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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.
An innovative way of experiencing the Gospel of Mark and communicating it to others
"You can present every incident of Mark's Gospel vividly and powerfully to a group of invited guests, with a team of 15 actors from your church or Christian Union. It is an amazing experience for Christians, reminding them of the work of Jesus, and it's also great for anyone investigating the Christian faith."
Churches and university Christian Unions in the UK, Germany, and other European countries are presenting the Gospel of Mark in a 90-minute drama, The Mark Drama. It takes a group of 15 actors (members of the church or CU) who learn the order of the events in Mark's Gospel over a six-week period before the rehearsals and live performance.
The drama is presented as theatre-in-the-round with the action taking place in the middle of the audience (who become like the crowds watching and listening to the words of Jesus). There are no props, costumes, lighting, amplification or sound effects, and no professional actors.
Those who are taking part, both the actors and the crowd, are speaking of the powerful impression the words of Jesus make on them when learned and presented in this way.[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...]
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...]