New version of The Gospel Blimp released today...

Speaking of books, if you haven't yet read Dad's Gospel Blimp, you really should. Written back in 1962 after two decades working in the parachurch world of Evangelicalism, Dad's parable remains quite funny and painful.

Good news! Today Clearnote Press released a new version of this classic. With an intro by Doug Wilson, the Gospel Blimp is bound with a full set of Dad's other stories/parables formerly published as I Saw Gooley Fly.

The title is The Gospel Blimp (and Other Parables); (Kindle), (Paperback), (Nook), and (eBook-Kobo). Later this week it will be available on iTunes.

It would be a great encouragement to the men of Clearnote who did the work of revision, proofing, and design if readers of Baylyblog were each to buy a copy. And, if you're willing, you could like, share, and/or comment on the announcement on the FB page of Clearnote Fellowship. Thanks.

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BTW, for the foreseeable future, no Bayly family member will receive any royalties on the sale of this book.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


I remember reading the comic book version many times as a kid. I'm putting this on my wish list.

Dear Valerie,

Your wish is my command. Here's the comic book version.


I love the subtle humor in the book. For example: 

"Every so often an airplane flew over, high in the sky. You could see the twinkling red and white lights...I guess that’s what got us started on the Gospel Blimp. Or maybe it was George and Ethel’s next-door neighbors, who were playing cards and drinking beer on the porch. Anyway we began talking about how to reach people with the gospel."

And this one:

"The blimp was delivered in April. It drifted in, sort of lazylike, from the East, where it had been manufactured....It was a beauty. I’ve never seen Herm so touched-- said it made him think of a perfect sausage, a perfect one."

I’ve never seen Herm so touched-- said it made him think of a perfect sausage, a perfect one.

I can't help but try to picture the author at the moment he penned a particularly hilarious statement.

That was a particularly hilarious statement!

Ha! I found that several years ago ( Looks like you found another site for it. ;^)

The book has no arrived, as well as a number of other Joe Bayly titles. Looking forward in the coming years to read what your father had to say.

Argh, I meant the book has *now* arrived.

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