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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.
Illustrated Bible selections and Bible videos
Author: Keith Neely
Published by: Neely Press (2012)
"I realised that no translation was worth anything if my children didn't read it on their own because they wanted to. The burning question for me as a parent was how do I get my children into the word of God so that the word of God would get into them? As a professional illustrator the answer became obvious."
The Illustrated Bible - containing the historical books of the Old and New Testaments - is available in two formats: as illustrated pages and as video. Each Bible story selection contains the full Bible text with accompanying images.
The videos are made from the still images, with the camera moving over the illustrations, zooming in and out, and panning across. The images are realistic rather than using a cartoon style.
There are several free Bible stories and video clips to view online or download, as well as others to purchase. Translation and dubbing is possible into other languages. [more...]
Reducing the time from translation desk to Scripture engagement
Author: Richard Margetts
"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...]
American Bible Society
John Walter, executive director of Restoration Programs for the American Bible Society, explains:
"This addition provides technical and programmatic assistance to Bible Societies and other partners who are helping the Church respond to people’s deep spiritual and emotional wounds with God’s healing Word. It does so using the program model developed with She’s My Sister in Great Lakes Africa.
Dr. Harriet Hill, one of the four authors of Healing the Wounds of Trauma, has been appointed as program director. The Institute is already responding to requests from other parts of Africa, as well as Latin America, Haiti, and South Asia—in each case taking advantage of the existing expertise of the United Bible Societies in translation, contextualization, digital delivery, publishing and Scripture engagement.
The Institute is equipping and certifying master facilitators in trauma healing, who can then introduce the model to others in their region. This is one of the ways we are going to help the Church serve the estimated one in seven people worldwide for whom trauma is an obstacle to an encounter with God’s Word."
(Source: She's My Sister Update August 2012)
Taylor University (a Christian university in Indiana, USA) has created a Center for Scripture Engagement.
The reasons given are: (1) because Scripture Engagement is on the cutting edge of evangelism, (2) because engaging with Scripture is the catalyst for transformational discipleship and (3) because a new vision of the power of Scripture is urgently needed.
The Center defines "Scripture engagement" as follows:
Scripture engagement is interaction with the biblical text in a way that provides sufficient opportunity for the text to speak for itself by the power of the Holy Spirit, enabling readers and listeners to hear the voice of God and discover for themselves the unique claim Jesus Christ is making upon them.
On the website, you can view findings from The Christian Identity & Scripture Engagement research project, where 592 university students were surveyed in 2011 on aspects of their Christian lives, including the spiritual disciplines and the role of the Bible. [more...]