DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Too many Christians have been taught that Moses and the Old Testament are about law and that Jesus and the New Testament are about gospel. This separation of the Bible into two, "Old" and "New," has done a great deal to distort its message. Perhaps more importantly, it has set the stage for a deep misunderstanding of the Bible's overall message concerning God's work in the world.
"Liberating God: What The Church Doesn't Teach About The Bible" is a no-apologies proclamation of the gospel found throughout all of scripture. The message of the Bible is not two separate messages, one old and one new. The Bible preaches one coherent, unbroken gospel throughout its pages. From the story of Moses and the Exodus; from prophets like Jeremiah to kings like David; from tales like Jonah and the Whale to parables told by Jesus; even letters from Apostle Paul, all share the same good news of a liberating God.
Whether from the lips of Moses or Paul, scripture proclaims one gospel message amid the conflicts that plague our society. It is good news in response to the bondage suffered by communities throughout the world. It is the gospel that speaks a word of life into our death-dealing struggles with racism, sexuality, poverty, debt, oppression, and other themes that dominate American life.
There is a single woven thread throughout scripture that ties together patriarchs, prophets, disciples, and apostles. Never again will you wonder what the Bible is about, for throughout its pages it proclaims the good news that God is a liberating God.
Don Strickland is an ordained pastor. Married for nearly 30 years, he has two grown children. He received his master’s degree from Divinity Brite Divinity-TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. And he holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Texas in Arlington. He is a community and political organizer. His academic interests lie at the intersection of politics and religion. He is currently serving as Lead Minister for a church in Fort Worth, Texas. Aside from his academic and pastoral career, he is the founder of Jubilee Farm and Ranch, LLC where he enjoys raising livestock.