Hi, I’m Stephen M. Miller. I write easy-reading books about the Bible. That’s my thing. My niche.
I write the way people talk. No Christian jargon. No religious clichés. No preaching.
I don’t tell you what to think. Instead, I report what some of the top Bible experts say they think. I pull from the heads of the tradition-minded as well as the mavericks.
I write especially for non-Christians, new Christians – people curious about the Bible and about what Christians believe.
As a 19-year-old college student graciously described my writing, I keep it “simple, not stupid.”
Even Christians enjoy this approach to studying the Bible, I’ve discovered.
I’m a former newspaper reporter who went to seminary because I wanted to make the jump to Christian writing. So I have a bachelor’s degree in news journalism and a seminary degree in biblical studies.
I cover the Bible beat.
If you insist on reading more about the likes of me, here’s a link to my bio: Stephen M. Miller.
Peace to you.
Casual English Bible®
Welcome to the Casual English Bible.
First thing: It’s a work in progress, a beta edition, still unedited.
Casual English Bible is a paraphrase written the way we talk today, in everyday English.
As I’m working on it, struggling over how to put ancient ideas into today’s ever-changing language, there’s one group of readers I target more than any other:
People who don’t read the Bible.
I try to write what they can’t resist reading.
Odd Bible paraphrase
Casual English Bible is an oddity.
No one asked me to write it.
No one has expressed any interest in publishing it, but then, I haven’t pitched the idea.
Some professional colleagues have discouraged me from writing it. They say, rightly so, that there are already plenty of Bible translations out there. Why make another?
My short answer: Because I want to, and I can.
I didn’t plan on paraphrasing the Bible. Publishing companies spend millions of dollars hiring teams of doggone smart scholars and gifted writers to produce wonderful Bible translations and paraphrases.
What would make me think I could compete with that?
I never intended to compete.
Casual English Bible started as an experiment in my own private Bible study. I was writing a book about Genesis for a Christian publishing company. And I thought it would help me understand the book of Genesis better if I paraphrased all 50 chapters of Genesis as a personal Bible study project.
Oh my goodness. I loved doing it.
I learned stuff about the Bible and life in Bible times that I never knew—and I’ve got a seminary degree followed by over 40 years of writing and editing Bible background books and magazines and Bible study curriculum.
I don’t look that old, right?
Paraphrasing the Bible into casual English was like no Bible study I had ever imagined. I got so excited that I tried to get my Bible study group to paraphrase a few verses on Sunday morning.
They didn’t like it so much. Maybe it’s a writer thing.
After paraphrasing Genesis, I jumped into the New Testament Gospel of Luke and then to Luke’s sequel, the book of Acts.
Since then I’ve been working my way through the New Testament on my own time, at my own expense. I don’t have a sugar daddy or a sugar momma supporting this work. But I’m going to keep at, and I’ll keep making the online paraphrase free for everyone to read.
I hope you find the Casual English Bible engaging, enjoyable, and hard to put down.
It’s all of that to me as I work on the paraphrase one word at a time.
Leader’s guides & atlases
I’ve decided to create a leader’s guide along with an atlas of high-definition maps for each book of the Bible that I paraphrase.
Each set will be available as a PDF download for $4. You get both the leader’s guide and atlas for $4.
Here’s the link to all the sets available: Casual English Bible Leader’s Guides & Atlases.