LONG STORY SHORT:
The Bible In Six Simple Movements
The Bible can be daunting. It’s ancient, enormous, and sometimes challenging to understand. Long Story Short opens up the Christian Scriptures by sharing the biblical narrative in a way that requires no prior engagement with the Bible. It traces the big story of who God is and how he is saving the world through six simple movements: Creation; Fall, Israel; Jesus; Church; New Creation. With this framework in place, readers will not only understand how the little stories of the Bible fit together into a seamless whole, they will also be compelled to step into the drama to be part of its performance.
McNall writes in a compelling tongue-in-cheek style and has pop culture references scattered throughout. But rather than distract from the biblical story, it engages unchurched, de-churched, or over-churched groups with substantive truth about God’s character and the story of redemption. This book is for anyone who may find the Bible confusing, irrelevant, or inaccessible. Included at the end of each chapter are group/reflection questions, and references for sections of Bible reading that accompany that part of the scriptural story.
About the Author
Joshua McNall (PhD, Manchester) is assistant professor of theology at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Brianna, have four young children and he blogs regularly at joshuamcnall.com
March 11 - Introduction
March 18 - Chapter One - Creation: Why Sugar Momma had to Die
March 22 - No Class (Pastor Chris is in Wichita for Apprentice Experience)
April 1 - Chapter Two - The Fall: Why Apples Are like A-Bombs
April 8 - Chapter Three - Israel: Why Wrestlers Need Rescuing
April 15 - Chapter Four - Jesus: Why Directors Should Wear Makeup
April 22 - Chapter Five - Church: Why You Shouldn't Buy My Business Book
April 29 - Chapter Six - New Creation: Why Movies Make Us Cry