Epic Day

Today is an epic day: I finished up my editorial work for God’s Justice: the Holy Bible. I’ve been working on this project for the last two years. It’s been intense, especially in the last eight months. On a number of occasions I wasn’t sure it would come together on time. But it did. Hallelujah!

God’s Justice is a Bible with notes on justice. I am working with a team at Biblica, the international Bible translators and publishers. We developed a prototype, and then I recruited 55 writers from all over the world to write introductions and notes on the theme of justice for every book in the Bible. I don’t think anything like it has ever been done before—both focusing on justice, and working as a global team with such diversity.

Most of the difficulties I have faced came with that international cast. The biggest issue is that people are so extraordinarily busy in the developing world—busy in a way that westerners can hardly imagine. An educated, competent person is under obligation to serve in many ways beyond their job. And then there is their extended family, who depend on them. It’s not acceptable in most of their cultures to say you’re busy, of that you have other priorities. If your nephew comes needing help with school fees, you have to stop and help. If your father-in-law is sick you must provide for his care. Many of these are “what’s-happening-now” places, where the event occurring this moment has a much stronger hold than some plan or deadline or commitment that is currently out of sight.

So, I had lots of woes getting things done on time. One woman got sick and was in and out of the hospital for months. One writer just stopped answering emails—he disappeared without explanation. And many people were late—usually for very good reasons.

Not to mention that few of my writers had extensive experience as writers. They all had things to say, but some needed help saying it.

Nevertheless, if the global character of the project was the source of much stress for me, it was also the source of much joy. It gave a sense of heaven in preparation—so many kinds of people. I count it a very great privilege to be involved in one of the very first projects of any kind in the entire history of Christianity to actively involve the whole breadth of the world. Wow. This is a new era, when people of every culture can join in working together.

I have a little breathing room now, and hope I can post to this blog more often. In the next week or so I’ll try to articulate some ways I learned and grew from living and breathing the subject of God’s justice.

 

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6 Responses to “Epic Day”

  1. Silas Says:

    How exciting! proud!

  2. fbcpastor Says:

    Way to go, Tim. Sounds exciting.

  3. fred prudek Says:

    I can’t wait to get my copy of this globally written Bible on justice.

  4. Kathy Says:

    Hooray! Can’t wait to see it!

  5. mindy Says:

    Me too.

  6. James Swenson Says:

    Congratulations, and best wishes for the next steps in the process!

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