Episode 6: The Game-Changing Power of Reader’s Bibles

What is the Bible? What are we supposed to do with it? Simply changing the format can change how we answer those two questions.

In this episode, the last in our series on the Bible’s format, we dive into the ways Reader’s Bibles fundamentally change how we interact with the text.

Comparison of poetry in 1-column vs. 2-column Bible: https://bit.ly/2FLzRUH

Episode 5: How to Make a Reader’s Bible w/ Christopher Smith

In Episode 4 we outlined the deficiencies of the Modern Reference Bible. But what’s the alternative? What could the future of the Bible look like?

Christopher Smith joins us to talk about the work and research that goes into the creation of Reader’s Bibles – Bibles which remove all of the modern additives and replace them with literary structures which actually honor and display the natural contours of each book. He and Glenn tell the story of how they met to create The Books of the Bible, a Reader’s edition which became the precursor to Immerse: The Reading Bible.

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Smith is a writer and biblical scholar who is also an ordained minister and served local churches as a pastor for nearly twenty years. He has an A.B. from Harvard in English and American Literature and Language, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in the History of Christian Life and Thought, with a minor concentration in Bible, from Boston College, in the joint program with Andover Newton Theological School. He was heavily involved in the design and creation of Immerse: The Reading Bible.

After Chapters and Verses: https://amzn.to/2Sx2R5l

Episode 4: Chapters, Verses, and the Impact of the Modern Bible

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?

Episode 3: Nathan Smith – Getting Students Immersed in the Bible

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:

Immerse at Calvin Christian High School

Episode 2: The 3 biggest barriers to Bible engagement

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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