CASUAL ENGLISH BIBLE website is up and running today.
First thing: this is a beta edition.
It is barely proofread, and not at all edited for consistency in style, spelling, or clever phrases that don’t work.
So there will be revisions along the way. And I invite you to alert me to any problems you see or suggestions you’d like to recommend. (Unless you’ve got weird stuff like, “Jesus had blond hair, blue eyes, and wasn’t a Jew.” Or maybe, “Son of God is the truth, Son of Man is a lie.” I get those in my email. I delete them.)
Why release an unpolished beta edition?
I’m thinking it might help Bible study groups who want to use my July release: A Visual Walk Through Genesis.
While I wrote that book, I decided to paraphrase the Bible book of Genesis for personal study, on the side. I didn’t intend to publish it.
But the more I worked on it, the more I began to think it might help provide discussion possibilities for Bible study groups using A Visual Walk Through Genesis in their meetings. So I added discussion questions to each chapter, and ended up with over 350 questions.
I decided to post the work on what is called a microsite that’s linked to my main website. With some financial help from Harvest House Publishers, the folks who published A Visual Walk Through Genesis, along with the web design and development by TriLion Studios, we were able to create the site and take it live in time for readers to use it with A Visual Walk Through Genesis.
Since creating the paraphrase for Genesis, I’ve added the Gospel of Luke.
At the moment, I’m working on the sequel to Luke: the Bible book of Acts. In Luke, the writer tells the story of Jesus. In Acts, the same writer, presumed to be a physician named Luke, tells the story of how the Christian movement got started after the Resurrection of Jesus.
I’ll post Acts and the discussion questions when I’m done.
Then onto the next book.
I haven’t decided which. Probably not Numbers. Revelation scares me, which might be an argument for doing it. Romans terrifies me, with all that industrial-strength theological stuff – but it sure needs help making the jump to the way we talk today.
10 free copies of A Visual Walk Through Genesis
If you’re stateside and you haven’t gotten a copy of this book from me, post a comment, saying you’d like a copy.
The first 10 to respond before midnight Central Time, Friday, June 9 will get a free copy.
Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. If you’re making your first comment on this blog, I have to approve it. But you’ll keep your place on the rotation, and everyone who reads this article will be able to see who the first 10 respondents are.
FYI, I almost never get 10 comments to an article, unless I wander off into social topics and politics, such as my article comparing the quotes of Mr. Trump to those of Jesus Christ: Donald Trump & the King of Kings. That caused a stir.
So, since we’re not talking about Christian morality and politics, the odds are in your favor.