The physical format of our modern Bible is often taken for granted. But where did chapters and verses come from? How did we go from stories, letters, and song lyrics to something resembling an encyclopedia? And what are the implications of a Bible that invites us to use it like a reference manual?
By the time they reach his classroom as high school freshmen, many students in Nathan Smith’s Bible classes are very familiar with the Bible. They’re also quite bored with it.
Nathan shares his take on some of the systemic blind spots in the Bible education space, and how the narrative-based, whole-book, community discussion model of Immerse has reshaped how he teaches the Bible to his students. Simply reading the words of Scripture rather than “words about the words” helps the Bible come alive for them and changes their lives.
64% Of Young People Leaving the Church: https://www.barna.com/research/resilient-disciples/
Written Reflections from Nathan’s Students: Student Reflections on Immerse
Immerse at Calvin Christian HS:
In Episode 1 we looked at Bible reading trends in America and discussed the huge disparity between the amount of Bible resources and the number of Bible readers. We have more Bibles than ever yet reading trends are in freefall.
On this episode we diagnose what’s actually broken. From unhealthy expectations to flawed cultural habits, there are a number of unrealized factors actively working against our goals of deep, fruitful Bible engagement.
*Correction: Philip Yancey was described as being on our Board of Directors. He is on our Board of Advisors.
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The average American household possesses more than 4 Bibles, yet Bible reading trends are plummeting. Nearly 9 in 10 American churchgoers want help understanding the Bible, but only 19 percent say they’re getting the help they need. What’s missing? What’s not working?
Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience: ImmerseBible.com
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Welcome to The Bible Reset, a new podcast from the Institute for Bible Reading. Listen along as we discuss what’s broken in the Bible world and introduce fresh new ideas for stellar Scripture engagement.