Finally, I Wrote the Bible (Sort Of)
Today, I opened a box of irony.
It was from Hendrickson Publishers and Christianity Today.
A long time ago, I was a bible major at a small college. I switched out, because it occurred to me that my options in "ministry" were limited. After all, I never liked kids (much) and I wasn't worship-leader material—two classic areas where women can find "ministry opportunities."
My thing was ideas. Writing. Shaping. Yes, maybe even preaching.
But I'm the practical sort, and I could see that my gifts weren't going to make it (much) in a traditional church setting.
Pair that with my strange little feelings of arguing with bible writers as if I really had a seat at the table (much like the rabbis and the theologians do), and maybe you can see why I opened a box of irony today.
Twenty years after I closed the book on working seriously with the bible, I have now written a piece of the bible.
Well, sort of.
And, for the record, I'm pretty sure the scribes changed a little of what I put on the scroll. But we'll leave that be.
[UPDATE: I've received some questions via various social media channels, about the use of my work in this Bible, and whether or not I gave permission and so forth. As is standard with many publishing outlets, my contract with Christianity Today granted them permission to re-use the work for later projects, should they ever have need. They did, and that's perfectly within their rights. The question of editing is a fascinating one, but let it be said that all editors do *edit* for their particular needs. Variation exists in whether that editing is passed by the writer. Even with me, in my own job as Managing Editor. :)]