A few days ago, I posted this quote from N.T. Wright, in the Forti-fy’rs Facebook group:
“We have in the New Testament a vision of new creation. Paul says if anyone is in Christ, then there is new creation.
Ephesians 2:10 We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
The word for “workmanship” there in the original Greek is “poiema”. It is the word, which we get the word poem. We are, if you like, God’s ARTWORK, God’s POEM, God’s SONG, God’s SYMPHONY.
He means we should also be creative.
We should be people of new creation, able to do new things – to write new books, to sing new songs, to plant new gardens, to do new building, to teach new things – that we should be people of new creation. That is the most amazing vision.”
“Really, if Christians knew what they were about, they should be people who are out there making the world COME ALIVE. Making new things happen, and opening new possibilities.”
Well, I think Tim Mackie and Jon Collins’s workmanship in developing “The Bible Project” displays all of what N.T. Wright describes above!
The duo’s combined creativity of Jon’s storytelling and Tim’s bible knowledge – and their awe and excitement for God’s word – delivers a very engaging and innovative medium for demonstrating biblical insights.
Tim and Jon note that the bible can be “confusing and intimidating for the average reader, and their goal was to create short animated videos to help the reader understand the structure and the themes of the bible.” And they accomplish just that – for viewers of all ages. I was so struck by the simplicity of their work, yet the breadth of material these videos cover.
They have produced videos for EVERY BOOK OF THE BIBLE!
They have also created a Series that showcase different Biblical books from Genesis to Acts, Themes that trace key biblical themes from their first appearance through the entire narrative of the Bible, and Key biblical words in both Hebrew and Greek to gain a better understanding of biblical language. Click on any of the photos below to get a sample of these innovative expressions filled with rich insights.
This is a terrific resource to use with your kids. The younger ones will enjoy watching the stories, and the older ones will be able to easily pick up on all the main themes.
So head on over to the Bible Project and watch how the bible unfolds as a “unified story that leads directly to Jesus.”
(Please note: I know that there is no bible study resource that will not conflict with the finer points of someone’s theology,
however I think for a broad overview of biblical themes, this is a valuable resource.)
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