What I’ve been doing in the writing ministry since 2017

I don’t remember exactly what our church typewriter looked like in 1964, but I don’t think it was much different from the one in this picture. I used it to try to produce a flyer advertising a special meeting sponsored by our church, but my father, our pastor, was not impressed.

Many years later, when I owned an IBM Selectric needing repair, I discovered the difficulty of finding a typewriter repair shop. Formerly, there were nineteen such shops in Stockton, California. That number had shrunk to one.

Over the years, I have written twenty-one books, some before I had a computer. Most of the notes I took as a seminary student in the process of earning the degree Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology were hand-written. I took a course titled “Introduction to Computers” before I owned a computer. All I had was a textbook on the subject.

When I took a twelve-month sabbatical from teaching at Urshan Graduate School of Theology, my stated purpose was to write the second volume of my commentary on Psalms. It is still a work in progress, even though I have gone through several desktop and laptop computers, six iPads, and I have forgotten how many smartphones. I am still, however, on my first Apple Watch. I have made no attempt to do much writing on the watch.

So have I slowed down writing or stopped altogether? Where is the second volume of my psalms book?

No, I still feel called to write, and I am quite busy doing it. This morning, for example, I rose from bed at about 3:00 to work on the psalms project.

But other writing projects have crept into my schedule. Let me tell you about them.

Books

I have written two books in recent years:

  • Looking Forward: A Clear View of Biblical Prophecy¬†(this book has also been translated and published in the Spanish language)
  • The Holy Spirit: A Commentary (this hard-cover project discusses almost every reference to the Holy Spirit in the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation)

Chapters

I have contributed two significant chapters for up-coming Early High Christology projects.

  • “Andrew D. Urshan: An Eastern Voice in Early Twentieth Century Oneness Pentecostalism” (I have signed the contract for this project, and it will soon be published by Pennsylvania State University Press under the title Oneness Pentecostalism at One Hundred).
  • “James and First-Century Jewish Christology.”

Magazine Articles

I have written about thirteen articles now published in the “Pentecostal Herald,” more recently known as “Pentecostal Life” magazine.

  • “The Seven Motivators”
  • “Yahweh, Jehovah and Jesus”
  • “We Have Been Where You Are … Let’s Talk About It” (I wrote this article together with my wife, Susan. It is the story of our marriage following the loss of our spouses, Robert Fuller and Judy Segraves).
  • “You Already Know Some Hebrew”
  • “The Everlasting Father”
  • “Greater Than”
  • “Bumper Stickers, Kool-Aid, and Submission”
  • “God Choose a Day of Rest: The Principle of the Sabbath”
  • “Is There a Difference between Joy and Happiness?”
  • “Marriage without a Helpmate?”
  • “Preach Recovery of Sight to the Blind”
  • “Worthy of Double Honor”
  • “You Shall be Baptized with the Holy Spirit”

So never fear. I’m still writing. The second volume of my Psalms commentary titled The Messiah in the Psalms, vol. 2, is still in the works. It keeps getting moved from burner to burner as other projects come to the forefront, but I have finished the following psalms:

  • Psalm 73
  • Psalm 74
  • Psalm 75
  • Psalm 76
  • Psalm 77
  • Psalm 78
  • Psalm 110
  • Psalm 132

I am currently working on Psalm 79.

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