Archive for the ‘BibleFresh’ Category

Keep the Word of God near you

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 by Ruth

The Pope’s Angelus address (given at the mass celebrated on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, 6 January) turns us once more to Jesus and to the Scriptures which point to him.  He called believers everywhere to cherish God’s word and keep it near every day of our lives:

“The Magi’s experience evokes the journey of every man to Christ. As it was for the Magi, so for us to seek God means to walk, fixing our gaze on heaven and seeing in the visible sign of the star the invisible God who speaks to our heart. The star that is able to guide every man to Jesus is the Word of God: it is the light that directs our path, nourishes our faith and regenerates it. It is the Word of God, which constantly renews our hearts and our communities. Therefore, we must not forget to read it and meditate it every day, so that it becomes for each one of us a flame that we carry within us to guide our steps and also those of one who walks beside us, who perhaps finds it hard to find the way to Christ.” (read full speech here)

The Scriptures, when in a language we understand, are precious and powerful to lead us to the God who gave them, yet millions worldwide still do not have access to them.  Why? It’s not just because illiteracy bars the way, but because the Scriptures do not even exist in their mother tongue. Of nearly 7,000 languages worldwide, only 530 or so have the complete Bible.

It is for this reason that Wycliffe Bible Translators and thousands of individuals and partners worldwide continue to work together.  Our vision is that all people will have access to God’s word – the star that leads us to Jesus –  in a language that they truly understand. Through Bible translation, we too have seen hearts renewed and communities revived as God’s word becomes available in the mother tongue.  Would you like to join us?  Find out how you can be involved.

Big answers to Bible questions

Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Hannah

More than half of Christians say they sometimes find it hard to understand what the Bible says. Nearly as many say that they find it difficult to understand how God could allow some of the things recorded in the Bible. This is according to the Evangelical Alliance’s latest report called Time for Discipleship.

201405-understandingThe Bible is always bringing up questions: ‘What does this mean?’ ‘Why did this happen?’ ‘What does it have to do with my life now?’ None of those questions are always easy to answer. A few years ago, Wycliffe ran a series of UK talks on understanding the Bible – and the statistics we get through from Slideshare week by week tell us that people are still finding those talks useful.

All the talks are available through Slideshare, with the presentations and the audio side by side. Can we recommend:

  • Does the Old Testament have something to say to today’s church? Katy Barnwell, a Bible translation advisor with more than 50 years experience, talks about what relevance the Old Testament has today. Watch the whole talk here.
  • Can we rely on the text of the Bible? This question comes from all angles as people question the Christian faith. Translation exegete Nick Lunn takes us through the texts our Bibles in English are based on. Find it here.
  • How can I understand the meaning of a passage? When you are faced with a Bible passage, where do you start in trying to understand it? Barrie Evans highlights some key stages. Find it here.

It’s great that the English speaking church has access not just to the Bible but to innumerable resources to help us understand it and engage with it more. Many don’t have that opportunity because the Bible doesn’t exist in their language. Find out more about Wycliffe Bible Translators’ vision for making the Bible available.

Read the whole Time for Discipleship report from the Evangelical Alliance.

The Bible in our language

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Phil

What does the Bible mean to you? What impact does it have on the way you work, rest and play?

The London Institute of Contemporary Christianity were set up to help modern Christians, living modern lives, work out how faith and discipleship can be lived out in 21st Century Britain. You’ll not be surprised to learn that, rather than seeing the Bible as an ancient text with little relevance for today, the guys at LICC view the Bible as if they were a pair of glasses that allow us to see the world around us more clearly.

From LICC's Engaging With the Bible Introduction

From LICC’s Engaging With the Bible Introduction

Anthony Billington, LICC’s Head of Theology, puts it like this http://www.licc.org.uk/engaging-with-the-bible/engaging-with-the-bible-/intro-video/.

That’s fine for those of us that have easy access to the Bible, but what about the millions of people who still don’t have access to God’s word in their own language. How are they supposed to see the world more clearly?

If you’d like to find out more about LICC’s resources to help Christians make sense of the world they live in, you can read the Bible and Culture part of their website.

If you’d like to know more about Wycliffe Bible Translators and the need for Bible translation, take a look at our website.

HT: Tim Davy

Get your Bible resources here!

Saturday, June 9th, 2012 by Hannah

In the last 12 months, we’ve jumped from celebrations to celebrations. Last year we were still ‘Ooh’ing and ‘Aah’ing over the royal wedding and spending our summer contemplating the longevity of the King James Bible. This summer our thoughts have turned to other royal celebrations and the longevity of the Olympics.

But if you’ve been tempted to leave the excitement of the King James Bible and Biblefresh celebrations behind, stop right there! Regular updates and resources, like those offered by Biblefresh to get us newly invigorated with Bible energy are still around, and more besides. Biblefresh resources – and other new, even fresher input – are available on the new Big Bible website.

The Big Bible website offers support for Bible-focused discipleship. You’ll find material on running a Bible marathon, being a ‘DigiDisciple’, reading the Bible with small groups and a range of online Bible resources, as well as the best of Biblefresh.

One of the foci of Biblefresh was getting the Bible into the hands of Christians in Burkina Faso who were longing for the word of God in their own language. Work is underway in their languages, but there are still more than 2,000 languages without any Scripture work in process. Make giving God’s word part of your Biblical discipleship.

The news on the street

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by Hannah

The latest edition of Words for Life is out now. This edition features stories from the Philippines, Nigeria and right here in the UK. It’s also a brilliant way to find out the latest about previously mentioned issues, like Biblefresh and Wycliffe workers looking for support.

Meet Mary, whose life is changing as the word of God is beginning to reach her language group:

‘Mary Yusuf is possibly one of the busiest women I have met. While we sit quietly chatting through an interpreter in the corner of a church in the village of Zaron, she tells me of her various roles: housewife and mother of five, farmer, women’s worker, Sunday School teacher…

‘She sits with the first printed draft of John’s Gospel in Ichen, her language, on her lap. “This book has been a very big blessing for me,” she says, explaining how, having studied the Gospel, she was better equipped to lead the women and children. “I taught the prayer cell how to be doing the Lord’s Prayer – such that even the little children in their prayer cell can say the Lord’s Prayer in Ichen very very clear.”’

John’s Gospel in Mary’s language is helping her with more than preparing for church: it’s giving her hope for her family and community. Read it here.

And the newest Call to Prayer, our bi-monthly prayer diary is also out now.

Go to wycliffe.org.uk/subscriptions to sign up to receive Words for Life or Call to Prayer by email or post.

Grab on to the Bible

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by Hannah

Many churches in the UK focused on getting back to Bible basics last year, as part of the celebrations for the anniversary of the Authorised Version. But in all the excitement, it’s easy to overlook the parts that made it hard to stay in the Bible in the first place.

There are all those genealogies, laws and prophets to get your head around. But that’s just difficult to read because we don’t understand them — sometimes the bits that we do understand are even harder to take in. How do we deal with issues like evolution, or the genocide that God appears to condone?

Last year, Biblefresh ran a series of classes and published a book called Get a Grip, made to tackle these kind of questions. The book is still available from Biblefresh here, and half of the profits go towards Bible translation.

If you missed the classes, you can still experience a bit of that too – videos from some sessions held at Kings College London are available, with experienced scholars and pastors answering some of the hard or ‘I-never-thought-of-that’ questions about the Bible.

Catch the videos here.

You know those parts of the Bible you don’t understand? There are Christians around the world longing to read them who can’t because the Bible isn’t in their language. Help translate the Bible.

Biblefresh: a year in review

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 by Phil

So how has all this celebrating impacted you?

In the UK this year many churches, organisations, colleges and gatherings of Christians have been recognising the impact of the King James Bible for the last 400 years, under the collective banner of Biblefresh.

Biblefresh set out to address the seeming lack of enthusiasm that exists in the church for the Bible. As the official website says…

“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.” Find out more about Biblefresh here.

And so we’ve had a year of events, special programmes, talks, seminars, book launches, films productions and competitions, using the excuse of this anniversary to encourage the church to once again get excited about the Bible. But what has the result of all this hard work been? Are you more inspired and encouraged to read the Bible for yourself?

Wycliffe Bible Translators became involved with Biblefresh for two reasons. First, it was a great excuse to talk to more people about the need for Bible translation around the world. We are really pleased that Bible translation was one of the four key messages of Biblefresh, and that translation projects in Burkina Faso — which you can still give to — are going to benefit from the prayers and donations of churches in this country.

But, second, we were also keen to play a part in encouraging Christians in this country to value and love the Bible for themselves. After all, who would really want to put all the time, effort and money required into translating the Bible into other languages if the message of Scripture hasn’t first of all made a difference here at home?

biblefresh logoSo, I ask again, how has all this celebrating impacted you? Has the Bible made a difference in your life?

Understanding the Scriptures resources

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 by Hannah

Over the past year, Wycliffe Bible Translators have been involved in the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Among the celebrations has been a series of evening classes called Understanding the Scriptures.

The classes covered an array of topics about the nature, content and application of the Bible. We’ve addressed big questions, like whether we can rely on the biblical texts, or whether the Bible always means what it says. We’ve scurried into challenging thoughts about how other cultures can open our eyes to the Bible and what we do with scriptural dualities.

But now it’s the end of the year, and also the end of the Understanding the Scriptures classes. Before you get out your hanky and start bawling, hang on! While they may be gone from the schedule, the content is still around.

The most recent evening class, on applying the Bible to all of life, is online now. You can download it as a podcast from iTunes or watch it as a presentation on our website. Or, if you just want to sit back and listen now, click the play button at the bottom of this post.

And there’s more! All the classes from the last year are still available on our website and will continue being so. If you want to review, think a friend might benefit, or think it might make a valuable 45 minutes for your small group, you’ll be able to find all the classes at wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses.

We hope you continue to enjoy them.

Resources with a seasonal reason

Monday, December 5th, 2011 by Hannah

It’s almost clichéd how easily we can slip away from the real meaning of Christmas, as much as we may hate to confess it. A new spin on the Christmas story can catch our attention back to the real reason. Here are some of our resource suggestions to keep you focused and having fun this advent.

Paperless Christmas and Natwivity are back by popular demand. Paperless Christmas is an innovative series of nine videos, dramatizing the nativity story as you’ve never seen it before (unless you caught up with the Wise Bikers and angelic postal workers last year!). Another new spin on the old story is Natwivity: follow Mary, Joseph, Herod and more as they tweet their thoughts in the days leading up to Jesus’ birth.

There are also resources for your church services. Scripture Union have developed a free all-age service plan, complete with videos and Bible talks. Another family interaction for services is the latest music video from Friends and Heroes, ‘He chose the shepherds’.

Or maybe you’re feeling creative and want to put your own spin on the Christmas story this year. With The Nativity Factor, you can contribute your own short-film interpretation. Prizes of up to £5,000 are up for grabs.

Find these and many more Christmas resources on our website.

Why the Bible is the Story everybody needs: 7 December

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 by Hannah

As we draw near the end of the year, we also – sadly – draw near the end of our series of evening classes, Understanding the Scriptures. Throughout the year, we have been hosting classes to challenge and equip local churches in their approach to the Bible.

Wednesday, 7th December sees the last of these classes, for 2011 at least. Roger Welch will be speaking about how we apply the Bible to all of life. Roger has pastored Merland Rise Church in Surrey for the past 30 years, and is the chair of the board for Wycliffe Global Alliance.

Join us at The Wycliffe Centre, near High Wycombe, for this class as we consider why and how the Bible applies to all of our lives.

To find out more about Understanding the Scriptures evening classes, go to wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses. You can see more about the speakers, catch up on previous classes and book for a discount.

Understanding the Scriptures classes are Biblefresh events. Biblefresh is a movement of churches, organisations and individuals encouraging passionate interaction with the Bible in churches throughout the UK.