Musings of a Servant

Bro. Archie Miller

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August 2019

The Bible Project

A year or two ago, I became aware of a website that IS awesome

 The Bible Project has more than 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube and over 90 million total views on their videos.  Bible Project founders, Tim Mackie and Jon Collins, were friends and roommates all through their days as students at Multnomah University, a non-denominational Christian university in Portland, OR.  Tim went on to earn a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies; and is now Professor of Old Testament at Western Seminary. Jon Collins became a specialist in graphic design.  They pooled their talents and desires to create on of the most unique ways of presenting the Biblical  message.  They wanted to connect the world through videos that presented the Bible as “a unified story that leads to Jesus.”

There’s a lot to like about these videos. They are beautiful to watch and bring together words and images really well. They also provide lots of good background to books and ideas that would be unfamiliar to most of us. It’s also great how they bring every book and theme back to Jesus. As they say on their homepage: “Our mission is to show how the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.”  They do that very well.  

Mackie and Collins want to use exciting images to pull people into the Bible.  Dr. Paul Pastor’s article in Christianity Today captures this concept: “My screen fills with a glow of color, rich golds and reds blending and shifting. Particles phase into the outline of a DNA double helix, mimicking the pinpoint lights of the globe. A soothing voice speaks, and a story leaps into animated life: a man falling victim to a cosmic setup, a heavenly gamble with the reputation of God at stake. A whirlwind forms among the images, constellations flickering within like lightning or the synapses of a great mind. All morphs into a virtual tour of the universe. Sea turtles swim among the stars; the rings of Saturn give way to underground caverns prickling with crystals.

It plays on, until in just 4 minutes and 39 seconds I have ‘seen,’ like never before, the Book of Job. It’s time I read Job again, I think.”

I have two theological disagreements with the Bible Project, but still we’ll be seeing some of the videos here at Orcutt Christian Church soon.

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