Well.. a couple of weeks ago I heard something called “The Big Bible Project” mentioned on Twitter… it was then mentioned by Church Mouse… and the rate they’re going I’m sure more people will hear of The Big Bible Project soon.
One thing has led to another and we’ve managed to get ourselves our first interview, please read on and find out about the Big Bible Project, and have a think if you’d like to get involved.
Please enjoy our interview with Dr Bex Lewis;
What is the Big Bible Project?
The @BigBible Project is an ecumenical project, promoting Bible reading within a community setting, whether that be online or offline. It is part of the #Biblefresh initiative, which Biblefresh is a movement of churches, agencies, organisations, colleges and festivals which has a vision to reignite and re-enthuse the church in its passion for the Bible. For many in our churches the Bible has become tedious and toxic rather treasured, trusted and true. The aim of the Biblefresh initiative is to encourage a greater confidence and passion for Scripture across the Church, in 2001, a year which celebrates the 400th anniversary since the publication of the King James Version of the Bible.
The #BigRead2011 will make use of Tom Wright’s Lent for Everyone: Matthew, encouraging people to meet together in housegroups to read the Bible. The Big Read offers opportunities to go much bigger and much more creative and join in online (inter)nationally. From quiet sitting rooms with Bibles and books, to coffee shops and internet chatrooms across the world, we will offer tips & tricks on how to gain confidence in new media, so that you can engage with the project as much as you like. If you want to just read the book, or just download the housegroup materials, that’s all good. If, however, you are keen to understand the possibilities and options offered by the online world, we aim to help you get online, offering inspiring interviews, tips, tricks & training to enable you to engage with the Bible online. We plan to launch it with a Mardi Gras event on Shrove Tuesday, and will provide a ‘party pack’ for that!
Why was the Big Bible project started?
Over Lent 2010, the people of the North East got together for “The Big Read“. Through a series of housegroups and public meetings as well as private reading, they worked their way through Luke, using the first of three texts to be written by Tom Wright. BigRead2010 was such a success that Pete Phillips, Director of the Centre for Biblical Literacy and Communication (CODEC, St John’s College, Durham), buoyed also by the strong interest in a conference last year ‘Christian Communication in a Digital Age’, and a strong passion for enabling stronger Christian communication in the digital age, was determined to turn it into a national project, and tracked down funding.
The Church Sofa lads seem to be moving in a new direction. We’re already involved in tech support, youth work, worship leading, trying to follow God, researching into the best direction for church in terms of seating and various other things that come to mind. However, in the fairly near future we’ll be venturing into the art of interviewing.
No neither of us have been given a promotion to be a manager or team leader or anything like. Rather we’re going to be interviewing people that we think will be helpful in our journey of following Christ so watch this space for some great looking interviews with organisations and people who have a great story to tell.
In order for us to gather evidence to help justify our request for a grant to continue our research, please let us know if you find our research useful.
We want this research to be a blessing to the church, church goers and those that may find themselves in a church by accident (like me…..I mean people I know). This research is in no way aimed for the benefit of the lads of the church sofa, though we may at some point push the ideas of sofas in church.
He is the over the top – stereotypical – evangelical Christian character in The Simpsons. He’s obviously there to get a reaction from certain parts of the Church, and also there just to poke obvious fun at Christianity.
I’m not sure if I’d run away if he tried to speak to me at church or not, but we do love him none the less .
So here are our top 6 reasons why we love Ned Flanders.
- THAT Moustache! What a fantastic piece of face decoration, giving such a unique identity to his entire face!
- While we’re talking about his appearence – he is always wearing such a splendid green sweater! Gok Wan can learn from this guys style!
- Hes the one that you always hope would be at house group so you dont have to answer the questions.
- He is always ready. Do you need someone baptised? Ned has an Emergency Baptism Kit! (Can you buy those from anywhere?) The guy is even ready to take the Christmas day sermon at a moments notice! (kinda)
- He is the best example of a Loving neighbour on our TV screens. How would you cope living next door to Homer Simpson?
- He is so committed. When a comet is about to slam in to Springfield, he is calm while Rev Lovejoy panics. On a similar note, when Springfield is about to be blown up in the Simpsons Movie; Ned is found in the Church, with his family, praying to God. I’m not sure where I would be.
So is there hope for the loud and kinda crazy Russell Brand?
No mention of Jesus, but this is an interview worth watching – if for no other reason, he at least tries to show himself in a different light to the show we normally get to see.
I love this from ASBOJesus:
I dont just duck it, I dive and jump away from it. I get my head down and run away from that question. Quite simply because I dont think I know what it really means. In my mind at least, it means that I go to Church every Sunday, and follow a bunch of rules about what I should and shouldn’t do.
I like to think its more about a relationship with God then anything else.
Maybe one day I’ll stop the ducking and diving, and actually answer the above question.
If you answer it, how do you answer “Are you Religious?”
I heard something today about a girl I once knew.
She’d gone travelling around Africa – gone to find herself… seek inspiration to help her change the world.
I got a phone call today… She’s come home early, due to being attacked and robbed.
I was going to try and write something deep…and something meaningful. Instead I’ll share the words of @notbovvered:
The sun shines and the rain pours on the righteous and wicked alike. Life isn’t fair: it just is…
I’ll leave you with the closing moments of Doctor Who – “Vincent and the Doctor”