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Watch: Glenn Packiam Unpacks the Story of the Bible

As Christians we often hear about the “grand narrative” of the Bible. But what does the narrative actually look like? How does the book of Genesis flow into the story of Israel which culminates in the coming of Jesus as the Messiah? How do Paul’s letters to the early church connect back to the Garden of Eden?

In this video Glenn Packiam, lead pastor at New Life Downtown in Colorado Springs and the newest member of our Board of Advisors, explains the popular “Five Act” model of the Biblical narrative.

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!