Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

Standing shoulder to shoulder

Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Camilla

What are you up to tomorrow? How about joining an online event and standing with Christians around the world to make a difference through prayer?

Tomorrow, 31st October, at 6pm GMT, the International Conference on Missions is offering you a fantastic opportunity. You can be part of a global initiative and stand with Christians from all around the world, to pray for the fulfilment of the great commission.

This is a great way to stand shoulder to shoulder with Christians around the world and gain a truly big perspective on how great God’s kingdom really is. You can join in on your own or grab some friends and have your own mini-event.

To take part in this real time, live event, all you need is a computer or tablet and an internet connection and to tune in at 6pm GMT to www.globalprayercast.com. This video will tell you more:

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If you can’t see the video, click here or check out the information and register at www.globalprayercast.com.

God at work in the world, and our place

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Phil

One of the joys of being a Christian is knowing that God is at work in the world and that he gives us an opportunity to join him in that work. But from our vantage point it can be very difficult to see all the things that are happening. In fact, very often it can feel like the pressures of the world are overwhelming us and that God has disappeared when we need him most.

Eddie Arthur

Eddie Arthur

In a recent talk at Above Bar Church in Southampton, Eddie Arthur, the Executive Director of Wycliffe Bible Translators in the UK, tried to give mission some context, showing how the gospel has spread around the world in the last 100 years and what may be next for mission.

Listening to this talk (opens in a new window) is a good use of 40 minutes you may have spare, or you can download it and the accompanying PowerPoint from Eddie’s website – Kouyanet.

The written World

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 by Ruth

Now’s the time to listen to a recent series on Radio 4 by Melvyn Bragg (BBC Radio 4: In Our Time – Written World), discussing the impact of the written word on the world’s culture and history.  Interesting stuff, and it unfolds the story of the printing press used to produce the Gutenberg Bible in the 15th Century.  Episodes 2-5 of the series are accesible online for the next few days only.

The books that shaped history

The 15th-Century Gutenberg Bible changed the way books were received and read. It was the first real book to be mass-produced using movable type printing techniques – and so could be made in a fraction of the time it had previously taken scribes to write by hand.

The book is one of several influential scripts being investigated by Melvyn Bragg for BBC Radio 4, as he looks at the written world and how it changed our intellectual history.

Here, he takes a look at the Gutenberg Bible at the British Library in London – and then travels to Cambridge to see the student notes of Sir Isaac Newton, and how writing helped make the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment possible.

View the 5 minute presentation of the series here.

Meanwhile today, many languages and cultures remain unwritten, and cut off from a wealth of life-saving information and writings, including God’s word in a language that they can truly understand.  The work of Wycliffe Bible Translators is changing this, preserving cultures and history by enabling these language groups to create writing systems, words, dictionaries, and translated scriptures for themselves.  You can be part of Giving the Story.

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.

A (figurative) hiccup: evening class resources

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 by Hannah

We have all experienced that awkward communication hiccup when writing to a friend; an ironic comment or figure of speech goes completely over someone’s head (figuratively speaking). Normally easily rectified, but what if the text was written millennia ago? You’d be waiting a while for the reply… What do we do with irony and metaphor in the Bible?

Earlier this month, we hosted the ninth of ten Understanding the Scriptures evening classes. Margaret Sim spoke on ‘Does the Bible mean what it says?’ focusing on the use of metaphor and irony in the Bible.

It was a class that obviously prompted lots of thoughts, demonstrated by the free flow of questions that followed. The discussion ranged from the extent to which we see ‘redemption’ as a metaphor to how we should approach ideas like millennialism with considerations of figurative language.

If you weren’t there, you can listen to the talk online – here, by downloading the podcast on iTunes or with the presentation on our website. See what questions it prompts in your mind.

The next (and last) evening class of this year will be on 7th December. The topic: ‘Applying the Bible to all of life.’ Join us if you can.

Understanding the Scriptures evening classes are Biblefresh events. Biblefresh is a movement of organizations, churches and individuals seeking to encourage and inspire the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

The meaning of a Bible passage – resources online

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 by Hannah

As part of Biblefresh*, Wycliffe Bible Translators have been holding monthly evening classes to equip people in local churches to get more out of the Bible. But sometimes we have conflicting opinions on Bible passages: how do we know the ‘real’ meaning of a passage?

On October 12, Barrie Evans spoke about how we can understand the meaning of a text. Providing a brief and easy-to-understand introduction to ‘hermeneutics’, Barrie took us through examples – both historical and current – of getting into the heart of the meaning of a text.

You can listen to or download ‘How to understand the meaning of a passage’ as a podcast below. Or you can listen on our website, and watch the slideshow as you go.

More information on our Understanding the Scriptures Evening Class series can be found on our website.

biblefresh logo*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

Reading the Bible with the World

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by Hannah

On September 14th, we hosted the seventh Understanding the Scriptures Biblefresh* evening class. Eddie Arthur, director of Wycliffe Bible Translators in the UK, shared gleaned insights about how differently the Bible is read around the world.

As we listened, we were surprised by how many assumptions we make about how the Bible is read. Eddie touched on questions like,

  • How much difference does it make to hear the Bible instead of reading it?
  • How is our reading of the Bible impacted by the massive-and-growing church in the global south?
  • How does living in a highly divided or a pluralistic society impact Scriptural understanding?

And scattered throughout these thought-provoking ideas were stories both humorous and touching. You can download the talk through iTunes, or listen along with the powerpoint on our website, at wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses.

And if you enjoyed this, you’ll love next month’s too: ‘How to understand the meaning of a passage’ will be on Wednesday 12 October. See you there!

biblefresh logo*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

Divine Dualities and Summer Holidays

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 by Hannah

June 15 saw the sixth instalment of our Understanding the Scriptures Biblefresh* evening classes, in which Pam-Bendor-Samuel spoke about the dualities that we find in Scripture, in her talk entitled ‘Divine Dualities: Holding the Balance’.

Evening Classes take a summer break

The talk challenged us to consider the aspects of God and ourselves that the Bible shows as contrasts — like how faith and fear are often so close, and that we have a God who never changes but who brings change. You can now listen to or download this talk as a podcast here. Or you can listen on our website, and watch the slide show as you go.

Understanding the Scriptures classes are now taking a break for the summer, sunning themselves on a beach somewhere. So now is a great time to catch up on any you may have missed so far. You can find all the talks to date, along with much more information about Understanding the Scriptures Evening Class series, on our website.

biblefresh logo*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

‘So many to choose from’ – resources online

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 by Ruth

On May 18, John Macaulay spoke about the many English Bibles and study resources we have available, in his talk entitled ‘So many to choose from!’, the fifth in our Biblefresh Evening Class series ‘Understanding the Scriptures’.

You can now listen to or download this talk as a podcast here. Or you can listen on our website, and watch the slide show as you go.

More information on our Understanding the Scriptures Evening Class series can be found on our website.

*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

Back to the (rest of the) Bible

Thursday, April 21st, 2011 by Hannah

Do you ever think that maybe we aren’t getting everything we can out of the Bible? Maybe, even with sermons and reading plans and Bible studies, something’s gone missing? Despite claiming to have a great love of the word of God, we can often leave 75% untouched from week to week…

As part of Biblefresh*, Wycliffe Bible Translators have been hosting a series of Bible evening classes — Bible training from Bible translators, if you will. Last month (16 March), Katy Barnwell spoke clearly about why it’s so important that we dig deep into the Old Testament, especially if we want to really understand the New Testament.

Katy’s talk is available both as a podcast here or with the slides on our website. Find out more about Understanding the Scriptures Biblefresh evening classes.

*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.