This should be on everyone’s list
My youngest son recently told 8,680 of his closest friends what some of his goals for 2021 are. Ted is a pro gamer/content creator with a whole lot more followers than I have, and in one of his New Year’s Eve tweets he listed some things he’s shooting for in 2021 . . . literally “shooting” because he makes his living playing a first person shooter game (don’t @ me about violent video games).
Included in my son’s list was “Read my Bible more.” An admirable and very worthwhile goal, I would say. Of course I would say that. I’ve been promoting the Bible and the God who is revealed there for the last almost nine years here. And with this post I’m going to share something with you you’re going to love if reading and understanding the Bible has been difficult for you. And even if it hasn’t.
It’s called the Bible Project and is one of the most helpful resources in today’s visually-oriented society for learning the message that runs through this collection of books that we know, collectively, as the Bible. The Bible Project was founded and is directed by two young men, Tim Mackie and Jon Collins, whose “deep biblical understanding” and “passion for visual storytelling,” respectively, combine to produce the most unique, well-crafted, and even entertaining videos exploring and explaining this incredibly important book.
Many of their short, animated videos examine a particular biblical theme like God’s temple, or exile, or this one on the Tree of Life.
But Tim and Jon also very creatively summarize each individual book of the Bible with simple but very engaging “comic strip” visuals, occasionally dropping in a touch of humor. Here’s their take on the book of Ephesians.
This being only the fourth day of the new year, I’d also like to recommend their “read through the Bible in a year” plan, which I completed in 2020 and am beginning again in a slightly different version this year. It’s available through the digital Bible app YouVersion and includes their animated videos as the “devotional” component. They also produce a podcast and offer small group Bible studies.
Mackie is a Bible scholar so brings a lot of knowledge and insight to the project. From what I’ve seen and heard so far, he doesn’t approach the text from any particular denominational interpretation, but of course does express his personal understanding, which may or may not be accurate. Just as with any Bible tool, one must distinguish between the word of God and the word of man.
Making daily Bible reading a habit may be the most transformational activity a person can undertake. If the Bible is truly the Word of God, as I and many others believe it is, what could be more worthwhile than knowing what God has said?
The Bible Project was founded “to help make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.” I highly recommend that you make it your project to access that biblical story for yourself, and let it change your life.