Biblical Bystanders

Introduction:

Viewing Biblical Characters from a Certain Point of View

This is a project focused on recounting events and stories from the Bible through a collection of short stories. The short stories are written from the perspectives of people who were present at and who watched the events in the Bible unfold. I call these people Biblical Bystanders. These short stories will hopefully provide a different perspective on certain events or characters from the Bible.

My prayer is that God can use me to provide a different viewpoint than the one that would originally arise when reading the scripture. I do not want to add to scripture; I simply want to give a different perspective through a few historical fiction short stories. Now that I have a platform to share my thoughts in a way that I like and am passionate about, I will be attempting to put myself in the shoes of these Biblical Bystanders and retell certain events that transpired during the Biblical narrative.

I was re-inspired to pursue this venture because of some scripture studying I did and some sermons I heard by Pastor Mike Adkins of Grace Orlando on Judas Iscariot and Simon Peter. Both sermons are embedded below.

However, prior to hearing those sermons, my original inspiration came many years ago when I heard a recorded Bible study by a man named Matt Lantz who works full-time for a wonderful organization called Pine Cove Camps in Tyler, TX. I wrote down extensive notes on the Bible study and one of my first installments of this project will be inspired by what I heard in that Bible study. You can find the audio recording of Matt’s study that I referred to here (select the Week 8 recording).

Around the same time, I also read The Innkeeper by John Piper which added to my inspiration to pursue this project. I was so inspired by how Piper created a historical fiction poem in order to give depth and provide a different perception to the innkeeper, all based on one or two verses about King Herod.

Lastly, I need to give credit to a man who was a big part of my inspiration to actually follow through on my dream of writing. I was always worried about writing because I am cut from the cloth of a mathematically focused background. Both my degrees are math-related and both are in extremely technical fields. But a friend named Thelonius Chestang inspired me to get in touch with my creative side through storytelling and writing. He has written two books about his faith and is working toward writing a few more. His background is mathematical and even more technical than my own. After working for him for over a year, I realized that I should just give writing a shot. Beyond that, he showed me that if writing could inspire or touch the life of at least one other person, then all the time spent struggling to get a story on paper would be worth it.

Overall, this project is something I am very excited about. I also hope this project aids me in growing closer to the Lord by digging deeper into the Bible. I believe it will also help me and whoever reads these stories to realize that they are very real and happened to real people just like us. Hopefully God can use these stories in your life like He did in mine. Enjoy!

 

Get Started Here:

Table of Contents

First Story

 

Embedded Sermons:

Grace Orlando (Pastor Mike Adkins) – John 18:1-12 (Judas’ Betrayal)
Grace Orlando (Pastor Mike Adkins) – John 18:13-27 (Peter’s Denial)