Unapologetic Study Bible Set for Nov. 7 Release

MORRISTOWN, N.J.—The Unapologetic Study Bible—a resource that applies biblical truth to public square issues, from the church’s role in society to the status of socialism, the promise of adult stem cell research, evidences of intelligent design, the global-warming dispute, and justice in war and punishment —is available for pre-order and slated for release November 7.

Published by Thomas Nelson, the Unapologetic Study Bible features more than 220 articles drawn from Kairos Journal, an online resource to help believers restore the church’s prophetic voice amid cultural decay.

“Many say that the West is a ‘cut-flower civilization,’” publisher Emmanuel Kampouris writes in the study Bible’s foreword, “scarcely sustained by the Christian perspectives that once brought her life. The bloom is fading at a shocking rate; we are desperate for spiritual renewal, grounded in Christ and His Word . . . Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will encourage Christians from all walks of life toward biblically directed thought, word, and deed though the articles included in this study Bible.”

Unapologetic Study Bible articles are organized into eight distinct content areas: church, corruption, economics, education, family, government, sanctity of life, and virtue. The articles also vary in format and comprise quotations from historical figures, in-depth commentary on Bible passages, historical vignettes, and scripturally-informed analysis of current trends.

Among the study Bible’s highlights, readers will learn:

– That French pastor André Trocmé led the village of Chambon to become a haven during World War II for Jews escaping Nazi persecution;

– That British lawmaker William Wilberforce drew inspiration from the biblical preaching of his pastor during the fight to abolish the slave trade;

– That Hebrew terms in Genesis 1 highlight the binary nature of God’s design for gender, in contrast to assertions of the contemporary transgender movement; and

– That the New Testament uses the same Greek word to reference both born and unborn children, suggesting they are equally deserving of protection.

Each Bible book in the Unapologetic Study Bible is preceded by an introduction overviewing its content and identifying key passages. Indices in the back of the study Bible allow readers to study all the articles on a particular topic or survey all the topics addressed within a particular Bible book.

Among contributors to the Unapologetic Study Bible are an international team of pastors and scholars, including the Kairos Journal editorial board.

For more information about Kairos Journal, visit kairosjournal.org; for Thomas Nelson, visit thomasnelson.com.

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Zondervan Academic and BibleMesh Collaborate to Offer Online Distance Learning Courses

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Zondervan Academic and BibleMesh Collaborate to Offer Online Distance Learning Courses

(Nashville, TN)—Zondervan Academic, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, and BibleMesh, a producer of online courses for theological education, announced today a collaboration that will further both entities’ interest in distance learning.   Online courses offered through this new collaboration will be available to colleges and seminaries for use in their curriculum, as well as to individuals interested in non-credit, online continuing education. The first courses will be available in November, 2015, with as many as twenty-five available by the fall of 2016.

“We are committed to publishing the highest-quality resources for schools to help instructors teach and students learn,” said Dr. Stanley N. Gundry, Zondervan senior vice president and publisher. “Building the best online courses for both undergraduate and graduate level study is a natural extension of that commitment. Zondervan Academic has superb content that will be built into the courses, and BibleMesh has experience and expertise in online distance learning. This is why this collaboration makes such good sense and will be such a quality service to schools.”

Courses will be taught by leading evangelical scholars, including Wayne Grudem, Andrew E. Hill, William D. Mounce, Gary D. Pratico, Miles V. Van Pelt, John H. Walton, and many others. Courses available in November will include Basics of Biblical Greek, Basics of Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Interpretation, New Testament Survey, and Old Testament Survey.

In addition to making courses available to schools to use within their online programs, Zondervan and BibleMesh will make online courses available to individuals not enrolled in a college or seminary, with an option to get credit from a partner institution.

“BibleMesh has invested years in developing a superior online learning experience for students using cutting edge technology,” said Michael McClenahan, Executive Director of BibleMesh. “Now, the collaboration between BibleMesh and Zondervan Academic will give schools the chance to offer even more online options for their students.”

Last year 72-percent of incoming college freshmen reported taking an online course the previous year. Many Christian colleges and seminaries have begun to offer online courses to meet the demand and stay competitive, seeing their importance for growing enrollment and leveraging new learning technologies.

The new courses can be used as part of a traditional residential program, within a flipped classroom, or as part of online-only degree programs. Schools can use them to supplement an existing online program or start a new program using courses with content from Zondervan Academic incorporated into the BibleMesh platform.

To be notified when the first courses are available and to receive news and updates, sign up at http://zondervanacademic.com/online-courses-coming-soon/.

HCBibleMeshAbout BibleMesh: A provider of cutting-edge online educational services, BibleMesh promotes understanding of the Christian scriptures and Christian discipleship. BibleMesh advances this mission through core curriculum development, particularly in the biblical languages, alongside strategic initiatives with content creators. BibleMesh was launched in 2010 by Emmanuel A. Kampouris, retired chairman, CEO, and president of American Standard Companies, Inc. and his wife Camille, an educator and performer best known for her work with The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street. For additional information, please visit www.biblemesh.com.

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups in addition to Olive Tree Bible Software.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.  Also home to BibleGateway.com, the world’s largest Christian website, and FaithGateway.com, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.  For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.

 

 

BibleMesh Launches Mounce Greek Courses

HAMILTON, Bermuda—Bill Mounce’s best-selling Greek textbook The Basics of Biblical Greek is the foundation for two new online courses launched by Mounce and BibleMesh.

mounce-logo-straplineDivided into 36 lessons on Greek grammar, vocabulary and translation technique, The Basics of Biblical Greek online courses combine classic textbook content with Cerego technologies to enhance grammar and vocabulary retention. Easily adapted into the standard two-semester format of learning biblical Greek, the courses are available in either a stand-alone format or with an academic support bundle.

With the academic support bundle, students can retain permanent access to their grades and receive academic credit at partner institutions of higher education.

The Basics of Biblical Greek textbook is used in colleges and seminaries across the world and has helped more than 200,000 students learn to read the New Testament in the original Greek.

“I am delighted that we are able to partner with Bill Mounce on this important project, enabling people to read God’s Word in the original language,” said BibleMesh publisher Emmanuel Kampouris. “Our global team has long sought to help people know and love the Bible. We strongly believe that this new collaboration honors this purpose.”

The courses include Greek audio recordings, vocabulary tutorials and teaching videos featuring Mounce, president of BiblicalTraining.org.

Mounce said the online courses are “not merely an eBook” but “a truly interactive, learning experience.”

“There is so much that we can do electronically to help the student learn biblical Greek, making the process much less painful than a traditional paper textbook,” said Mounce. “That is why I am delighted to be working hand in hand with BibleMesh, using their expertise to accomplish this goal. From the presentation of the written material, to the inclusion of the videos, to the interactive testing, we are well on our way to a new type of learning experience. And for teachers, the embedded administrative tools from Cerego will make teaching a class of any size a rewarding experience.”

In the coming months, BibleMesh will release other Mounce courses based on content from BiblicalTraining.org, which offers resources for discipleship in the local church.

BibleMesh is an internationally known source for theological content that promotes biblical understanding and Christian discipleship. It launched in 2010 to offer high-quality courses in a cutting-edge online learning environment.

Kampouris and his wife Camille began BibleMesh to address biblical illiteracy worldwide. Emmanuel Kampouris is the retired chairman, CEO, and president of American Standard Companies, Inc. Camille Kampouris is an educator and performer most known for her work with The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street.

For more information about BibleMesh, visit biblemesh.com.

 

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New BibleMesh Course Explores Biblical Gender Roles

ProfilePicMAKost.smallHAMILTON, Bermuda—BibleMesh is pleased to announce the launch of God’s Design for Man & Woman, an online course from Andreas and Margaret Kӧstenberger explaining the Bible’s teaching about gender roles and applying it to the modern world. In 10 instructional units with more than 30 videos, students will learn that God created man and woman with equally significant yet distinct and complementary roles in the church and the family.

The Kӧstenbergers have been married for 25 years and are the parents of four children. He serves as senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where Margaret is adjunct professor of women’s studies.

“Our culture is in great ferment on the issue of gender identities and roles,” Andreas Kӧstenberger said. “As a result, there is an acute need to equip this generation with the clear teaching of Scripture on this subject. In God’s Design for Man & Woman, we show how God’s original pattern was established at creation, subverted at the fall, and is now being restored in Christ for believers. Lasting fulfillment for men and women comes not through political action, legislative initiative, or judicial decree, but only by spiritual transformation.”

Among the features of God’s Design for Man & Woman are:

  • A survey of Scripture’s teaching on gender from Genesis to Revelation rather than a focus only on debated passages.
  • Instructional videos featuring the Kӧstenbergers’ discussing key issues from their perspectives as a husband and wife.
  • Opportunities for reflection, interaction with the material, and assessment.
  • A church curriculum that can be used in conferences or small groups with a facilitator, video component, and discussion questions.

Available at www.BibleMesh.com and www.biblicalfoundations.org, God’s Design for Man & Woman is based on the Kӧstenbergers’ book of the same title published by Crossway.

GDMW“In a world awash in confusion about God’s plan for men and women, BibleMesh has gladly partnered with Andreas and Margaret Kӧstenberger in this important project,” said BibleMesh publisher Emmanuel Kampouris. “Their instruction in this course helps bring the clarity of God’s Word to bear on the subject of gender.”

Kampouris and his wife Camille began BibleMesh to address biblical illiteracy worldwide. Emmanuel Kampouris is the retired chairman, CEO, and president of American Standard Companies, Inc. Camille Kampouris is an educator and performer most known for her work with The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street.

BibleMesh is an internationally known source for theological content that promotes biblical understanding and Christian discipleship. It launched in 2010 to offer high-quality courses in a cutting-edge online learning environment.

 

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Discipleship Explored Launched by BibleMesh and Christianity Explored Ministries

HAMILTON, Bermuda—BibleMesh and Christianity Explored Ministries have partnered to launch an online course explaining the basics of living a joyful Christian life.

Discipleship Explored is based on the course of the same name published by The Good Book Company and takes students on an eight-stage inductive journey through the book of Philippians. The course answers questions such as: How can we be confident of our salvation? Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do? Why is church so important? Why read the Bible? What is righteousness and how do we get it? How can we know Jesus better? What difference does prayer make? And how can we be content in all circumstances, even when suffering?

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“Though a church-based course is ideal, we recognize that they’re not always practical, and for various reasons: erratic schedules, personal health factors, not to mention the difficulties faced by isolated believers living in countries where churches are being shut down or driven underground,” said Barry Cooper, author of Discipleship Explored and director of product development at Christianity Explored Ministries. “That’s why Discipleship Explored Online has been developed.

“This is more than a simple ‘port’ of Discipleship Explored,” Cooper continued. “There are many things we can do online that would be impossible in an offline course. So this is a hugely exciting moment for us. We are thrilled to be partnering with BibleMesh and are grateful for their dedication and vision. We’re looking forward to seeing how the Lord will use Discipleship Explored Online.”

Each of the eight stages of Discipleship Explored features an introductory Bible study, a 10-­15 minute video, targeted questions to help students apply what they have learned, and follow-­up studies that explore other biblical passages on the same theme.

Christianity Explored Ministries was founded by Rico Tice and Barry Cooper under the ministry of John Stott at All Souls Church, Langham Place in Central London.

BibleMesh is an internationally known source for theological content that promotes biblical understanding and Christian discipleship. It launched in 2010 to offer high-quality courses in a cutting-edge online learning environment.

Emmanuel and Camille Kampouris began BibleMesh to address biblical illiteracy worldwide. Emmanuel Kampouris is the retired chairman, CEO, and president of American Standard Companies, Inc. Camille Kampouris is an educator and performer most known for her work with The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street.

“It’s a pleasure to partner with Christianity Explored Ministries to offer tried and true Christian resources in an online format,” said Emmanuel Kampouris. “From the very beginning, our global team has sought to provide a fresh, faithful introduction to the Bible and to bring its teachings to bear on everyday life. We strongly believe that this new collaboration honors that purpose.”

For more information about BibleMesh or Christianity Explored Ministries, visit biblemesh.com.

 

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Kairos Journal and BibleMesh Partner with HarperCollins Christian Publishing

HarperCollins Christian Publishing Establishes Exclusive Bible Publishing Agreement with Kairos Journal and BibleMesh

(Morristown, NJ) – Kairos Journal and BibleMesh is pleased to announce a new partnership with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. In this agreement, HarperCollins Christian Publishing will utilize content from these two online resources to create multiple study Bibles, using various translations.

KJ LogoKairos Journal and BibleMesh are internationally known sources for theological content that promotes biblical understanding and Christian discipleship. Kairos Journal launched in 2000 to equip pastors and church leaders to restore the prophetic voice of the church. BibleMesh launched in 2010 to offer high-quality courses in a cutting-edge online learning environment.

“I have known of the outstanding work Kairos Journal and BibleMesh for many years, and admired the quality of their work,” said John Kramp, SVP and publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s Bible Division. “We’re thrilled to have the privilege of transforming their content into distinctive study Bibles.”

Emmanuel and Camille Kampouris, founders of Kairos Journal and BibleMesh, began these non-profit organizations to address biblical illiteracy worldwide. Emmanuel Kampouris is the retired chairman, CEO, and president of American Standard Companies, Inc. Camille Kampouris is an educator and performer most known for her work with The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street.

The-Biblical-Story-logo“I am delighted that we are able to partner with HarperCollins Christian Publishing on these important projects, thereby extending the reach of God’s word,” said Emmanuel Kampouris. “From the very beginning our global team has sought to provide a fresh, faithful introduction to the Bible and to bring its teachings to bear on the culture. We strongly believe that this new collaboration honors this purpose.”

The first study Bible to be published by Zondervan using the content from BibleMesh will release in 2017 followed by a second Bible using the Kairos Journal content. Additional resources in multiple translations will follow.

In addition to partnering in Bible publishing, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, BibleMesh, and Kairos Journal anticipate expanded opportunities for collaborative work.

“I have a deep respect for Emmanuel and Camille Kampouris’ leadership, both in ministry and in business,” said Mark Schoenwald, CEO and president of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “Their ministry educates and empowers church leaders all over the world, bringing people closer to God’s Word.  Their work is a true example of The Great Commission. In addition, Emmanuel’s global business knowledge and experience offers our partnership a strategic focus with more opportunities to fulfill our own company’s mission.”

For more information about Kairos Journal, visit kairosjournal.org; for BibleMesh, visit biblemesh.com; for HarperCollins Christian Publishing visit HarperCollinsChristian.com.

 

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