What if we had the whole story…God’s whole story? What if God told us His plans for human history…and how we fit into it?
The good news is that He has. The Bible is His message to the human race, and it is an amazing book. It is rooted with tremendous amounts of evidence in the long history of the human race, including geographical locations, the movements of nations, and the psychological reality of each human soul in our terrible need for the meaning that only God can provide.
The only problem is that the Bible can seem unapproachable for a lot of people. If the Judeo-Christian Scripture is outside of the religion you follow (or don’t follow), it can feel challenging to get explanations for the parts that don’t make sense. In the Christian community, we can feel intimidated about learning it on our own. Often, we are so aware of the long history of intense scholarship and theological discussions about the Bible that we think it is beyond our ability to navigate. Some have tried to study the Bible, but when we look at some of the stories or sayings, they seem so foreign (or even bizarre) that they are hard to integrate with the things we know and love about other parts of the Bible. That is a great tragedy because when some of those confusing parts are given clarity, they are the very things that reveal the most beautiful, amazing things about our Lord.
A great truth that has been carried throughout the traditions of Christian faith is that the divinely inspired authors of the Bible wrote in a way that common people can understand. This is the truth. If we spend time in the Word, pay attention to the themes that come up, the way they link together, and the explanations God gives, it is amazing how layer after layer of truth and beauty arise from the text. Another major tradition of the Christian faith is the importance of education. We aren’t meant to go it alone in our struggle to know God. We have a community of believers to support us and walk with us…including elders who have gone before us and discovered wonderful things that they delight to give to us as priceless treasures. My life has been totally changed by the spiritual mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers that the Lord has put in my life. That includes professors and authors and missionaries and pastors and friends who are filled with God’s Spirit. I feel no shame in admitting the degree to which I borrow, steal, and grab from them on a daily basis. There is tremendous delight and meaning in the creative process of taking what they have taught me and putting it in a form where I get to share it with others. And that brings us to the topic of this website.
A number of years ago, the Lord laid a vision on my heart that started out as a tiny seed. These were the questions I had: What if we laid out the stories of the Bible with all their vibrant characters and the progressive revelations of God, and with a little help to understand how the broader story was unfolding? What if it helped clarify what the divinely inspired author meant to teach us at each step? What if it explained how we fit into that story? What if these stories and their explanations were laid out into short 10 minute bites so that we…all of us…adults and families and friends and kids or Christian schools and Sunday Schools…could take in the story bit by bit, digesting deeply, without becoming overwhelmed?
These questions are at the heart of what I am trying to do with these stories. The internet has provided a way to make them available to anyone that wants to check them out. Since posting the first blog in late July, 2014, it has been viewed a little over 2,000 times in over 60 countries. Now, we all know that when it comes to the internet it means very little for someone to click on a site…they may very well have clicked away a few seconds later. Fortunately, numbers were never really the point. What strikes my heart is that some of those hits have come from places where Christians are being persecuted and have limited access to Scripture or the wider world of the Christian Body, their spiritual family. So let me take a moment to communicate to our beleaguered brothers and sisters who are standing for Christ in the darkest places and who might pass this way: We are proud of you. We understand that you have been given a place of honor in His Kingdom as those who have suffered for Christ and as Christ suffered. Many thousands of us are with you in our prayers.
To those of us who are not facing those challenges, may we be faithful enough to be humbled by their service to God, and may we understand the importance of our time, prayer, and resources in our support of them. Here is a link (among many other opportunities) to do so: http://www.persecution.com.
I hope this website a blessing, and know that I would love to hear from you!