The Bible Project: Discernment & God’s Project (Part 2)

This is Part Two of a three-part interview with Tim Mackie and Jon Collins, co-founders of The Bible Project. Listen to Part One here.

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First take a look at this video (different from Part One’s video) and then listen to Part Two of my conversation with Tim Mackie and Jon Collins, co-founders of The Bible Project.

In this episode we address what it means to participate in God’s project and how discernment appears in the Bible. We also talk about the Genesis understanding of “subduing” the earth, which I previously wrote about here.

Listen to Part Three here.

Here’s a link to the book Tim and Jon mentioned: Decision Making and the Will of God, Garry Friesen

Podcast music by Kevin MacLeod

6 replies

  1. This is really well done, and I’d love to be able to use it for teaching…but for all the male pronouns for God. Sigh. 🙁 It makes the “not equal” sign over the woman’s torso more than an artistic decision. Something to keep in mind for future projects. It’s really not that difficult to avoid pronouns — I do on most every post and sermon I write.

  2. Hi Kate – Good point. Though I’ve shown these videos to my students I always make an effort in class (as well as in this blog) to use gender neutral language for God. Only using male language restricts out image of God. You might want to let Jon and Tim know your thoughts directly (as they may not be checking these comments). Their website is

    Peace and all good,

  3. First of all thank you Andy for the interview. Nice job. I’m quite curious Kate what materials you use for teaching and what those materials use in terms of pronouns. The NIV translation that has come under heavy scrutiny for its move towards gender inclusive language still leaves in place gender specific language for God. As far as I know there are no english translations that have modified/edited that. Here is an interesting post from the Junia Project that points out that Paul modified OT passages by making them more gender neutral when referring to those OT passages in his writings. It’s a rather compelling post.

  4. I have been using these videos in my Theology classes (I teach at a Cristo Rey School) for quite some time. Many of our students are behind grade level in reading comprehension, so reading and making sense of a book like the Bible is often a struggle. Finding resources to supplement their learning is not easy given that Theology resources are either non-existent, not in keeping with church teaching, too childish (i.e. for Sunday school children), or too advanced (i.e. for Theology majors and up). I have yet to find a good resource that achieves that Goldie Locks “in between” quality. The Bible Project, however, has been a big hit with both me and my students in presenting the stories, themes, and vocabulary of the Bible. Now, if some magical person would just make guided viewing or reflection worksheets to go along with all the videos, that would just be super swell.

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