What's the #1 Thing when Reading the Bible?
3 Days / 3 Videos
Day 1: (8 min)
The #1 Thing:
Day 2: (8 min)
A New Mindset:
Day 3: (48 min)
A New Path:
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What People are Saying
"Nothing comparable to this exciting innovative
"Having a cup of coffee with the authors of the NT" is both an exciting and appealing way to conceive of what is a unique encounter with the text of the NT. Gary Collier, the moving force behind the program, is an extremely gifted Bible scholar and at the same time an especially exciting and effective teacher. Those who participate in this program will not only receive the very best instruction but will find practical resources for their spiritual life and their daily walk. I know of nothing comparable to this exciting innovative program and I am happy to recommend it with the highest enthusiasm.
Professor Donald A. Hagner, Ph.D.,
George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament,
Fuller Theological Seminary
in high-definition quality!"
[The following note was sent, unsolicited, to our study group
by Lee, a longtime member of the group, during the year-long study topic
"The Apocalyptic Context of the Bible."]
I was unable to attend LIVE on Sunday, so I just now finished watching the recording. I’m grateful that our sessions are recorded for us and are available in our online Virtual Commentary. The recording is first class in terms of technology. Those who have not been with us from the beginning (2012) are likely not aware of how much work/time/money has been put into the process of developing such high quality video recordings. I am very pleased that IABC has invested so heavily in this area. Watching the video is almost like being there in person. There were a number of times in watching the recording when I just about started to type something in the chat box 😊.
Not only that, the class content bears witness to the same level of investment. It’s nice to start getting a sense of how the journey we have taken thus far in the study of the roots of Apocalyptic concepts through the literature of ancient Mesopotamia and the like will bear fruit in our contemplation of Biblical texts.
Preacher, Shepherd Team, Student of the Word
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Our Primary Focus
Our primary focus is the pursuit of responsible and contextual biblical-text study which seeks to apply academically sound approaches to everyday, real-life settings. Our ultimate goal is to achieve and teach conversational biblical text interactions that bring all readers closer to God, to his longing for us, and to his people.
Our Study Partners
Our study partners come from all walks of life. PhD's, MD's, college degrees, no degrees---highly motivated Bible readers, all. They are women and men from various races, and cover all adult ages they live in the US, Canada, and parts of Europe. Those attracted to what we offer have the following traits:
- although respectful of traditional readings, they all want to think critically about the Bible and Biblical texts.
- they are, or want to become, independent Bible thinkers.
- they might be independent Bible students, or they might be small-group leaders, ministry leaders, teachers, preachers, pastors, elders, deacons, or missionaries.
Led by . . .
Under the leadership of Gary D. Collier (Ph.D. biblical studies), IABC communally developed the PROBE approach for reading biblical texts conversationally. Collier taught biblical languages and/or literature at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA., Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO., and Martin University, Indianapolis, IN., before founding in 2004 what is now IABC. A full academic bio will open in a new window here.
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Courses & Materials
(For the curious . . .)
Kick the tires and test drive our program.
LOTS of free sample courses, videos, PDF's and more.
These will show you how we proceed and why we promote Biblical Conversation.
the FREE Track(opens in a new window tab)
Weekly LIVE Study Seminar
(For the serious . . .)
Weekly LIVE, biblical-text seminar.
Also recorded LIVE as it happens
Engaging, collaborative, interactive.
24/7 email-based discussion
the Romans Seminar(opens in a new window tab)