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the parable of the The Messiah Scrolls

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Notes and tweets
from the 2014
Justice Conference

The transformative
rule of Christ

An invitation to
Millennial Christians and
unaffiliated young people

Authors, agents,
and publishers...

The Messiah Scrolls
as Digital Literature

Note to my friends

How can we know God?
Through the Holy Spirit!

The Gospel in Christ Culture:
how resemblance and
stereotypes endanger
100% Christian community

Christ Culture and
Civil Community

Table of Contents

About the Authors

About the Parable
...if you’re Christian
...if you’re not Christian
...if you prefer not to state
...and Second Life

Project Strategy & Goals

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Now online: The Story of the First Disciples
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You are invited to purchase or preview the novel:

  • A story about how the New Testament could have been written and compiled: who helped the Gospel authors? who tried to kill them?
  • An imaginative picture of the first century missional communities of Jesus' disciples and the original "small groups" where they wrestled to apply Scripture to their own lives
  • Possible answers to questions such as: How did the first Christians manage to spread the Word so quickly? How did female Christians and converts from other cultures participate?
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Spring 2014: an open letter to Christians and unaffiliated young people

Thank you to everyone who has written to discuss our mutual concerns about the young people of today, the under-30, "unaffiliated" Millennial generation. In this open letter I have linked to studies that describe how both unaffiliated and Protestant young people are technically savvy and self-focused, desiring access to Heaven but unwilling to allow God to change their lives in the present. Other studies offer more hope and describe the many ways that online interactive content already reaches this generation.

It is my hope that the e-book on this web site, The Parable of the Messiah Scrolls, can be one means of giving younger millennial and unaffiliated readers an opportunity to see what Christianity and the understanding of Heaven was like in the first century AD, to judge for themselves the claims of Jesus without pressure or guilt.

The full "open letter" may be read here.

If you would like to read and annotate the full novel, the pre-print-publication price of $27.50 entitles you to:

  • Secure online access to all chapters of the novel, including group annotations and reference material
  • A study guide
  • A printed copy of the second edition (with curated annotations) shipped free in 2015

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, please join me in reading and annotations and preparing public domain study materials, working in hope as we bring fresh images of the developing first century Disciple communities into the modern day. 

With gratitude for your interest,

Don Chatelain


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