If you’re new to the blog, I’d like to introduce you to the book and what I’m trying to do. If you’ve been around for a while, you may be wondering where the project stands. This will help you catch up.
Writing isn’t unusual for me. I’ve written one somewhat technical theology book that you probably don’t want to read, and another really technical theology book that you almost certainly don’t want to read. And I’ve written other stuff too. So the new journey wasn’t writing itself, but a different kind of writing. Different for me, at least.
Two years ago, a friend and former student asked me to speak to his high school youth group on their winter retreat. I accepted and decided to do a weekend series on the gospel. I wanted to help them understand how the gospel fits into the broader storyline of the Bible and how it impacts far more than just how you get saved. How can you go wrong with that?
It was terrible.
Despite the fact that I’d spent years in youth ministry, I found myself struggling to transition from 4-hour seminary lectures to 45-minute high school talks. Go figure. Let’s just say that I ran a tad long at times. And it inevitably felt choppy and rushed. Oops.
But that weekend gave me a vision for what could be.
Since then, I’ve been reorganizing, rethinking, and re-teaching that material, focusing on helping Christians see the gospel through new eyes so they can again appreciate it as something so amazing that you can spend the rest of your life trying to understand it fully. And, along the way, I started writing it all down: first in private, then for friends, and finally on this blog.
I’d like to thank all of your for your help with writing this book. You’ve been very gracious with your feedback as I’ve posted various pieces here, you helped me wrestle with whether I should pursue traditional publication or just put it online for free (Should You Make People Pay for a Book about the Gospel?), and you even helped with the title: Good News for the Living Dead: A Fresh Take on the Gospel Story. Who knows if that title will survive the publication process, but that’s what I’m calling it at the moment. So thanks for all you’ve done. It’s been a great help.
Now I’m in the process of securing a publisher. (Translation: I spend one evening a week hiding in the bushes outside a Christian publishing house hoping to use my oversized butterfly net to catch an editor on the way home.) I’ll keep you informed as that develops. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing some more excerpts from the book. Some are new pieces that I don’t believe I’ve posted before. Others are things that I’ve revised significantly since I posted them here. As always, I’ll appreciate your feedback.
You can learn more about the project on the Good News for the Living Dead page. I’ll be adding new excerpts and resources to that page over the next several weeks, so stay tuned!