Author: John Shear
Rev. Dr. J. Clinton “Clint” McCann, Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary and an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA. “It was a pleasure to teach Doc Shear at both the masters and doctorate level, and now it is a pleasure to read his new book! In THE VERSE AFTER THE VERSE, Doc Shear demonstrates both his ability as a faithful biblical interpreter and his talent as a story-telling preacher. Each chapter both instructs and inspires. Good reading for both church leaders and laypeople!” Dr. Shirley Kaczmarski, retired school principal, church musician and author. She works at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. “Everyone loves stories, and Doc Shear has an unending supply. His masterful connection of these stories to scripture is always engaging and this book is a prime example. I had not thought to connect a well-memorized verse to the one that follows until I read this book. A great resource to push readers to think of a unique approach to Bible study.”
One day Doc Shear was reading the Gospel of John. He read the familiar verse of John 3:16, then he stopped and read John 3:17, the Verse after the Verse. He discovered an amazing dynamic with these two verses, so he looked up some other familiar verses and then looked at the verse just following. There were important connections. So he selected twelve familiar verses for this book. He unpacks the verse, then looks at the verse after the verse and shows a dynamic connection. Doc Shear is a story teller when it comes to preaching scriptural text so he includes many stories to help illustrate the connections in this book. The reader will not only see those connections in the verses but will also enjoy personal stories that bring the verses to life.