Joshua McNall (PhD, Manchester) is a professor of theology at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Brianna, have four young children and he blogs regularly at

The Bible can be daunting. It’s ancient, enormous, and sometimes challenging to understand. Long Story Short opens up the Christian Scriptures by sharing the biblical narrative in a way that requires no prior engagement with the Bible. It traces the big story of who God is and how he is saving the world through six simple movements: Creation; Fall, Israel; Jesus; Church; New Creation.

McNall communicates in a compelling tongue-in-cheek style with many pop culture references scattered throughout. But rather than distract from the biblical story, it engages unchurched, de-churched, or over-churched groups with substantive truth about God’s character and the story of redemption. This presentation is for anyone who may find the Bible confusing, irrelevant, or inaccessible.

“Long Story Short will make you smile, make you think, make you wince, make you wonder. It warmly welcomes you into fresh engagement with ancient truth. Josh masterfully connects the familiar with what we have yet to discover.”
Wayne Schmidt
General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church