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Reading Blind: The Urgent Need For Christians to Understand the Bible

Confused. Angry. Apathetic.

That was how Clay Crofford, a recent graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, characterized his experience with the Bible. Like so many others in his generation, he knew that the Bible is supposed to be important, but every time he opened it he ended up with more questions than answers. “What am I supposed to do with this?”

In response to his struggle, Clay produced a new documentary, Reading Blind, which features IFBR’s Glenn Paauw as one of many voices speaking into this epidemic of Bible illiteracy.

The first two minutes of Reading Blind do a great job of capturing the essence of the problem the Institute for Bible Reading is working to address. People have Bibles. They know they’re supposed to read them. They simply don’t know how.

Watch the documentary below, and check out our conversation with Clay about the process behind creating Reading Blind.

READING BLIND: The Need for Christians to Understand the Bible | Full Documentary

Episode 51: Gen Z’s Struggle With the Bible w/ Clay Crofford

Clay Crofford was a student at Indiana Wesleyan University when he realized that his confusion and discontentment with the Bible was not unusual. Among his friends and classmates, a lack of connection with Scripture was the norm.

For his senior project Clay produced a documentary, Reading Blind, that explores the true costs of misreading the Bible and the possibilities of a different way forward. Today he joins us to talk about Gen Z’s struggles with Scripture and his hope for his generation becoming immersed in its story.

Watch the Reading Blind documentary: https://youtu.be/RV7St0zvTfA

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Episode 50: Listener Q&A

It’s The Bible Reset’s 50th episode! To celebrate, we invited listeners to submit their questions about anything we’ve covered on the show so far, about IFBR’s work, or about the Bible in general.

Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, and to all of our listeners who have made this show successful!

Links to some resources mentioned in this episode:
Episode 35: Powers and Principalities: The Bible’s Most Overlooked Storyline
Episode 36: Jesus’ Upside-Down Victory Over the Powers
Learn more about Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience
Invite IFBR to speak to your organization or on your podcast
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The Institute for Bible Reading is a nonprofit ministry. Support our work, including the production of The Bible Reset podcast, by joining ChangeMakers: https://instituteforbiblereading.org/changemakers/

Episode 49: The Afterlife…and the After-Afterlife

What happens to us (and our loved-ones) when we die?

Christians have long held the belief that we go to somewhere called “heaven” for the rest of eternity, but another look at the New Testament shows that the answer is a bit more complicated and mysterious than that.

To read more on this topic, check out:
Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
A New Heaven and a New Earth by J. Richard Middleton

The Institute for Bible Reading is a nonprofit ministry. Support our work, including the production of The Bible Reset podcast, by joining ChangeMakers: https://instituteforbiblereading.org/changemakers/

Greg Jao Joins IFBR Board of Advisors

We’re glad to announce that Greg Jao has accepted our invitation to join our Board of Advisors.

Greg serves as the Executive Vice President, Communications & Mobilization for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Prior to his ministry with InterVarsity, he was an employee benefits attorney in Chicago.

He is the author of Your Mind’s Mission (IVP) and The Kingdom of God LifeGuide Bible Study (IVP) and a contributing author to Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents (IVP), Educating about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs (Stylus), Telling the Truth (Zondervan), and Voices of Conflict (Adama Books) and Voices of Hope (Adama Books). He also currently serves on the boards of Wheaton College and the Evangelical Covenant Church.

“After nearly 30 years in campus ministry, I’m convinced nothing transforms lives more than immersion in the Scriptures. That’s why the fundamental building block of every InterVarsity chapter is a small group bible study and the core skill we teach every student is how to study the Scriptures. And that’s why I’m so committed to the work of the Institute for Bible Reading.

The Institute harnesses current research into the ways this generation actually reads to develop new resources and fresh approaches so that more people will read Scripture more frequently, more attentively, and more transformatively. And that – in an age where politicians and pundits may be evangelizing and discipling people more frequently than a weekly message from the pulpit – is something we should long for and should invest in.”