Back in March of last year I first heard from Brian David about a concept for a New Church Bible study website that he was working on with a couple of other people. One of the early experiments with the concept from around that time was internalword.com.
The project has now had a lot more thought put into it and they've done some presentations to try to get funding for it. And so now, rather than have me try to explain the concept behind the site, I can just tell you to watch the fun, short, RSA Animate-Style video that they put together.
You can also find a bunch of documents about the project on PittsburghNewChurch.org, including some images of what the user interface might look like. A note about those images: they look like a bad site from the 90s but, never fear, Brian assures me that they were just to try to explain the concept and, when they make the site for real, they'll get professional design and UI help.
Anyway, I think it's a cool idea and I hope that they get the funding that they're looking for so that they can give it a try. It's definitely one of those projects that will only work if a lot of people get involved so, if it sounds interesting to you, be sure to like the New Christian Bible Study page on Facebook.
P.S. They also entered into the debate that Rob Bell's book has stirred up with a little video about the New Church idea of heaven and hell.
Wow, those are great videos! And a great Idea for a new website. Is there any way, other than liking it on facebook, that we can show support for the idea?
Good question, Alan. I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you wanted to send a financial contribution their way. :)
Other than that I would contact Brian David directly. (His email address is on the Info section of the Facebook page.) You also could occasionally check the page for things to participate in. For example, they recently asked people to submit recommendations for stories to explain on the site.
Here's the actual site link - it's up and running: http://www.newchristianbiblestudy.org
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