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Tim Mackie and Jon Collins: This Is Why It’s Hard to Understand the Bible

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Tim Mackie and Jon Collins are the writers and creative directors behind BibleProject, a nonprofit animation studio that produces short form, fully animated Bible videos, along with other Bible resources. Their goal is to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Key Questions for Tim Mackie and Jon Collins

-Why is it so challenging to engage people in understanding the Bible?

-How do you choose the themes you are going to discuss in your videos?

-What has been one of the most challenging biblical themes to represent visually?

-How do you hope to equip the church with these videos?

Key Quotes from Tim Mackie

“Even though the Bible is familiar to a lot of us who grew up in church communities and church traditions, that can hide another, historical fact that the Bible comes from another culture, another place, another time and language and history—actually multiple languages. That in itself presents a gap in understanding and a challenge for understanding.” 

“Most people aren’t in the habit of reading ancient texts from across the planet from thousands of years ago, and that’s what the Bible is.” 

“Just as it’s difficult to get on a plane and go touch down in another country and immediately feel at ease and at home and understand everything that’s going on, in the same way the Bible is a cross-cultural experience when we open and read it.” 

“The learning process actually continues in the visual development process because when you begin to see an idea explained…the way that visual explanation works will open up a new way of thinking about it.” 

“A real deep sub-theme of all of our work is trying to represent the ethic of Jesus that we often call the ‘upside down ethic of the Kingdom of God’ that’s so counter to our normal ways of seeing the world and living in it.”

Key Quotes from Jon Collins

“It is good to de-familiarize ourselves with the Bible, to a degree. We need to stop and think about how strange it is that we’re asked as people of God to be students of ancient literature.”

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As Vice President of Ministry Mobilization for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. He also serves as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement and hosts the weekly ChurchLeaders podcast. Jason lives on Anastasia Island, Florida, with his beautiful wife and children. Connect with him on Twitter and Instagram @jasondaye