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When we were in school at what is now Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, my husband sang in a quartet with some of his friends. They had a lot of fun singing gospel and contemporary Christian arrangements. They especially enjoyed a song called “Into the Word.”
“I heard you’re into the Word, getting into the Word, but is the Word getting into you?” It was kitschy but catchy, and they had as much fun singing it as they did laughing at themselves for singing it.
“Into the Word” was fun to sing or hear performed, but we also understood that “getting into the Word” is a serious and solid practice that shapes disciples of Jesus in a crucial way.
Here are some dynamic, digital resources to help you get into the Word.
The Bible Project: Created by two men who went to Bible college together, The Bible Project produces videos, a website and a podcast that “show how the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.” I was introduced to the project by my son, Corben Weaver Boshart, who is on the pastoral team at Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio. He told me he likes The Bible Project because its content is both entertaining and aligned with an Anabaptist perspective.
“I have used their Bible videos to teach an intergenerational course that walks through the Bible as a unified narrative pointing to Jesus,” he said. “I have also used their theme videos as a foundation from which youth can visualize and engage significant biblical themes like creation, justice and God’s holiness. Their podcasts present seminary level information so that lay people can easily understand.”
Here is the first video in The Bible Project series on the Gospel of Luke:
The Bible App by YouVersion: This app provides “experiences that make it easy for people to integrate the Bible into their everyday lives.” Search any passage of the Bible in dozens of versions, even offline. Find dozens of Bible reading plans of varying lengths for just about any purpose. It’s easy to use and chock full of options.
Lon Marshall of Kalona, Iowa, said, “I like the shareability of passages. The audio playing ability is great too. It’s super easy to look up passages and to search as well.”
My friend Alana Paterson of Queensland, Australia, told me, “I like it, particularly for keeping track of my reading plan, and listening to Psalms before bed. The variety of plans is nice, and wide enough that I’ve used it with several different scenarios: daily devotions with my husband Harli, group stuff with a Life Group and during Advent.”
Find more resources for getting into the Word at AnabaptistFaithFormation.org.
Shana Peachey Boshart is conference minister for Christian formation for Central Plains Mennonite Conference and curator of www.AnabaptistFaithFormation.org, your one-stop hub for formation resources for all ages.
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