Reading and Living the Bible Well: Our New Course with Seminary Now

We’re excited to announce the launch of Reading and Living the Bible Well, our first online course produced in partnership with Seminary Now. Take a look at the trailer here:

Reading and Living the Bible Well - Seminary Now Trailer

The nine-part video course is taught by Glenn Paauw, our Senior Director of Content, and it’s based on his book Saving the Bible From Ourselves. Here’s the course outline:

Session 1: Embarking
Session 2: Complicated or Elegant?
Session 3: Snacking or Feasting?
Session 4: Magic or History?
Session 5: Snippets or Story?
Session 6: Escape or Renew?
Session 7: Alone or Together?
Session 8: Dismal or Splendid?
Session 9: Return

Reading and Living the Bible Well is one among many courses offered by Seminary Now, including courses by Scot McKnight, John Walton, Tish Harrison Warren, Esau McCaulley, and more.

Every Seminary Now subscription gives you full access to the entire catalog of courses, and every signup comes with a 7-day free trial. If you want to be introduced to a fresh new paradigm for engaging Scripture for all it’s worth, check out Reading and Living the Bible Well on Seminary Now. Enter coupon code IFBR at checkout for 20% off your subscription!

Institute for Bible Reading appoints next Executive Director

The Institute for Bible Reading has some exciting organizational news which I am pleased to share.

In accordance with a long-anticipated personal plan, I will be retiring as IFBR’s executive director on July 1, the month of my 70th birthday.

Our team has been aware of this plan, and our Board of Directors has engaged in a careful search process for my successor. I am delighted to announce that Alex Goodwin, our senior director of marketing communications, has been selected as IFBR’s next executive director, effective July 1, 2021.

Click here to read the full press release.

Many people have “met” Alex as one of the hosts of The Bible Reset podcast. We are excited that God has led us in this direction of younger leadership to build on the growing momentum from our organization’s first five years.

This movement is growing, lives are being changed, and we are filled with anticipation for how God will work in this coming season.

J.R. Briggs Joins IFBR Board of Advisors

We’re excited to welcome J.R. Briggs as the newest member of our Board of Advisors!

J.R. is the Founder of Kairos Partnerships, an organization dedicated to equipping and partnering with hungry leaders in their health and development. He also serves as an affiliate faculty member at Missio Seminary in Philadelphia and on the Board of Directors for Jerusalem University College.

He has authored several books including The Sacred Overlap and Fail.

“While the Bible is widely available, it is often misunderstood and neglected. I’m grateful for IFBR and its strategic, intentional, and creative work to equip people to engage with the entire story of Scripture. This vision is exciting and contagious, and it serves a significant need today. Few things are as important in our day and age than this effort.”

Our Senior Director of Content, Glenn Paauw, was recently interviewed on J.R.’s Monday Morning Pastor podcast. Check out his interview (which starts around 12:15) here:

Michelle Sanchez Joins Board of Advisors

We’re thrilled to welcome Michelle Sanchez to our Board of Advisors! Michelle has been a longtime friend of ours and one of the key champions for Immerse within the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. She also recently joined us for our conversation on How the Bible’s Story Helps Us Talk About Racism. We’re so grateful for her friendship and for the wisdom that she’ll contribute to our organization.

When it comes to discipleship, studies have shown that reflection on the Bible is the #1 catalyst for spiritual growth – but what does that look like for the contemporary church? In pursuing what it means to foster the flourishing of twenty-first-century disciples in the Word of God, the Institute for Bible Reading is engaged in some of the most important work of the church today.

Michelle T. Sanchez serves as Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. Previously, Michelle served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, as a minister to international students with Cru, and as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Michelle completed an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, spiritual direction training at the Boston College School of Theology, and field studies on the life of Jesus in Jerusalem. She is a regular columnist for Outreach Magazine and looks forward to the publication of her first book on the theme of antiracist discipleship.

Announcing our Partnership with Seminary Now

We’re so excited to announce our partnership with Seminary Now, a new on-demand streaming video platform that provides exclusive biblical training courses from today’s leading teachers, ministry practitioners, and authors.

The platform will feature courses from IFBR’s leading voices, starting with Glenn Paauw in the fall. Since we are a Seminary Now partner, you can receive a limited-time 20% discount on your subscription by entering code IFBR20 at checkout.

Like Netflix or Masterclass, subscribers get unlimited access to all courses — available on smart phone, tablet, and TV devices. The courses are divided into short 12-minute videos so you can learn at your own pace. Join today and access exclusive content from teachers and authors including Scot McKnight, John Walton, Brenda Salter McNeil, Michael Bird and many others.

We have joined InterVarsity Press, Northern Seminary, Missio Alliance, and many others in this new partnership. We’re honored be part of this network of top-notch organizations creating excellent content for you and your ministry. Check it out and start your free trial today.