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A Collaboration of Evangelical Scholarship with Global Reach to Accelerate Biblical Practice
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (February 2, 2015)—With the goal of getting more people to read the Bible and live its teachings, the world’s leading Bible website, Bible Gateway (BibleGateway.com; @BibleGateway), has partnered with the #1-ranked US regional college (Midwest), Taylor University, and its Center for Scripture Engagement (tucse.taylor.edu; @TaylorU_CSE) in creating and providing globally accessible Scripture Engagement resources (https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/scripture-engagement).
“Bible surveys seem to indicate that, while the Bible continues to be the top international bestseller, a large percentage of people are not reading it as often or as attentively as their Bible ownership might indicate. We’re delighted to work with Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement (TUCSE) to help the millions of users of Bible Gateway to not only read the Bible, but to also incorporate its life-changing teachings into their everyday living,” says Rachel Barach, general manager, Bible Gateway. “This is one more way of achieving our mission: to honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are.”
“Our vision for the Center for Scripture Engagement is to equip people to engage the Scriptures in ways that will drive evangelism, personal discipleship, worldview formation, and church planting,” says Dr. Phil Collins, executive director, TUCSE. “This exciting collaboration with Bible Gateway expansively broadens the reach of our vision.”
The Scripture Engagement section of Bible Gateway, linked from the site’s top navigation bar, describes and offers 12 Bible-reading practices intended to help users intimately know God and be closer followers of Jesus: Lectio Divina, Praying Scripture, Memorizing Scripture, Singing Scripture, Journaling Scripture, Hand Copying Scripture, Scripture Engagement through Visual Art, Storying Scripture, Speaking Scripture, Manuscript Bible Study, Dramatizing Scripture, and Public Reading of Scripture. These practices dovetail with Bible Gateway’s extensive online database of more than 200 Bible versions.
Bible Gateway, ranked number one on global search engines and the most visited Christian website in the world by users in more than 200 countries, recently revamped its site design. Among its many features are the abilities to:
- listen to Bible audio
- read translator footnotes within the context of Bible verses
- write notes while reading Bible verses and save them to a personal account
- easily share Bible verses with friends using Twitter, Facebook, email, and print.
About Bible Gateway
As the Internet’s largest Christian website, Bible Gateway seeks to equip people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are. Celebrating 20 years online, Bible Gateway offers free access to the Bible in more than 70 languages and 200 different versions. Bible Gateway’s website and app are visited by more than 18 million unique visitors per month. The company is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. Please visit Bible Gateway at www.biblegateway.com.
About Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement
Its motto being, “Engage Scripture, engage God,” the goal of the Center for Scripture Engagement at Taylor University is that scripture engagement will become one of the most broadly applied missional concepts to emerge in the Christian world in this decade.
About Taylor University
Founded in 1846, Taylor University is an interdenominational liberal arts university of evangelical faith located in Upland, Ind. The 2015 U.S. News and World Report survey America’s Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges. It marked Taylor’s eighth straight top ranking and 18th straight year to be ranked in the region’s top three. Taylor University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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- Bible Gateway: http://www.biblegateway.com/
- Scripture Engagement resources on Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/scripture-engagement
- Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement: http://tucse.taylor.edu/