Want to go deeper with Bible Study?
What if you could sit down over coffee with a biblical author?


4 Simple, Strategic Decisions

to start

with biblical authors!

(You can't sit down till you pull out a chair!)

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Biblical Conversation.

What is Biblical Conversation?

It's not conversation about the Bible,
It's conversation with biblical authors thru their texts!

A Focused, Step-by-Step approach to biblical texts; 
Responsible and Contextual;

A real, active, energetic, one-on-one conversation with ancient authors!

It's not
hopping, skipping, and jumping
all over the Bible to cherry-pick texts for our theological playground.

It's not
shooting the breeze about the Bible; not aimless or idle chatter;
not surface-level.

Biblical Conversation is Engaged Biblical-Text Study

Bible Study
should be


Bible Study
should be

This Video

  • is NOT saying that you need to take Greek or use Bible Software!  

  • It IS saying, that whenever you study, you should approach it as a Spiritual Discipline that is not only nurturing, but exhilarating and motivating!

Biblical Conversation

  • is NOT a Facebook-style approach that promotes wandering or loose-knit or aimless gabbing. 

  • It IS biblical-text study using a clearly defined method of reading that helps you have a personal encounter with God, with others, and with yourself. 

Choose Your Path & Resources

The BEST Place to start is to
and to watch the video at the top of this page!

Free Content

  • Lots of free, high-quality content

  • Recordings of LIVE sessions, short courses, interviews, and more

  • Samples of our best material, ranging from short and introductory to detailed & challenging

  • Allows you to get great free content (no time limit) while "kicking the tires" of our approach, our content, and our team

Paid Content

  • 4 Study Tracks;  Weekly LIVE Sessions

  • Our very best high-quality content
    (1000 hours +); Email-based discussion groups

  • For the truly serious---but without mortgaging your house for college courses or degrees 

  • You are a team member, both personally growing and helping support (modestly!) our ability to reach others

Not for everybody!

ONLY for those who can look in the mirror and say . . .

I want more!
I want high-quality, beyond-the-norm,
online, biblical-text study,
but I'm not wanting to mortgage my house
for college courses or degrees!

You must have a personal longing for something extra from Bible study.

Do any of the following describe you?

  • You have a strong desire for Bible understanding.
  • You are, or want to become, an independent Bible thinker.
  • You might be a small-group leader or ministry leader.
  • You might be a teacher, preacher, pastor, elder, deacon, or missionary.  

Our study partners come from all walks of life.

Some have PhD's or MD's, or college degrees, or no degree. 

Our common ground is that we all pursue
responsible, contextual, and conversational biblical text study.

High-quality Biblical-text study 
supports any and every role.

We specialize in

Biblical-Text Study

We emphasize how to listen to biblical texts and how to engage them in energetic, give-and-take conversations.

We practice and promote "Supportive Engagement" and repudiate the common rancorous mode of political and (often religious) discourse that exists in the world today. 

This book is the outgrowth of, and now the basis of, our shared experience on this path.
It explains the approach in detail. 
Click the book cover to see it on Amazon.

Our Current LIVE Study Project 2022

"Paul and a Conversational Reading of Romans" is our current year-long focus. In this communal study, we eagerly pursue the principles of Biblical Conversation on a week-by-week, text-by-text basis.  Since weekly classes are recorded LIVE, it is possible to enter the study at any time. 

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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

"First-class content
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.

Lee Patmore
Preacher, Elder, Student of the Word
Saskatchewan, Canada

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!

The BEST Place to start is to
and to watch the video at the top of this page!

You Can Choose What You Want

The BEST Place to start is to
and to watch the video at the top of this page!

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.

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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,

The last two are LIVE
Mastermind groups.

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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. 

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More Details

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

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.


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