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Translating the Bible into Action (2nd Edition)

Translating the Bible Into Action

Translating the Bible into Action has become a key resource for anyone interested in helping people discover the relevance of the Bible in their lives, especially in terms of newer translations in minority languages. This new edition includes new chapters and updates that take into account new opportunities and changes in technology in the last 10-15 years. Written in an accessible way for use with churches, most chapters can be introduced and explored in an hour or two. The book provides recommendations and links to further articles, many of which are available on and

Translating the Bible Into ActionWhen Jesus was born to Mary, God “translated” himself into our human world. This act of God’s translation continues today wherever the gospel is expressed, in each language and lived out in each culture that makes up our diverse world. Unfortunately, the church often ignores its cultural and linguistic diversity and, instead, imposes a dominant “language” and “culture” for expressing faith. This textbook seeks to challenge that situation.

By identifying common barriers that prevent people from engaging with Scripture, the authors explore the ways churches can maintain unity in Christ and celebrate the diversity of their membership. Addressing a wide-range of relevant issues and using practical applications, this revised and updated edition re-establishes the importance of good, contextual Scripture engagement. A key resource in helping church leaders encourage people to communicate with God in their own language and to discover that Christ wants to make himself at home in their world.

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  1. Barriers to Engaging with Scripture
  2. Using Appropriate Scripture Products
  3. Language in the Plan of God
  4.  Culture in the Plan of God
  5. Mother-Tongue Scripture Use and Church Growth
  6. Using Scripture in Multilingual Churches
  7. Helping Interpreters Perform Well
  8. Multi-Ethnic Churches
  9. Identifying Relevant Issues
  10. Providing Necessary Background Information
  11. Preparing Bible Studies
  12. Preparing Sermons
  13. Meditating on God’s Word
  14. Trauma Healing
  15. HIV-AIDS and the Church
  16. Bible Storying
  17. Preparing for Good News Encounters
  18. Engaging People with Scripture in Evangelism
  19. How Muslims use the Bible
  20. Engaging Hindus with the Bible
  21. Engaging Children and Youth with Scripture
  22. Family Prayers
  23. Using the Bible in our Digital World
  24. Engaging People with Scripture through Music and Dance
  25. Engaging People with Scripture through Drama
  26. Engaging People with Scripture through the Visual Arts and Media
  27. Mother-tongue Reading and Writing for Literates
  28. Basic Literacy and Scripture
  29. Research, Marketing, and Distribution
  30. How to Bring about Change
  31. Preparing for Scripture Engagement Seminars


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