Video: How the Bible’s Story Helps Us Talk About Racism

How does the Bible speak into our current cultural moment? What does the story’s trajectory reveal about God’s concern for overcoming systemic injustice?

On June 25th we hosted a free webinar with panelists Dominique Gilliard, Michelle Sanchez, and Fr. Steve Delaney to discuss how how the Scriptures can inform our growing national discussion on racism. By understanding God’s mission to set things right in the world, we can participate in his work toward restoration and love.

How the Bible Helps Us Talk About Racism - Dominique Gilliard, Michelle Sanchez, Fr. Steve Delaney

Click here to view the Scripture passages and additional resources compiled by the Evangelical Covenant Church, which Michelle recommends during the conversation.

  • Dominique Gilliard serves as Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is also the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores
  • Michelle Sanchez serves as Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Fr. Steve Delaney is an Anglican priest serving as a chaplain in the US Army stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC

Welcoming Jim Steere to the IFBR Team

We’re thrilled to welcome Jim Steere to our team as a Senior Associate.

Jim is a longtime friend of ours. He joined us at Biblica in 2012 to help spread the word about Community Bible Experience, then transitioned to Tyndale House Publishers in 2017 and worked collaboratively with us to launch and promote Immerse. He recently retired from Tyndale and joined our team in a part-time volunteer role.

Jim is passionate about helping churches read the Bible in community, and he will continue helping us forge connections with Christian leaders to build awareness about Immerse. He also has a wealth of experience in fundraising and organizational leadership, so he will be a valuable voice as we discern God’s direction for the Institute going forward.

After living in Wheaton, IL for over 30 years, Jim now resides in Orlando, FL with his wife, O’Ann.

Bob Fryling and Jan Stump Join Our Board of Directors

As we begin our fifth year of ministry, we are thrilled to welcome Jan Mortenson Stump and Bob Fryling to our Board of Directors. Jan and Bob are our first outside directors, joining our four co-founders in discerning God’s direction for the Institute. We’re so excited to have their voices at the table and expect that their experience in nonprofit ministry leadership will be a huge asset as we work to help more people become immersed in the Bible.

Jan Mortenson Stump

With thirty-three years of fund development experience, Jan understands the crucial role of mission-driven advancement to build vibrant and sustainable non-profit organizations. Currently, she serves as Executive Director of Global Resources at TEAM, a global mission organization. For most of her advancement experience has been in resourcing the Christian schooling movement through a variety of roles at The Association of Christian Schools International. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the ACSI Education Foundation, leading the effort to creatively resource the Christian schooling movement through thought leadership, innovation, resource development and advocacy.

Jan holds an MA in Literature from the University of Alaska and has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2001. She and her husband, Don, live in Colorado Springs, CO, and have three sons and five grandchildren.

“It’s a privilege to join IFBR’s board because scripture has had a profoundly formative impact on my life. Most often, the Holy Spirit uses scripture to remind me who I am and empower me for what he calls me to do. I long for Christians to dwell in God’s word in ways that inform and transform their daily lives.”

Bob Fryling

Robert (Bob) Fryling was National Director of Campus Ministries with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for fourteen years and then Publisher of InterVarsity Press for nineteen years. He is the author of the book, The Leadership Ellipse: Shaping How You Lead by Who You Are.

Bob has a BS in Materials Science from Drexel University and a MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton Graduate School. Bob and his wife Alice have been married for forty-nine years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. They live in Monument, Colorado.

“I am glad to be on the board of IFBR because I believe deeply in its mission of increasing and strengthening the role of meaningful Bible reading in the church today.”

Upcoming Free Event: How the Story of the Bible Works

We hear a lot about the Bible being a story. But how does that story actually work? How does Genesis work together with Exodus, the Psalms, the Gospels, Paul’s letters, and the other books of the Bible to tell the story of God’s redemption in the world? And how is it a story that’s relevant to us today?

Join us at this free event March 30-31 in Colorado Springs, CO. Our Senior Director of Content, Glenn Paauw, will be presenting.

Don’t live in Colorado? No problem. The talks will be recorded and sent out to everybody who registers.

Click here to learn more and register >>

The event is sponsored by With All Your Mind, a series of events designed to engage the mind on Christian topics.

Video Story: Immerse at Calvin Christian High School

We created Immerse for churches, but it’s finding its way into other contexts as well. Students at Calvin Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI used Immerse: Messiah for their New Testament Survey class and experienced the Bible in its fullness like never before.

Christian education is an emerging area of interest for us at the Institute for Bible Reading. How do we introduce kids and teens to the Bible in ways that stick with them, that form their faith, that show them the Bible’s story and help them find their place in it? The experience at Calvin Christian with Immerse shows that, given the opportunity and the right tools, teens are excited and eager to dive into the Bible.

Immerse at Calvin Christian High School

Immerse is one great resource for this space and we think it’s just the beginning. We want to do the deeper work of understanding how we can start kids on the right path from elementary school through college, helping them grow into Christ followers who love the Bible and know how to read it well.


P.S. A few weeks after the students finished reading through Immerse: Messiah, their teacher called us to share what one of his students had told him that day. “I’m sad we’re finished,” she said, “The same way you’re sad after finishing a really good book. You miss it.”

When have you ever heard a teen talk that way about the Bible?