I have been leading Bible studies “since Jesus was rowing on the Sea of Galilee.” Not really, but it been for more than 30 years. Over the years I have written and posted lots of commentaries and have even begun to collect all the posts into groupings of the Liturgical Year (see the menu above). I will admit that the written commentaries tend to be a bit nerdy, especially when it comes to the nuances of words. But, I think when I am leading a Bible Study I default to my more natural motif… story teller – the bard of things biblical but without the musical accompaniment. If someone asks me about being a student of God’s Word and how will they know when they “know” enough, my answer is always, “when you can gossip the Gospel over the backyard fence.” People telling people the story and stories of the Bible is at the heart and soul of what it means to be the People of God. I can “do” theological perspectives, word studies (nerdy but fun!), and I can even do serious technical exegesis (which during seminary was so serious the class nickname was “exit Jesus.”). But in the end, the Bible is God revealing God’s self to us through the stories, interactions, encounters, narratives, poetry and more – all from the people of God. Be you gossip, bard, campfire storyteller, narrator of bedtime stories – you are an apostle – the one sent to the world to tell the story!
Recently I came across of an amazing group of storytellers and animators that produce wonderful short-form, fully animated Bible videos, podcasts and all manner of resources to help people experience and remember (and then retell!) the stories and meaning of the “big picture” of the Bible — all pointing and culminating in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. BibleProject is a nonprofit animation studio that is behind this great initiative.
Yes, they have video on lots of individual books of the Bible, and I love the context and content of the narrative: they tell the story, but always pointing to the larger unfolding story of God forming a people for Himself. They also produce videos that are thematic, for example….
Take a moment and visit BibleProject and explore their content – and give some thought to supporting their non-profit work. The are so talented, so committed, and amazing at what they do. Clearly, God is working through them!
Can I get an “Amen!”
Be well, be smart, be holy, say your prayers, and remember to wash your hands.