After a couple of months off during a tumultuous summer I am back to doing web projects. While I fear that I am never going to complete all of my projects I keep coming up with new ideas. Fortunately I have a lot better follow through with my Christian related sites and ideas than I do with any other projects.
My newest project is up and running already. Fortunately it is designed to be quickly expandable and relies on the questions of other Christians. Bible Questions and Answers is designed to answer the questions of Christians about what it means to be a Christian, issues of theology, questions about passages in the Bible, and just about anything else that people come up with.
I got this idea from another pastor who did a sermon series based on questions from people in the church. I’m doing the same thing in October at my church and I’m using the questions submitted as a starter for the site. I figure if people from my church are asking these question, lots of of Christians must be asking the same questions. So a new site was born.
I’m also working on another site which I hope to have up in a relatively short amount of time. I could have things up this week if I have a good week or I might get distracted. I have everything I need, I just need to do some time intensive work of copying from notes to the site. After that it will be very low maintenance which is something I really like for websites.
Even though I’ve been working on some other web projects, I’m proud to say that I’ve kept up my work on the devotions site. All of June’s devotions are up and I hope to make good headway on July early next week. I find it hard to believe that the devotions site has been running for two years already and I’m proud of the site’s performance. Originally I expected to to get all of the devotions up within a year – one week at a time – but that proved to be too much. Getting married last year proved to be a big distraction. Who would have thought? When I’m finished with July’s devotions I’ll have an entire year of devotions online.
After July I won’t be finished with devotions however. I plan on taking some time to work on a few other web projects, like the 140 more articles/commentaries I need to write for my gospel site. That alone is the equivalent of four to five months of devotions. But when I come back to writing devotions I have some more themed ideas. They won’t necessarily follow a month’s timeline but will still be set up to read one a day.
Also I have already reserved the domain name for another devotions site. It won’t contain any new information but rather it will be a reposting of existing devotions. I plan on using a blog format that will post a new devotion each day so that if you like you can make the site your homepage so you read a new devotion every day when you visit. I’m tempted to launch the site now since I have the material for it but January feels like a much better time to be launching a devotional site. That way the new material won’t abuptly stop in the middle of the year either. By the end of next year I hope to have at least six more months worth of devotions ready to post for the following year as well. At least that’s the plan. That’s kind of a way down the road and there’s no telling what may happen in the meantime.
I amd very please to announce that I am officially launching a long time project, Four Gospels Together. www.fourgospelstogether.com This is actually only partial launch as I only have about half of the commentaries finished. Nevertheless, I have the largest section, the life of Christ, complete and I wanted to get the site going live and start to attract traffic.
If you’ve followed the blog, I’ve been talking about this project for a number of months. It has been very time consuming and I’ve faced my share of distractions in completing it. I now have commentary on over 100 gospel stories, covering the entire life of Christ. I still have miracles, parables, and teachings of Jesus to complete. I plan on saving the teachings for last because they will be the most in depth theologically. In retrospect the life of Christ is probably the hardest section to do however, not only because it is the largest but because of the details that need to be looked at.
My goal in this site is to compare and contrast the stories in the gospel. Because each gospel gives a slightly different account of what happened, I often find myself looking for a story, only to discover that it doesn’t contain the particular detail that I was looking for so I am forced to look for the story again in another gospel. The site provides all of the gospel accounts of one story on one page so that anyone can read all versions at one time.
In the commentary section I point out key differences between the accounts and try to put things in chronological order when there are a lot of things happening in one story.
I found myself using the research that I already did for this site as I completed my sermon series on the gospel of John. I believe that this site will be equally valuable for anyone who is studying or teaching anything from the gospels. I encourage everyone to check out the site and recommend it to friends if you like it. I’ll continue to provide updates as I get more of the site up.