HOLY BIBLE: MOSAIC is a beautiful newly published Bible, unlike any Bible you’ve ever seen…

“It has gorgeous, inspiring artwork from the 3rd to 21st centuries from every continent across the globe. It contains poignant, and thought-provoking writings from the 1st to 21st centuries from every continent, and branch of the Church around the world.

“Both artwork and writings follow the Church calendar throughout the year starting with Advent (Sunday, November 29, 2009).

“It has a Dictionary/Concordance, NLT word study system with Hebrew/ Greek dictionary. A beautiful layout of art with devotional content, companioning online community and content to add to each readers’ experience and and spiritual support, and Greek and Hebrew lexicons.”

So says the blurb on Lisa’s website. I confess, it sounds great, but my broader interest is in the production of books like this from Tyndale and IVP. There is something stirring .. a new light rising.. in the west. Aslan is on the move!

This past spring IVP sent me their “Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings,” and more recently, “Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God.” (We are in Week 49 of the Season after Pentecost Proper 20 (25) in Year B). Both these latter titles are published under the new FORMATIO imprint.

What is God up to? He is sending us back to ancient wells. As Robert Webber put it, “We can only see forward as far as we can reach back.” The Spirit is helping us re-member – connect with our historical identity – in order to know ourselves and reach for God’s future. Without memory – one of the fundamental dynamics of the table – we have no future. That is practical eschatology.
“Do this in memory of Me.”

5 Comments on Bibles, Liturgy, Formation..

  1. Good points. I’m glad you could visit my site.
    I’m been thinking the same thing.

    It seems something of a disconnect has happened in Christianity over the years… collectively we have grown apart. It seems the Protestant Ref. did quite a lot to make the spiritual journey about the business of an individual rather than a community endeavor. Our traditions, rituals, and practices may hold great import when rightly experienced and tied to the Living God, the Lover of our Soul, in whom we live and move and have our being.

    God wishes us to remember. Oh my, yes!

  2. len says:

    Lisa, sadly true.. we are beyond pluralism in the west, we are into fragmentation. Perhaps re-membering through reaching back is reconnection at the roots.. radix.. we find unity when we are rightly rooted in the vine..

  3. Great thoughts.

    I grew up in a church tradition that was radically independent; no creed but Christ, me and my Bible, etc. After encountering a lot of church history and theology along the way in my Bible college and graduate school education, I was longing for more connection to these traditions but I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about it except for reading.

    Until I encountered the church year while attending an Evangelical Presbyterian Church and later a Lutheran church. It completely renovated my spiritual life. And out of that experience came the idea for creating Holy Bible: Mosaic.

    One of my greatest hopes for the project is that it will help connect even more people with the church year as a means for spiritual growth and connecting with God and the community of faith.

    Have you seen the preview video I posted? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6kHoRVDnDg

  4. len says:

    Keith, I think that is a faithful hope! Look forward to the finished work.

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