Welcome to the many new subscribers from Biblefresh, and we hope that you’ll enjoy the continued existence of the content on The Big Bible Project website, and also the other content on here.
The Big Bible Project was created in Autumn 2010 to encourage ‘bigger Bible conversations’. We have run The Big Read 2011, and The Big Read 2012, and have plans for online/interactive events for Advent, and are about to start planning for The Big Read 2013.
For those of you who noticed the newsletter missing a fortnight ago, yes, the website took that time, so this newsletter will attempt to cover the last month of posts, and we’ll then return to fortnightly, giving a round-up of stories on the site.
April 15 – May 14 2012
Our #digidisciple(s) have continued to provide excellent content, and below, we’ll attempt to summarise by theme.
The Biblefresh content can all be found via ‘The Best of Biblefresh‘, for whom the 2011 report can be found online. Further Bible resources are offered on Free Bible Images. Bex Lewis offered a review of ‘Whole Life Whole Bible‘ by Antony Billington of the LICC. If you’ve ever struggled to read the whole Bible, try The Bible in 66 Tweets. If you’re interested in apologetics, check out the Unbelievable conference, or consider the different Bible translations.
Tim Hutchings gave us the second part of his series encourage us to look at the ways that mobile can transform our Bible reading, something Darren Hill also engaged with in questioning whether digital has devalued the Bible. Emma Major took this a step further as she considered how each of our generations has engaged with the Bible. Fittingly, YouVersion celebrated 50million installs this month.
Paul Blakey used the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking to encourage us to think about whether we listen to the warning voices, whilst Dot Gosling encouraged us to listen out for God’s voice in all we do. Ned Lunn gave us a deeply personal look into our emotions, faith and death, whilst Ernie Feasey drew upon a range of Biblical texts to tackle the question of ‘Why Suffering?‘. Nancy Wallace continued her insightful series on looking at ‘Women of the Gospels’ with Mary Magdalene.
The Big Read finished on 14th April, but we hope that it has a lasting legacy. A report written by Bex remains online, and we’re starting to think about #BigRead13. We have also clarified the material we have provided for housegroups, and would love more to enable to engage fully with effective housegroups.
We’re still pulling together prize winners for all those who blogged, tweeted, commented on #bigread12, but we pray that the real value was in participation.
A survey by YesHeIs.com questioned 700 Christians about their attitude to online evangelism. Bex Lewis considered whether online community offers ‘real’ community, highlighted later through a Twitter debate with Hannah Mudge. Questions of engagement with those communities were raised by Holly Poulter as she demonstrated life: augmented, and which Anna Blanch also highlighted in the use of prayer online, and Pam Webster demonstrated in appreciation of the range of voices in The Big Read. The podcast ‘Something Beautiful‘ celebrated 5 yers sharing a range of stories, whilst Bryony Taylor encouraged us to think about what we can learn from #prayformuamba. The website that calculates your ‘slavery footprint‘ encourages us to think about our part in a global community.
Sally Coleman questions whether churches are bringing too many of their offline practices into the online world, with Simon Sutcliffe wresting with the real issues of effectively becoming a digi-pastor. Lucy Mills is considering how our memories have changed, when we have so much information at our fingertips. Thomas Mathie emphasised how we have a responsibility online to curate faithfully, whilst Joanne Cox encourages the church to return to grassroots level thinking. Helen Nicholls celebrated the launch of The 2012 with a podcast, whilst Dave Roberts gave us insights to his visit to Australia, and how social media has facilitated that.
James Poulter questions whether constant connectedness necessarily indicates progress, and some of the issues that arise from it. Richard Littledale questions whether we’re too quick to fire off ‘banter‘, whilst Kevin Goodrich wonders in an age of instant responses, whether we remember the need to be persistent in prayer. Steve Blundell offered advice as to how to be missional online, whilst the hot topic of whether communion is possible online was raised again, picked up the following week by George Morley and Pam Smith.
As we seek to encourage people to use the tools well, we have ensured that all the links on #digilit are up to date, and are starting to collate further materials. We were going to create a wiki, but instead will work with strong tagging. Digital Fingerprint has been pulling together a number of infographics to inform us as to the changes happening within the digital world.
Andrew Salt considered whether Pinterest is really a ‘tool for girls’, and how we can use it for God. Ali Gledhill attempted to provide his #digidisicple post via video, documenting why it didn’t work this time, but emphasising the importance of why we need to get to grips with video, as re-emphasised by Robb Sutherland in his look at Wakefield Cathedral’s video. James Robinson encouraged us to think more creatively about how we enage – let’s have a hacking event, as do The Church Sofa as they encourage us to think about how we generate excitement for church events. Jenni Osborne offered great advice as she seeks to engage with Twitter, whilst Tony Whittaker gives links to materials encouraging visual storytelling.
You still have an opportunity to sign up for your FREE place in Manchester or Newcastle on ‘Reaching out in a Digital Age’! The event is run by Premier Christian Media in partnership with CODEC, and is designed for those in church leadership, or desiring to get their church online, so please do encourage your church leaders to come along and find out how to engage with this important mission field. You can see information from the inaugural Leeds event on Storify. Another event to look out for is Open Source (London) on 23rd May.