2018 is here! I hope all of you had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year! The holidays are over, and now we’re stuck in the long winter slog with nothing to look forward to until April. I apologize for being missing for the last few weeks, but I took the Christmas and New Year’s off from blogging. But now I’m back and ready to continue writing for the Lord! Believe it or not, this month actually marks the website’s third anniversary. For those of you who have been following me from the beginning, can you believe that three years have already passed by?
I have several big announcements I want to share. This is truly going to be an exciting year for Depths of Pentecost. After three years of slow but steady growth, I believe 2018 will be the year God brings this site to an entirely new level. So let me list all the announcements and explain a little further what I mean.
First, and perhaps most exciting of all, the book is done! The Thursday before Christmas, at exactly 9:00 pm, after nearly two years of grueling work, I finally finished the first draft of my debut book, Bringing the Exodus to Life. Most of you probably may not have known I was working on a book, even though I did briefly mention it when I first started working on it in January 2016. I’ve kept quiet about it until recently, as I got closer to the end. Finally getting it done is also why I had to take a few months off at the end of the year.
So what is Bringing the Exodus to Life? As the title may suggest, it’s a study guide/commentary of the book of Exodus. But it’s also so much more. I set out to write the greatest book on the subject ever written. I noticed that plenty of commentaries give us great insight into the spiritual applications of the second book in the Bible, but shy away from the history of it. Likewise, there are some great archaeological books on the real-life evidence for the Exodus that completely ignore the spiritual insight we can gain from it. In all my research, I’ve never found a book that focuses on both. Part-study guide, part-spiritual commentary, and part-history book, this will make the story of the Moses and the Israelites more real than ever before! I’m excited to finally be on the verge of releasing this thing on the world! Expect me to start talking about it more often.
Furthermore, the book can hopefully be the start of a new series. There are countless subjects in the Bible to cover, and I hope a Bringing the Bible to Life series could provide a long and fruitful line of books to write!
So what’s the road from here? Some of my readers are published authors and know the drill. For those who don’t, it is a very long road from finished manuscript to publication. Especially for a first-time author such as myself. A first draft is different from a final draft. I’ve been editing as I go, but the book will at least need one more round of revisions, which itself could take a few more months. From there, I’ll be testing the book on beta readers (people who can look over it and give me feedback on its potential success, as well as offer constructive criticism). After that, I still haven’t decided between seeking a traditional publisher or trying my hand at the wild world of self-publishing. Different writers have recommended different choices, so I’m really not any closer to making a final decision. There are infinite pros and cons of each, and I’ve also looked into hybrid publishing as an option. If anyone has any feedback, I’m open to recommendations.
But that’s not the only announcement.
Another secret project I’ve been working on for almost three years, on top of writing my book, has been a deep study into the archaeological evidence for the stories of the Bible. I’ve told almost no one about this but my wife and maybe a little extended family as I intensely researched, reading and taking notes on dozens of books by Biblical archaeologists. While mainstream archaeology generally rejects the Bible as a series of Bronze Age fairy tales, men like David Rohl, Bryant G. Wood, and J. Randall Price have been turning the tide with their excavations and findings.
Starting this Sunday night, I will begin a 12-part class at my church on Bible archaeology. This class will change the way people look at the Bible forever! It will have pictures, timelines, slideshows, everything. My fellow church members are in for a real treat, and I highly urge you to invite friends and family, especially if they’re skeptical about anything in the Word of God!
And if you don’t go to my church, not to worry. All of this material is going to be put together in my second book, Did The Stories in the Bible Really Happen? Unlike the last book, which has taken almost two years to write, I’ve got a leg up on this one, so it should be finished within a year.
Now, for the website itself. There are two upgrades to Depths of Pentecost that, along with the books, I’m hoping will increase traffic dramatically and help continue to build this site as a grassroots movement to get the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.
First, I’m planning on adding a “Recommended Sites” section in the sidebar. This will be a collection of links to other websites that I think my readers would enjoy. Depths of Pentecost is currently getting about 150-200 visits per day. The publication of the book will probably increase that. So if you are a Christian blogger, this will be a great way to funnel some of my traffic to your site! This will be a great way bring together a connected community of Christian writers. This will be done with permission, of course. And I’m not asking for anything in exchange; just let me know if you’d like free advertising!
And finally, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time will finally get done. In the coming months, I’ll be ready to launch a YouTube channel for Depths of Pentecost. It will include a vlog series where I can cover a wide variety of topics I’m not able to in my writings, from Christian apologetics to blogging tips for up and coming writers. I’ll also be able to chronicle my journey to publication of the book. It will also include clips from my classes at church (which a lot of you have been asking for) or when I’m able to guest speak at other churches or events.
Many of you have been with me since day one. But for those who are still new to this site, welcome to the family! This isn’t about me. God started this ministry and this website. I feel all this is just where He wants it to be and He’s getting ready to take it to new levels according to His perfect timing. All of the knowledge of the Word as well as the gifts of writing and teaching He’s given me are for His glory. I’m grateful for what He’s helped me put together in the past three years. But all of that is nothing compared to what’s coming. And I can’t wait to see how much we’re going to grow together in the coming year!