Just over three years ago, I started a series on this blog called “Scripture… As We Live It.” Over the last three years (164 weeks actually), I’ve written 164 posts in that series – one per week – by far the longest-running series on my blog.
(If you’re not familiar with the series, and if you’re not interested in clicking the link above, then I’ll give a short explanation. In each “Scripture… As We Live It” post, I take a passage of Scripture – usually one verse – and modify it by deleting some text and adding other text so that the “re-mixed” passage looks more like the way we actually “live” it today.)
Since I started the series, several people have encouraged me to publish “Scripture… As We Live It.” You know who you are. I weighed the options for a couple of years, then I finally approached a publisher a few months ago.
I decided to talk with Henry at Energion Publications about a possible book project based on this series. I talked with Henry for several reasons: 1) I already had a relationship with him because I’ve reviewed several books for Energion. 2) I’ve heard very good things about Henry and Energion, especially from Dave Black. 3) I liked Energion’s mission statement.
After talking about the concept of “Scripture… As We Live It,” we decided to proceed with the project. So, if things go as planned, Energion Publications will publish my book based on the “Scripture… As We Live It” series sometime in early 2012.
The goal is to include 140 re-mixed passages divided into several categories. Each passage will be accompanied by a short commentary and very specific illustrations and applications. Plus, there will be discussion questions included for each category of Scripture passages.
Some of the categories will be faith, love, service, unity, church, worship, church leaders, and church gatherings. There will probably be about 15 categories, with an equal number of passages in each category.
I hope that this book will help Jesus’ followers recognize that what we say about Scripture often does not line up with how we live. I think the format of the book – being somewhat unique – will offer people a different way of looking at the subject.
I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about this project.