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Are you between 18-30 and living in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan or Bangladesh? If so, you can help create the first ever picture of attitudes and behaviour of NextGen towards the Bible across South Asia!

The survey:

  • takes about 15 minutes to complete (you cannot partially complete the survey and come back later).
  • is anonymous but we do see your IP address (which tells us only which country you are from).
  • is a significant contribution to understanding what it is about Scripture that is important to you.

Click here to take the survey.

The idea is construct a picture of the contemporary attitudes and behaviours of NextGen towards the Bible in South Asia. The results will be shared with Bible agencies and the churches associated with the project to aid their future strategic thinking. The research team are all professionals who are staff of Forum member agencies.  [more...]

Author: Richard Margetts

Which media do we use for providing access to audio Scriptures?

In the past the answer was easy: it was the audio cassette tape, and perhaps the radio. Today there are so many more choices. This document illustrates the wide range of options:

  • Removable media (cassettes, CDs, memory cards)
  • Broadcast media (radio)
  • Digital audio players (MegaVoice Envoy, Proclaimer, Saber, Talking Bible, Audibible, etc.)
  • New media (smartphone apps, MP3 downloads, social media, etc.)

The choice we make will depend very much on the local situation and will often include more than one of these options.  [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.

Also available in Kindle and ePub versions, and translated into other languages.  [more...]

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"

What do you think? Read the full article over at the Jump Into The Word blog and leave your comments.  [more...]

Published by: Davar Partners International (2013)

This video from Zambia shows how a digital audio player, the solar-powered Audibible from Davar Partners International, can be used to facilitate Scripture engagement in group settings.

Here are some of the points made by the group leader:

  • Hearing God's Word is more important that just being told about it.
  • The audio player gives access to the Bible to those who cannot read.
  • In the local language, listeners get the message straight and it doesn't need interpretation.
  • Listeners have the opportunity to ask questions, as the group hears from each individual about what they found in the Bible story. It's an open forum, with a 'chairman' to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to share.
  [more...]
DVD with 209 illustrations
Author: Graham Kennedy, Bible illustrator
Published by: Foundation Matters (2013), available from NTM

Created by Bible illustrator Graham Kennedy of Foundation Matters, these new Bible pictures have been chosen to illustrate and complement the stories that are included in New Tribes Mission's Firm Foundations Bible study curriculum. The 209 illustrations cover Bible stories from the Creation in Genesis through the Acts of the Apostles.

A catalogue with a small preview of each the images is available for download from the NTM website.  [more...]

Pump Up Your Mobile Media Ministry
Author: Keith Williams
Published by: Mobile Advance (2013)

What’s the weak link when it comes to mobile media ministry? When it comes to actually showing mobile media, the weak link is your mobile device’s speaker. Unfortunately, most phone speakers are very weak and far too many tablets have underpowered speakers that, even worse, are positioned facing away from the viewer.

For audio and video on mobile phones or tablets to be heard by groups of people, it can help to connect your mobile device to external speakers. This can be via a cable from the phone's 3.5mm headphone socket, or wireless using a Bluetooth connection.

This review on the Mobile Advance website compares 13 speakers available for under $100, and makes recommendations on which might be the best to choose. Even if these specific models are unavailable where you are, there might be something similar available locally. The article will get you thinking on how a mobile device connected to an external speaker can help to make audiovisual Scripture engagement products accessible in group contexts.  [more...]