Supporting IFBR Just Got Easier

Hello friends! Our entire team would like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation for your support of our work to help people become immersed in the life-transforming story of the Bible. Over the course of 2017, our first year of full-scale operation, we saw a very encouraging increase in awareness of our work as well as donor support. We are truly thankful for all of you who have caught the vision for the Bible Reading Movement and are working alongside us to grow it!

Now that we have received our IRS 501(c)(3) designation as an official nonprofit, gathering donations has become much easier. We are now able to process donations directly from our website, including repeat giving options.

So if you would like to support the Institute for Bible Reading in 2018, head over to our Donate page to get started. Thank you!

Glenn Packiam Joins our Board of Advisors

We’re thrilled to welcome Glenn Packiam as the sixth member of our Board of Advisors. Glenn is an associate senior pastor at New Life Church and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown in Colorado Springs, CO. He’s the second pastor to join our board, and we look forward to his valuable perspective on engaging congregations with the Bible.

Glenn was one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band and has been featured on several Desperation Band and NewLifeWorship recordings. As a signed writer with Integrity Music, he has written and co-written several well-loved worship songs like “Your Name” and “My Savior Lives.” He has also authored Discover the Mystery of Faith, LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People, Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith, and Butterfly in Brazil: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference.

“In an age where narratives are truncated and meaning is shaped only by what we see, Christians hold one of the greatest and most powerful treasures: a Grand Story of Everything. Yet we have chopped our Scripture up and crowded out its contents, leaving its beauty obscured and its message largely ignored,” Glenn says.

“The Institute For Bible Reading is developing fresh and stunning ways of returning us to this treasure. When we used their resources in our congregation, it resulted in the highest engagement we’ve ever had not only in Bible-reading but also in small group participation. The Church is and has always been a community formed around a message, and I believe the Institute’s work helps us to recover this aspect of our identity and vocation”

Glenn is finishing a doctorate in theology at Durham University and blogs at mysteryoffaithblog.com. You can find him on Twitter at @gpackiam. Welcome to the team, Glenn!

Watch: IFBR Interview at Q Nashville 2017

Earlier this year we were invited backstage at the Q Conference in Nashville to record an interview in response to the topic: How Can We Better Engage The Bible? This is the featured topic on the Q Ideas website this week, and IFBR Director Paul Caminiti is the featured voice in response to this question.

Check out the video below in which Paul diagnoses some of the problems with the current Bible paradigm, casts a vision for the future, and talks a bit about Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience

 

 

Announcing Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience

The Institute for Bible Reading is committed to putting our research and perspective into action by creating real resources for churches to help their congregations read the Bible well.

We’re proud to announce what we believe is our best work yet.

Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience, featuring the new six-volume Immerse: The Reading Bible, is the first initiative from our alliance with Tyndale House Publishers announced in February. This fall, churches across America are invited to take a deep dive into the Scriptures with the Immerse: Messiah (New Testament) or Immerse: Beginnings (Torah) campaigns.

The Bible Reading Movement is happening. Join the movement!

Visit ImmerseBible.com to learn more and sign up for email updates

Read the press release published by Religion News Service:


Churches across America to Immerse in Scripture this Fall

CAROL STREAM, Ill. (May 4, 2017) – Tyndale House Publishers announces Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience, ™ a bold new campaign to help communities of believers truly know and understand the Bible.

Participants will use Immerse: The Reading Bible,™ a new six-volume reading Bible developed by the Institute for Bible Reading and Tyndale. This innovative new Bible features today’s most readable Bible translation, the Holy Bible, New Living Translation. Each of the six volumes provides the base for an eight- week reading experience. With one eight-week reading experience in the fall and another in the spring, participants will establish an ongoing three-year rhythm of Bible engagement.

Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience™ is the first initiative from the alliance announced in February between the Institute for Bible Reading (IFBR) and Tyndale House Publishers…

Read the Full Release

 

Feasting on the Scriptures with Bible Gateway

The Institute for Bible Reading and Bible Gateway are teaming up for a series of Facebook Live events titled “Feasting on the Scriptures”, beginning March 30.

Feasting on the Scriptures Bible Gateway

This series will be focused on what it means to “Read Big.” We’ll be exploring the importance of reading whole books, which are the natural building blocks of the Bible. From there, we’ll talk about how all these books work together to tell the true story of God and his mission for the world. Here’s the schedule:

Episode 1: Why We Should Read Whole Books
Episode 2: How to Read the Bible as a Story
Episode 3: Reading the Bible with Jesus at the Center
Episode 4: Reading the Bible Together

How do I tune in?

The best way is to go to Bible Gateway’s Facebook page, then “Like” and “Follow” them. After that, do the same with the Institute for Bible Reading page. Make sure that underneath the Following tabs on both pages, Notifications are checked “On”:

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We’re looking forward to discussing these ideas and concepts with our friends at Bible Gateway. Hope to see you there!