Episode 48

Chase Replogle

Scripture Can Teach You To Write: Learning Structure from Luke's Acts

The Bible is an incredible work of literature. With careful attention, there is a lot you can learn about writing from it.
The Bible is an incredible work of literature. With careful attention, there is a lot you can learn about writing from it.
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Show Notes:48. Scripture Can Teach You To Write: Learning Structure from Luke’s Acts

The Bible doesn’t get enough credit for how well it is written. The Biblical writers are obviously skilled at their craft. Books like 1 & 2 Samuel are some of the best of ancient literature.

As a pastor who weekly studies and preaches through books of the Bible, I’m often struck by some literary move or nuance. Only a few of these observations make it into my sermons. I want to start sharing a few more of them with you.

These observations are insightful for the student of scripture but equally instructive for the writer looking to learn from the masters. The Bible can teach you a lot about writing. Let me show you a few examples, like how Luke approaches structure in the book of Acts.

  • There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
  • Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
  • Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
  • Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
  • Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
  • Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
  • Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
  • Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
  • It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
There have been intense negotiations in my house about getting a new dog. I have been arguing that we wait till summer… so we got one in last week. Charlotte got Lucy for her seventh birthday this weekend.
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Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
Couldn’t help digging through the folder of the letters with Ernest Hemingway. One that he wrote from Paris in the 20s and the other from Cuba in the 50s. Both are the original copies.
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Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
Caught the train to New Haven to spend the day digging through their archive of Dead Sea Scroll papers.
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Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
Quick trip to New York for a work project and I got to bring an assistant. We got to stay at the Algonquin Hotel, famous for its twentieth century literary round table (Fitzgerald, Ross, Parker…). We also snuck in dinner and a show at the Met Opera. Still confetti on the streets near Time Square.
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Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
Survival firestarter kit received for Christmas. He’s already got it down. Nice to know we are in good hands.
2 months ago
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Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
Another Christmas recital in the books. These two worked incredibly hard and gave amazing performances.
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Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
Another great day on the White river. If you’re crazy enough to fish in the cold, you’ve got the whole thing to yourself.
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Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
Big thanks to @rwakie for another great day of shooting ducks (teals, mallards, and a Gadwall.) We saw a lot, shot a lot, and managed to hit some. They are beautiful birds.
3 months ago
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It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
It was cold. It we shot birds. Great fun for a another South Dakota pheasant hunt, this one with my brother and dad. Throw in some nice points and retrieves from Millie and it was a great weekend.
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