Orality Movement

Celebrating 30 years of ministry! Sept. CEO Blog Post

It’s incredible to think that it’s been over 30 years since Scriptures In Use (SIU) was officially incorporated as an Arizona-based US nonprofit by our three founding board directors: Jim Bowman, Carla Bowman and Gary Lovelace. God’s grace has truly abounded over the past 30 years. We have so many…

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New Wine in New Wineskins

One of our biggest challenges here in the western world, especially in our ministry outreach efforts, is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. Then when we see limited to no new impact from our same old efforts, we ponder in disappointment, “What went wrong?” Albert Einstein famously called this process the “definition of insanity.” Sometimes, when I’m doing the same routine as before, I have to tell myself, “STOP, Kent! Change your approach and your ways.” There is a parable in the Bible that clearly speaks to this issue …

Running from God

Running from God?

There are times in my past when I felt so alone and isolated that I wondered how I ever got myself into such a dark place. I had to face the disappointing reality of my poor walk with God. My lack of trust and spiritual growth were the result of having turned my back on God. Actually, there have been times when I was even running from God. That’s not a good place to be! It’s happened to many of us—even to God’s most dedicated servants and prophets in the Bible. There are Elijah, Jonah, Hagar, and others….

Refresh and Renew

Refresh and Renew

During a recent family vacation, I was often reminded of how much my mind is constantly processing in “information overload” mode. I found it so difficult to slow down my mind and put my internal high-capacity motor in “idle” mode. It’s so very hard to do!!! Maybe it’s hard for you as well. It usually takes me at least two to three days at the beginning of a vacation to start to decompress and slow down my thoughts and behaviors. I’ve learned that you have to…

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Does Telling Bible Stories Change Lives?

Recently one of our SIU national partners and leaders from the Global South (made up of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America) told me that he had taken the time to count over 700 stories in the Bible. He then said, “I feel ashamed as I have only memorized 36 of these Bible stories word for word in my native language and in four other local dialects. I should have memorized many more by now if I want to be more effective in my work to change lives.” Poof, my bubble of Westerner pride in having memorized three short, English-only stories burst in comparison to what this inspiring leader was sharing. He went on to say…

Prodigal

The Return of the Prodigal

In oral cultures as we train and equip indigenous grassroots leaders to share the Bible orally, we encounter young men who have experienced the loss of a father. Living in remote communities, under difficult conditions, their families have seen all types of persecution and suffering. They have witnessed genocide, sickness, and destruction which took many fathers’ lives. These leaders are now orphans and as such…

Great Value

The Pearl of “Great Value”

Have you ever lost something valuable to you…like your checkbook? Your wedding ring? Your car keys? Or your wallet? I think I’ve lost every one of those items at least once in my life. The feeling of not being able to find something valuable that’s been lost is one of the worst feelings I’ve experienced. OK, being pulled over by a police officer for a traffic ticket is pretty awful too. Perhaps you are like me when this happens. You search and then search some more. You retrace your steps and question your actions and just when you are about to give up…

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Real Peace, is that Possible?

At this time, when there is so much civil hostility, intolerance, and anger in this country toward those who offer differing views and opinions, I understand why some people may be searching for and wanting to find peace. What’s interesting is that…

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Treasures in Heaven

Living in the United States, I am consistently bombarded with advertisements about all the “things I’m missing out on that will make me and my life better.” Such as a recent TV commercial showing a person saving thousands on purchasing a new car for themselves vs. the neighbor next door who didn’t save that much while buying gifts for others.
That’s quite the message: Let’s just take care of ourselves with expensive toys and forget everyone else. What a sad, selfish perspective that penetrates our culture—and that way of thinking is opposite of what the Bible instructs.

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The Power of “Story”

At Christmas, more than any other time of year, storytelling plays a major role in our lives. Children never tire of hearing the age-old stories that make the Christmas season so special. And when we gather with family, we love sharing stories of Christmases past and the feeling of nostalgia that these stories bring. In my family …