Introducing Animate: Bible


I’m a big fan of Animate. Hell, I’m a big fan of anything published and produced by Sparkhouse. But Animate is great. I’ve blogged about it before here and here. When I was at Ashland, we found a lot of ways to use Animate: Faith. We did two rounds of it with our Adult Education program, but I also used it with our college group, and even showed one of the videos to our high schoolers, who seemed to also enjoy it. So while it is geared for adults, I think it works for other demographics as well.


I was excited when they first announced they were going to come out with another series, and even more excited when I saw the lineup:

  • Eric Elnes – Canon: Mining for the Word
  • Phyllis Tickle – History: Parchment to Pixel
  • Rachel Held Evans – Testaments: One Story, Two Parts
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber – Gospels: Unexpected Good News
  • Jose Morales – Genre: Rhythm of the Text
  • Will Willimon – Interpretation: Scripture Reads Us
  • Jay Bakker – Grace: Love is the Bottom Line

Over the past couple years, Rachel Held Evans has become a blogger extraordinaire, and so I was glad to see she got included in this round of voices. I think her video in particular is something that people often have questions about, how to think about the two testaments of the Bible (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Greek Scriptures), when the God portrayed in each testament tends to be such a different God (at least on the surface). Here she describes some of that in a preview of her video:

I also find the materials themselves (the leader guides, participants journals, etc) to be very engaging for participants and great to help leaders plan their use of the materials. Plus Paul Soupiset is just a brilliant artist, and I love the illustrations that he comes up with for the materials. Case in point:

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I’m guessing we’ll find some ways to use this curriculum here at Winnetka Presbyterian; it’s one of those resources that you can purchase with confidence, knowing that it will provide meaningful and spiritually rich conversations.


  1. Jay Tate says

    animate:Faith provided our small group of participants with a “non-traditional” way of examining our faith. Getting and understanding God’s message are for many, two entirely different things. As hard as pastors try, many of the congregants do not absorb the meaning behind the delivered word that comes from the pulpit every Sunday, me included. Through animate:Faith I personally gained a better understanding of the topics presented due frankly to the ensuing facilitated discussions that followed each video. Our church later offered this series to our “adult vacation bible school”. We had a captive audience…i.e., parents bringing their children to VBS. I was glad to see approximately 45 adults attend each session over the week. Discussions were spirited given we had attendees in their 70s and 80s along side of young adults and college students. My hat is off to Spark House! I’m looking forward to animate:Bible in January 2014.

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