The role of the Bible in combating corruption: the case of Malawi

We live in an environment where corruption is always talked about as an evil; and yet, each passing day or year proves that corruption is actually on the increase. Corruption has permeated all strata of the Malawian Society such that even in the church it has grown its roots. This now raises the question – “What can we do about it because it is becoming the norm instead of being the exception?” Read more
Author: Clapperton Mayuni. Published: 01/02/2016

Engaging digital natives with the Bible

'There is nothing new under the sun' – Ecclesiastes 1 'While working with the Jews, I live like a the same way, when working with Gentiles, I live like a Gentile...I become all things to all people.' – 1 Corinthians 9 These two passages kind of sum up my attitude to digital Bible advocacy. On the one hand, 'digital' is 'nothing new': at the end of the day, it's still simply people, interacting, communicating, trading, seeking entert... Read more
Author: Ben Whitnall. Published: 25/01/2016

A look back at IBAC in 2015

As we entered 2016, I paused to look back at the strides made by IBAC in the previous twelve months. I suddenly realised what an amazing team effort it has been, and how many people from BFBS, the United Bible Societies (UBS), other national Bible Societies and organisations outside the Fellowship have contributed to the shaping and development of the centre. Read more
Author: Cristian Romocea. Published: 18/01/2016

Is the Bible a bridge or a barrier to democracy?

In both the Old and New Testaments, the Bible talks at length about governance. It stops short, however, of giving any definitive answer on which system of government we should endorse. Many people recognise the biblical vision for good governance as aligning with democracy, yet the Bible has at times been used as justification for dictatorial regimes and conflict. So is the Bible a bridge or a barrier to democracy? And what impact does this have on international order, conflict and justice? Read more
Author: Naomi Dunn. Published: 07/01/2016

Boundless creativity for Bible advocacy

Looking back to one of the highlights of 2015, Naomi reflects on the Global Advocacy Exchange in Cambodia - a week full of inspiration and conversation on all things Bible advocacy. Read more
Author: Naomi Dunn. Published: 05/01/2016

Bible Exhibition in the European Parliament prompts Bible distribution

'I did not expect so much interest,' said Mr Branislav Skripek, the Slovak Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who hosted the launch event for a Bible Exhibition developed by IBAC, entitled The Global Impact of the Bible. 'I am very pleased that MEPs, their assistants, journalists and workers in the European Parliament took home free copies of the Bibles in different languages we distributed.' Read more
Author: Cristian Romocea. Published: 14/12/2015

The Bible and culture: how should we read?

The goal of all good students of the Bible is a careful and thoughtful exegesis of the text.  Conversely our greatest fear is that in aiming for exegesis we will arrive at something much closer to eisegesis.  In other words, rather than unpacking what the text really says we read into the text our own presuppositions or biases, so that we make the Bible say what we want it to say, rather than what it does say. Read more
Author: Paula Gooder. Published: 07/12/2015

ISIS criticised in Westminster debate

At an IBAC debate in Westminster, one of Britain’s most senior former military leaders has criticised groups such as ISIS for carrying out ‘beheadings and savage beatings as a rule of law’. Read more
Author: Hazel Southam. Published: 01/12/2015

Story-telling as a tool of advocacy

“God created a human being because he liked a good story.” So goes a Jewish proverb.From the beginning of the world God has been a great storyteller. Stories of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Job continue to inspire and challenge. Biblical stories have been our most effective moral teachers. They draw us in, they invite us and then subversively when we are least aware of it, they shape us. I never used to read biographies. I thought to myself: I have my own life to live, why bother with stories ... Read more
Author: Joanna Williamson. Published: 09/11/2015

The future of Bible advocacy in the UBS fellowship

Is the Bible still relevant today in our diverse, fast-moving, ever-changing world? Can this ancient collection of writings really speak to us in our postmodern, pluralistic societies? I passionately believe that the answer to both these questions is a resounding ‘yes!’, and that Bible advocacy, which is about changing society’s perceptions of Scripture and releasing its truth into people’s lives, is an absolutely key part of global Bible ministry today. Read more
Author: Michael Perreau. Published: 05/11/2015