Our MA summer school at Redcliffe College has now finished with students on the MA in Bible and Mission programme completing the taught content of modules in ‘Method and Content in Missiological Study’ and ‘Bible Engagement in Intercultural Contexts’.

For the latter we were joined by a number of visiting lecturers:

Eddie ArthurWycliffe Bible Translators UK Executive Director, spent time with us thinking through issues such as culture, contextualisation, Bible Translation, orality, ‘Scripture Engagement’ and the relationship between translating the Bible, literacy and an integral understanding and practice of the God’s mission in the world. He got us reading a variety of writers and documents in preparation for each session. Here are a few links to whet your appetite:

The Son and the Crescent: Christianity today Feb 2011

Bible translation and the cross-cultural DNA of the church

Making Disciples of Oral Learners

Check out Eddie’s blog kouya.net and Wycliffe’s website

Ida Glaser is Academic Director of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies in Oxford. Ida joined us to discuss the Bible in relation to other religions. She is a superb example of an evangelical scholar who has thought deeply and clearly about the subject while modelling a genuine, careful, gracious but clear biblical engagement with people of other faiths. Do check out her book, The Bible and Other Faiths.

Finally, a team from Bible Society came and shared about there work of Bible advocacy to the ‘cultural drivers’ of Western culture (politics, the media, the arts and education). The team were David Spriggs (Bible and Church consultant), David Landrum (Senior Paliamentary Officer), Matthew van Duyvenbode (Bible Advocacy Officer) and Cristian Romocea (International Advocacy Officer). It was fascinating to see how the organisation’s approach to ‘Bible Advocacy’ has developed over recent years with many innovative and creative projects.

Check out these links to see some of the projects Bible Society is engaged in:

The People’s Bible

Susa website

Enter the Pitch website

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