Cape Town, South Africa, 16-25 October 2010 and at GlobaLink sites around the world.
In October 2010, the Forum Of Bible Agencies International will participate in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa.
It has been a privilege to contribute to this effort in multiple forms, including:
- Submission of a paper on “Three Major Priorities in Eradicating Bible Poverty”
- Participation in the Scripture in Mission Global Conversation leading up to the event.
- The development of a series of five videos designed to challenge attendees to ‘eradicate Bible Poverty’, to be shared in the morning Bible exposition time (these will be made available following the October Congress).
- Presentation of a Multiplex session that complements our paper submission, as well as leading four Dialogue sessions on Scripture in Mission – focusing on the majority world urban setting, the majority world rural setting, in the setting of other major religions and in the post-modern world.
Please be in prayer for the Lausanne Committees responsible for this incredible event, as well as attendees who will convene from around the world. You can learn more about the Congress and discover ways to interact with others as the Congress convenes by visiting the Congress website.
"Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32)
Wherever you are in the world this Easter weekend, whoever you are celebrating with, whoever you are talking with, may you know the risen Lord speaking clearly as you 'open the Scriptures'.
Here are some Scripture Engagement resource ideas for Easter:
- SGM Lifewords Easter Resources (visual, audio and liturgy)
- God's Wonderful Surprise (video from the Jesus Storybook Bible)
- The Easter Story Podcast (dramatised audio Scripture from Faith Comes By Hearing)
If you are a member of the WWSE Community, do remind yourself of the four Bible Reflections from last year's consultation, as we reflected on Scripture Engagement in different aspects of the Emmaus Road story. [more...]
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To keep in touch with current discussion on Scripture Engagement, here are some of the blogs to watch:
"Being in Malaysia at the WWSE conference has given me a small insight into what is happening to the church globally. I believe the church is going through a reformation of sorts, on many levels. Scripture engagement is playing a huge part in that. In fact, Scripture engagement may be the most important element..." [more...]
"Recently I've been spending a fair bit of time reflecting on the practice of reading the Bible in community. So much of the efforts I have seen to get young people into the Bible take a very individualistic and privatized approach with poor results. Some people are beginning to turn to the ancient traditions of reading in community..." [more...]
"The best way to win the culture war is not for Christians to hyperventilate about those who don't believe the Bible. Instead, it's for the church to "read it and live it" themselves. Until we do that, our message and our mission will never be fully successful." [more...]
Christianity Today has just posted an article by Mark Galli, entitled 'Yawning at the Word'.
He remarks how people are increasingly bored when preachers quote passages of Scripture:
It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or we start mentally to check out. Don't spend a lot of time in the Bible, we tell our preachers, but be sure to get to personal illustrations, examples from daily life, and most importantly, an application that we can use.
In response to this, Galli reflects on how incredible it is that we could possibly be bored with the very revelation of God!
Whenever the Bible is read, a hush should come over us. We should be inching toward the edge of our seats, leaning forward, turning our best ear toward the speaker, fearful we'll miss a single word—the deeds and words and character of Almighty and Merciful God are being revealed! In a world of suffering and pain, of doubt and despair, of questions about the meaning and purpose of existence, we are about to hear of God's glory, forgiveness, mercy and love, of his intention for the world, of his promise to make it all good in the end, of the way to join his people, of the means to abide with him forever! And there we sit, tapping our feet, mentally telling the preacher to get on with it.
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Bible Society New Zealand, Scripture Union and Wycliffe Bible Translators New Zealand are bringing the E100 Challenge to churches in 2010.
The E100 Challenge consists of 100 carefully selected readings through the Bible, each ranging from five or six verses to a couple of chapters. The 100 readings are designed to give people a good grasp of the Bible story.
Watch this video for some first impressions:
Global Recordings now has a range of accessories to accompany their Saber audio player. Launched last year, the Saber is being used as a means of distributing audio Scriptures in many countries.
Available accessories include a solar panel, a 12V DC charger and an AC mains charger (pictured below):
This means there are a multitude of options when it comes to charging the Saber. Other charging methods include the built-in hand crank and an external battery pack.
Preliminary findings from the National Biblical Literacy Survey in the UK have been released:
Sixty-two per cent didn’t know the parable of the Prodigal Son and 60 per cent couldn’t name anything about the Good Samaritan.
Church-goers who were surveyed also showed a lack of Biblical knowledge with 72 per cent knowing nothing about Daniel in the Lions’ Den and 57 per cent unable to talk accurately about The Stilling of the Storm when Jesus calmed the Sea of Galilee.
Younger interviewees told the researchers that the Bible was “old fashioned”, “irrelevant” and “for Dot Cottons” – in reference to the church-going EastEnders’ character.
Three-quarters of respondents said they owned a Bible and 31 per cent said the Bible was significant in their lives today.
The survey was carried out on behalf of CODEC (Communication in the Digital Environment), at St John’s College, Durham University.
The Forum of Bible Agencies International announces the launch of Find A Bible, an innovative and interactive website that gives easy access to Scriptures in more than 3,000 languages.
The Find A Bible site (www.findabible.net) provides the most comprehensive and current database of Bibles and portions in majority and minority languages available. Many Scripture products noted on the site have never before been listed on the web. Through Find A Bible, users now have a single place to search, download, view, or listen to these Bibles through links to Forum member agency websites.
As the global community continues to increase its dependency on the Internet, the public expects to find information about Scripture availability online. If a Google search for a Bible in a given language turns up nothing, people will assume it does not exist.
Prior to the release of Find A Bible, people wishing to find Scripture in a particular language had to browse through a variety of web sites that offered a limited number of Scripture products for purchase or online viewing. But now, through Find A Bible, with just the name of a language and a click of the mouse, links to Scripture products or information about the product are within reach.
Find A Bible is the culmination of years of research and work by Forum agencies working together to see that all who are searching for God’s word in their own language can find it. [more...]