Monday, August 09, 2010
E100 started life in the US as a book of 100 Essential Bible Readings. 50 are from the Old Testament and 50 from the New. The aim was to help people see something of God's Big Story and their part in it. It is not an easy task to select 100 readings and I guess some might disagree with the readings selected but in NZ it has been picked up in a joint venture with Wycliffe, Scripture Union and the Bible Society and it has got people reading the Bible for themselves - which is great.
Over 330 churches and 24,000 individuals have signed up to take the E100 challenge. They have also worked with radio Rhema to produce a short radio slot for each reading to be broadcast over 100 days. 20 "well known Christians" were asked to do 5 each. The list included Dick Hubbard – businessman and former Mayor of Auckland, Petra Bagust – television and radio broadcaster, Judge Andrew Becroft – Principal Youth Court Judge, Mary Perkins – World champion FMX rider, Julia Grace musician, Ross Robertson – Labour Member of Parliament and Chester Borrows – National Member of Parliament. I was asked to do the 5 on Paul's letters to the churches. Which meant one each on Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philipians and Colossians.
They have set up a blog for E100 in NZ and it is also possible to listen to the recordings on the Rhema site.
On the Rhema site I am described as "Spokesman, Author, Director of Pacific Partnership Trust and Mission Scotland" which was a description they came up with themselves and is quite entertaining given that today the guy doing the introduction had several goes at rearranging Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship and adding some of his own variations as well.
It has been a real privilege to be involved in this and to be being broadcast 5 times a day this week. It has also been a reminder that i do quite enjoy creative media stuff. I had lunch with Andrew Becroft today and he was suggesting it might be essential. You can also listen to his broadcasts on Judges on the same site.