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It's not enough to translate the Bible; it's not enough to distribute the Bible. Our desire is to see real Scripture Engagement: people encountering God's Word in life-changing ways. On this site you'll find news, events and resources for those encouraging Scripture use and Bible engagement around the world.
YouVersion and OneHope have teamed together to develop The Bible App for Kids, "designed specifically to engage children with stories from the Bible". It's available for free download for Android and iOS mobile devices. It was installed more than 450,000 times by people on its launch day.
The app comes with six interactive Bible stories:
- In the Beginning (Creation of the world)
- The First Sin (The fall)
- The First Christmas Gift (Jesus is born)
- Through the Roof (Jesus heals a paralyzed man)
- It is Finished! (The cross)
- A Happy Sunday (The empty tomb)
More are promised in the future.
Each story has seven or eight colorful pictures with text, narration and background music. Touching different items on a picture makes them come to life, such as letting the paralyzed man down from the roof or seeing him get up and leap for joy. There is treasure to collect and questions to answer along the way. [more...]
Reading Big, Reading in Context, Reading Together
Community Bible Experience combines three different approaches to reading the Bible:
1. Reading Big — Participants read the entire New Testament (or large portions of the Old Testament) in 8 weeks, by reading about 10 pages per day, 5 days a week. The Books of the Bible is formatted without chapters or verses to enable easy reading of larger passages in a single sitting.
2. Reading in Context — The Books of the Bible has re-ordered and re-combined many sections of the Bible back to the way it was originally written. This re-ordering allows the participants to experience the Bible in its historical context.
3. Reading Together — Whether in a small group or as a whole church, participants read the same passages, at the same time, and come together in community to discuss their thoughts, observations and 'aha' moments. As group members engage with the Scriptures they add deeper meaning and understanding for the entire group. Together, they grow closer to God, and to each other. [more...]
How the church can help, 2013 Revised Edition
Authors: Harriet Hill, Margaret Hill, Richard Bagge, Pat Miersma
Published by: American Bible Society, 2013
Healing the Wounds of Trauma offers a practical approach to engaging the Bible and mental health principles to find God’s healing for wounds of the heart. This provides a strong foundation for restored lives and relationships.
It is a resource for leaders in churches and NGOs who care for people who have suffered horrific events like war, civil unrest, ethnic conflict, rape, and natural disasters. It will also help individuals struggling with suffering. It provides core mental health principles within a biblical framework, an approach that has been field tested since 2001 with leaders from Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and independent churches. It has been adapted into more than 150 languages and cultures around the world.
It is designed for use in groups and written in simple and non-technical language. Each lesson begins with a story depicting its topic, followed by discussion questions and participatory exercises. The book includes 270 Bible references from 217 passages.
This is the core book of the Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society.
Author: Lawson Murray
Published by: Scripture Union Canada, 2013
In the Jump Into the Word blog, Lawson Murray asks how the digital age will influence Bible engagement.
He makes a list of possible effects:
- "the Bible will be read in multiple formats in an ever emerging variety of forms on a growing range of devices
- availability and access to different Bible versions and translations will continue to increase
- greater access to audio Bibles and podcasts may help us become better “hearers” of the Word
- sharing thoughts and insights about the Bible may increase due to social networks like facebook and Linkedin
- interactive software programs/systems, hypertext, blogs, posts and webinars uniquely facilitate biblical study and reflection
- sharing favourite or meaningful verses will increase due to texting and tweeting
- the individual’s opportunity and capacity to understand and interpret the Scriptures will increase
- missions could prosper because nations closed to the Gospel will find it more difficult to restrict the availability of biblical texts
- the Scriptures are readily available in any language or translation to anyone on earth with a smart phone
- Scripture memorization may decline because Google, Bible Gateway, You Version and such make it easy to look up a passage or text
- people will become significantly less likely to buy printed copies of the Bible
- reading Scripture within a contemplative framework may decline
- sequential reading will decline due to the fact that reading on the web develops inclinations to skip around, dip and dabble, browse or scan information
- tendencies to read the Bible in short fast bursts will increase
- concentration and meditation on the Scriptures will suffer because of what Cory Doctorow has called “an ecosystem of interruption technologies” (animations, hyperlinks, live feeds, pop-ups and so on)
- qualitative depth of reading will be sacrificed for reading geared to a quantitative scope
- e-books may augment a predisposition to uncouple content from form which may lead to tendencies to view the Scriptures as something detached from their incarnational form – the textual equivalent of Cartesian dualism
- the role of the local church in the transmission and interpretation of the Scriptures will decline"