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When selling the NT or a Bible it helps to give with it something to encourage people to read portions each day. This might be a reading card for a year published by the Scripture Union (they have a special NT only one), or it could be a series of reading suggested by the local churches. Another popular possibility is a sheet of references dealing with specific problems, rather like the list found in a Gideon’s Bible.
In this article, Margaret Hill describes things you can do before, during and after a dedication event to promote Scripture engagement and use. These include competitions for choirs, Bible reading during the ceremony, providing how-to-read-the-Bible guides, promoting audio materials and running Scripture Use seminars. [more...]
"If the food is ready and the people are hungry,
don’t put it in the freezer and tell them to come back later."
The title of this article sprang from a discussion we had during a training course for Scripture Engagement practitioners in Yaoundé, Cameroon. From their experience of working with Bible translation teams across francophone Africa, the participants knew that it could take a very long time before completed portions (such as individual Bible books) got from the translator’s desk and into the hands of the people. The ‘food’ would be ‘put in the freezer’ waiting for the day when it would finally be served to those hungry to receive it.
So why does this happen? If the people are hungry for God’s Word in their own language, why would a translation team take this spiritual food and store it away in the freezer for another day? What is causing the delay? Isn’t there something we can do to reduce the time from translation desk to Scripture engagement? [more...]
Back issues of InterLit magazine (2002-06) from Cook Communication Ministries International. In 2007, InterLit was replaced by the online magazine Cook Partners.
Every issue of InterLit shows God active in Christian publishing around the world, and includes:
- thought-provoking articles on international issues
- publishing news from around the world
- practical advice on writing, editing, design and production
- sales and distribution ideas
- outstanding international authors
"I cannot afford to be without it (the IBMR); neither, I believe, can any person, or any library, seriously concerned with the Christian faith as a world-wide phenomenon, or anyone engaged at any level in mission studies, or anyone involved in the issues of Gospel and culture." (Professor Andrew F. Walls)
From January 2010, IBMR became a free online journal. Free subscriptions to the online edition - and access to archives - are available for those who register.
Every issue offers you:
- Reports on mission trends and conferences
The ICE network exists to encourage and equip Christ-followers in every culture to express their faith through their own heart music and other arts. We facilitate online networking and provide resources for the development of culturally appropriate Christian worship, utilizing insights from ethnomusicology, missiology, worship studies and the arts.
IJFM is the official journal of the International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM) and is a publication of William Carey International University.
Contains thoughtful articles on mission strategy, some of which deal with the role of Scripture.
All articles are available online for free download.
Resources, events and community for those reaching oral communicators.
The NEED: There are 4 billion oral learners in the world, with a minority of resources attempting to reach them for Christ.
The PEOPLE: The remaining Unreached People Groups are predominantly oral societies.
The SOLUTION: Communicate the message of Christ to people in ways that make sense to them – instead of in ways that make sense to us!
The VISION: Influence the body of Christ to make disciples of all oral learners. [more...]
"Orlando Saer's Iron Sharpens Iron may well become the "Bible" for small group studies--as the author's six finely wrought chapters cover virtually everything essential to initiating and maintaining healthy small group Bible studies. There is nothing arm-chair here... Saer writes from ground-level, providing us with hard-won advice that is unexceptionably biblical, intensely practical and ever-so-wise. (from a review by R. Kent Hughes)"
Orlando Saer provides a practical guide for anyone leading or wanting to lead a small Bible-study group. [more...]
"Social activity is our responsibility in the discipling process. Once a person has responded to the love of Christ, we are to help them grow up in their faith. Setting them free from the chains of sin and yet not removing them from the chains of illiteracy and thus oppression is not loving my neighbor."
In 'Is Hearing Enough?', Don Edwards presents research carried out in India, where a significant percentage of new church leaders and believers cannot read. He argues the case for literacy to play an important role in discipleship efforts as part of what it means to love our neighbor.
In the light of the growing focus on Orality, the author challenges us not to lose sight of the vital role that literacy plays in grounding believers in their faith. [more...]