This Blog Will Sunset June 30, 2018

If this is news to you, see the post Simplifying.  Although this blog will remain accessible until mid-2018, I will not be doing any more posting to it.  All my writing is now focused on books, which you can learn about here.

Revising the Structure and Name of This Blog

This blog was previously titled Bible Notes for “A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom” and its tagline was A Companion Blog to “A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.”  It was my second blog and I began writing it February 1, 2010 as a companion to the first one.  My first post was short and included this simple explanation:

Some people who read [my blog] will want to study its concepts in the Bible.  This companion site is designed with those people in mind.

(The insertion [my blog] above refers to what is still my main blog, A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom, whose title I have revised slightly over the years.  The purpose of that main blog was, and is, to clearly articulate and explain the most important truths I have learned from the Bible.)

This general purpose of this blog has never changed either.  Nor is it changing now.  What is changing is the structure of this blog.  When I began it, my approach was to mainly provide Bible verses which a curious reader could research to find the biblical support for each post I was writing in the main blog.  I could have simply listed these verses (and occasional accompanying notations) on the main blog but I did not want to confuse readers with too much data or to intimidate them with Bible citations knowing many of them would not be biblically literate.

The need for this sort of approach has been obviated in recent months.  This is because in March I began using software that causes any Bible reference to pop up the actual verse(s) if a reader hovers the cursor over the chapter and verse citation.  With this feature, I could write my posts on the main blog, include any chapter and verse citations, and know that an interested reader could simply hover his cursor over the citation and read the verse without having to stop and open a Bible.  Of course, my ultimate goal is for all readers to do just that – that is, turn away from my blog and to the Bible itself.  However, I recognize that I am providing some value for some period of time so I want the time that readers give it to be spent as productively as possible.

This, of course, will change the way I write posts for the main blog.  However, I write them well in advance of publication so it will yet be while before posts written the new way begin to show up.

I could stop writing this blog and just leave it up for the archives of support posts it contains for the main blog.  However, in June it occurred to me that I could also use this verse pop-up feature to create Bible studies for readers who wanted to them.  I think of it as meditating on the word of God, a word or concept at a time (Psalm 1:2).  Thus I began writing these “Bible Studies” on June 10th and have been indexing them.

I’ve created a “home page” for the blog where the index will always be present. This should help become even more scripturally literate, and makes this blog even better structured to achieve its original purpose.

Given the changes I’ve described, it seemed appropriate to title the blog more appropriately.  After all, it’s no longer as tightly wedded to the main blog as it was.  Therefore, the title is changing from Bible Notes for “A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom” to simply Bible Study Notes for the Kingdom of God.  And the tagline will go from A Companion Blog to “A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom” to Studying the Bible in Digestible Pieces.  (The “companion” posts will continue until the current stock runs out.)  [Editorial Note, October 5, 2014: I published this post September 26th with the new title being “Bible Notes for Scriptural Christians” but I’ve decided to use “Bible Study Notes for the Kingdom of God” instead – primarily because it’s more descriptive of the content, and fits better with the titles of the other blogs – both to show how it’s different from the other blogs, as well as how it’s similar.]

I hope these changes help you become more familiar with the Bible.  More than that, I hope they help you become more familiar with the Bible’s author and subject (John 5:39).

The “Heaven” Book Now Available as Podcast on iTunes

My book – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – is now published as a podcast and listed in the iTunes Directory.  Here is what the listing looks like: iTunes.

You can most easily find it by searching from your iOS device on “mike gantt,” where it will show up next to my other podcasts.  You can also find it by searching on the title of the book.

For those of you with Android devices, the podcast has been submitted to Stitcher but has not yet been listed.  That will probably happen in the next few days.  I don’t plan to send out an announcement about that, as it should happen as a matter of course.  If it doesn’t show up for you in the next couple of days, please post a comment to this post and I will follow up with Stitcher.

I remind you that whether you have an Android or an iOS device, you can download the “Mike Gantt app” from the app store.  With this app you will have access not just to this book, but to every podcast I have produced and will produce.  Moreover, every podcast episode I publish goes to that app before it goes anywhere else.  Therefore, no matter what your smartphone or other device, the best way to receive every audio teaching I release – and the moment I release it – is through the “Mike Gantt app.”  (By the way, I am not proud of the app’s name, but I am willing to take responsibility for what I say.)

 

Ministry Newsletter Covering All My Blogs, Podcasts, Books, Etc.

Since my ministry activities include multiple blogs, podcasts, and books, I have decided to produce a periodic newsletter which will cover all these and related activities – in case there are any of you who want to keep up with it all.  I’m calling it Mike Gantt’s Ministry Newsletter.  It won’t be fancy.  It will just explain my overall view of things from time to time – but a minimum of monthly.  You can sign up for it on the right-hand side of this About page.  (And this is the only place on all of my blogs that you will be able to sign up for it.)

Note that my various blogs will allow you to sign up for an e-mail notification of each new blog post, but this newsletter sign-up is different.  Although I allow anonymous comments on my blogs and anonymous sign-ups for the blog post e-mails, for this ministry newsletter I wanted it to be a little more personal, which is why I ask for a name.  It should go without saying that I’m not going to use your information for any purpose other than the purposes I just stated for the newsletter, and that I am never going to try to sell you something or obtain a donation or anything else from you.  I just feel that I should provide a way for interested people to know more about the thinking of the person behind these various forms of content I am providing.

I do not expect many people to sign up for this newsletter, but for those want to keep up with all that I am doing in this ministry, this newsletter will provide a cohesive view of my activities and make sure that I don’t take on anything new without your knowing about it.

Service Post-Mortem

It appears that the transition from my old web hosting provider to the new one is complete, except for the mopping up.  That is, I’ll probably spend the next few days or weeks refining the presentation of the pages because many of the settings were altered slightly, but the major problems appear to have been resolved.  If you notice any other problems, please bring them to my attention.

Anyone following the blog through the WordPress Reader were not transferred over.   Apparently, there was a technical obstacle to that which could not be overcome. Anyone subscribing by e-mail, however, should have been effectively transferred.  Again, if any problems, let me know.

As I complete the finishing touches on the transition, I look forward to working on the additional capabilities that this new environment provides so that I can bring you more awareness of His grace.  Thanks for your patience.

 

For Those Readers of Blog for the Lord Jesus Who Want to Read or Study the Bible

Some people who read Blog for the Lord Jesus will want to study its concepts in the Bible.  This companion site is designed with those people in mind.  I am just starting it, which explains why there is so little content here now.