What if you could Engage Biblical Authors in one-on-one Conversations?
These 4 decisions
(that most Christians will never make)
can transform how you
read the Bible!
Reading the Bible thru in a year is a fine thing,
but it is NOT the best practice long-term.
Watch the above video.
(Then scroll down for more info)
If You're Looking for
Biblical-Text Study . . .
. . . keep reading!
If you are a Christian man or woman who wants high-quality, beyond-the-norm, online, biblical text study, but you are not wanting to mortgage your house for college courses or degrees, then this approach was designed just for you.
You might be . . .
- a very interested Bible reader
- a church preacher or pastor
- a ministry leader
- a small group leader
- a teacher
- a missionary
- an independent Bible thinker or reader
- a ________ (you name it!)
High-quality Bible study supports any and every role, and people from all of these roles are in our study program already. The big question now is—no matter where you are in life or what you do—ARE YOU longing for high quality, beyond-the-norm, online biblical text study?
What do you stand to gain?
You'll enhance your Bible reading desire, joy, and skill.
You'll become more confident when reading the Bible.
You'll be challenged to . . .
- read texts responsibly & contextually
- learn an all-new PROBE path to reading
- learn and start reading conversationally
- learn "supportive engagement" with/for others
- read texts in a vibrant study community
- read texts more expectantly
(scroll down to see what others say)
If you can look yourself in the mirror
and say . . .
I want high-quality, beyond-the-norm,
online, biblical-text study,
but I am not wanting to mortgage my house
for college courses or degrees
. . . then this program was designed specifically for you.
We specialize in
We emphasize how to listen to biblical texts and how to engage them in energetic, give-and-take conversations.
The phrase "Biblical Conversation" does not mean to us random conversations about the Bible; it means deep level interaction with biblical authors through their texts, just as those texts are in deep level conversation with each other.
This is not a Facebook-style group of wandering, loose-knit, aimless gabbing. This is a group focused on biblical-text study using a clearly defined method of reading called "Biblical Conversation."
The book explains in detail.
Click the book cover to see it on Amazon.
What You Will Find Here
LIVE and Recorded
Biblical-Text Study Courses
A "Conversational Approach"
to Bible Reading
Free Courses and Samples
English and Greek (optional)
Biblical Text Studies
Occasional LIVE Events
"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, Elder, Student of the Word
We are a focused Bible study network that . . .
takes biblical texts seriously,
is willing to ask tough questions,
will challenge you to your best thinking,
respects traditional understandings but is not afraid to engage them,
is more than Sunday school
but not mere academic study.
If this is what you're looking for,
we're looking for you!
You Can Choose What You Want
Free Sample Courses
Not only great, free information and encouragement, these are also samples of what we believe,
how we proceed, and why we promote Biblical Conversation.
LIVE & Recorded Courses
LIVE courses year round that meet online every week (except holidays). Every course we teach gets recorded LIVE and is available for later viewing.
5 Study Tracks
The only way into our classes and materials is through tracks.
Free, Bronze, Silver,
GOLD and PLATINUM
The last two are LIVE
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24/7 Energetic Discussion
A very active and energetic email-based discussion group for ongoing discussion throughout every week. Especially for those in the Gold and Platinum tracks.
Face-to-Face LIVE Events
We've had 4 LIVE events:
Indiana; Tennessee; Houston, TX; and Palestine, TX. We are on hold for more of these until Covid is settled.
Keep scrolling down for more.
Who Are We?
IABC is an organization of adult Christians devoted to responsible, contextual, and conversational readings of biblical texts. Under the leadership of Gary D. Collier (Ph.D. biblical studies), IABC communally developed the PROBE approach for reading biblical texts conversationally.
Our goal is to engage biblical authors in conversation through energetic interaction with their texts. In this way, we seek an active and ongoing conversation with God, and we seek to impact how people around the world engage biblical texts.
We seek light and enlightenment through careful readings of biblical texts. By starting up conversations with biblical authors through their texts, we believe that God speaks with us still.
Our Study Partners
Our Study Partners are highly motivated Christian Bible readers. We are English speaking and come from a variety of Christian faith backgrounds, are women and men, are multi-racial, cover all adult ages, and come primarily (at this point) from the US and Canada. We have also seen some interest from Romania, Poland, and Argentina. We seek to cut across racial and cultural boundaries—a kind of “Bible Study Partners without fences” concept.
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.