The Round Up: April
Each month the research assistants at Evangelical Alliance NI are sharing their thoughts on a variety of podcasts, books and videos that have taken their interest. Here they discuss three resources that have challenged and encouraged them, and they recommend that you invest some time exploring them too.
The Bible Project
The Bible Project came to our attention in the office recently and it didn’t take long for each of us to see the value of the resource. The creators have produced short, fully animated videos to make the Biblical story accessible to everyone; from the new Christian right through to someone who has been a Believer for as long as they can remember.
This website offers simple and concise videos into every book in the Bible. Videos ranging 5-10 minutes guide the viewer through books and passages which are often confusing on the first read. Aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate, the website is the perfect way to familiarise yourself with any book of the Bible, whilst providing much needed context and insight into a given passage.
One section of the website which I found particularly useful was “how to read the Bible.” This informative page simplifies the complexity of the Bible in a way which is approachable but informative. Detailing each literary style, this section explains that the Bible cannot be read the same way throughout; Some sections are narrative, some are poetry and some are simply letters. They should be approached in this light, meaning that historical context and tone of writing throughout the scriptures is immensely important when trying to make sense of the message the writer is trying to convey.
We recommend this easy to navigate website to believers, non-believers, small groups, questioners and everything in between to help us understand the redemptive story of the bible which we are all a part of.