I JUST FINISHED paraphrasing the Gospel of John for the Casual English Bible.
I wanted to get the paraphrase out in time for the Easter Season. But I’m still working on the maps. I have some finished. But I’ll keep working my way through the 21 chapters until I have all the maps I think you’ll need to get a feel for the lay of the land where the stories take place.
I’m going to hold off on creating the leader’s guides for a while. Instead, I’ll jump back to Revelation next and paraphrase that tough bundle of Greek words into the best Casual English I can interpret.
From there, I’ll go to Hebrews and then on to the remaining smaller letters I still need to paraphrase. At this point I probably have about three-fourths or more of the New Testament finished.
Easter season videos
I’ve created several videos that seem fitting for this time of year.
NEW VIDEO, JUST RELEASED:
Resurrection of Jesus—why Christians believe
Lots of folks are genuinely perplexed about why seemingly intelligent people believe Jesus rose from the dead. Here’s why Christians believe it. And it’s not all about the stories in the Bible. There’s Roman history, too. And some Spirit.
What Romans said about the crucifixion
Bible writers weren’t the only ones talking about crucifixions…or the crucifixion of Jesus. Roman writers did, too, with gritty detail. Jesus’ crucifixion actually shows up in Roman history books and letters written in his own century.
Two Deaths on Good Friday
This is the true story of two men who suffered and died on a Friday. One of the men was Jesus. The other is a man with cancer. I don’t mean to diminish what Jesus went through on Good Friday—or what he accomplished for people of faith. Just the opposite. I think it makes the story of Jesus all the more personal when we consider the dying of others we love, and the story of their suffering. This is the story that did that for me.
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