so, the end is now in sight! 🙂

  5. The Gatlin Brothers (and originally the Gatlin Brothers with guest stars the Oak Ridge Boys) did “The Prodigal Son”, a song that Larry wrote in the early nineties. I am unsure if it is the same that one of the other groups did. I know the Kingsmen did some other Larry songs. (“The Cross Has Won Again” being one). The Gatlins did it on some Gaither Homecoming videos, so it is likely online. Also, one year the Gatlins, J.D. Sumner, Jake Hess, and the Gaither Vocal Band did it on the Dove Awards. Jake took a solo and J.D. took Richard’s. 🙂

    • Added – thanks!

      • “The Prodigal Son” by the Gatlins and the one by the Kingsmen are the same song. The Kingsmen also recorded the same “The Prodigal Son” that the Cathedrals and others did. You have the Kingsmen down as doing another song by the same title. Is it the one the Cathedrals did or did they actually record three different songs all called “The Prodigal Son”? Also, I enjoy this series too, as I’m sure most readers do.

      • Charles, I have two different Kingsmen songs entitled “The Prodigal Son”; neither is the one the Cathedrals recorded on their You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet album.

        Thanks for the info on the Gatlin song being the same as one of the Kingsmen songs! Thanks also for the kind words about the series! It has been very interesting to prepare.

      • Ah, I found the third one. That’s interesting. I wonder how many other groups – even ones with the longevity of the Kingsmen – have recorded three different songs with the same title.

      • Cool! Well, if anyone else ever did, it would probably be with a title like “The Prodigal Son” or “I Believe” or something including “The Cross”!

  6. When God Ran by the kingsmen (Luke 15)
    That’s Him by the Hoppers (Luke 8:22)

    • Thanks! I added “That’s Him” to Matthew, with the cross-reference.

  7. On the Prodigal Son story, you’ve got GV’s “Another Child’s Coming Home,” and one my favorites, ol’ Squire’s “More Than I Ever Asked For”.

  8. Yee-ha! I found a leper song! Just added the Freemans’ “One Out of Ten” to Luke 17:11-19! 🙂

  9. Just thought of one! “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus” (Gaither Vocal Band/EHSS) for 10:39.

  10. For the genuinely obscure addition of the month, I just added “Go Tell the People” (Greater Vision) for Luke 2:52. 🙂

  11. I just “Don’t Be Careless” by Jerry and the Singing Goffs for the first time. It’s based on the rich man with the warehouses in Luke 12:6-12 – the first song I can ever recall hearing from that passage.