Chris Juby

Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less.

I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day.

The @biblesummary account peaked at over 30,000 followers, and was featured in the news all over the world.

Find out about the project here, or feel free to get in contact.

One Year On

Last Saturday marked one year since I completed the Bible Summary project. To be honest, I'm amazed that it's only a year. So much has happened since then!

Here are a few notes and reflections:

I continue to be amazed and humbled by the number of people visiting the website and getting in touch about the project. I thought the website traffic would drop off after I finished, but more people visited the website in the past year than did over the whole three-and-a-half years of the project. Students visit for help with their assignments, pastors visit for help with sermon prep, Bible study leaders visit to give context to their classes, people from all over the world visit to help them understand what they're reading in the Bible. I pray that these summaries help people to connect with Scripture itself, and through Scripture to God himself.

I can't believe how many opportunities have come up on the back of the project! My book '@BibleIntro' will be out on Authentic Media in March 2015; I recently spoke about Scripture in the Digital Age at the Christian New Media Conference in London; I've been working with various partners on offshoot projects; people regularly get in touch about licensing the summaries for other projects; and I've got a few more interesting possibilities waiting in the wings. It's an absolute joy and privilege to work with so many great people towards encouraging engagement with the Bible!

Regarding my own Bible engagement, I feel slightly embarrassed to admit that I haven't been very organised in the year since I finished. I still read the Bible almost every day, but there hasn't been a lot of structure to it. I've mostly been focussing on specific sections for a few days (recently, Psalm 88) rather than systematic reading. It's been a joy to have the liberty to do that after so many months of strict structure, but I'm beginning to feel that it would be helpful to have a more deliberate plan.

I have lots of other plans for the year to come! The biggest of those is that I'm going to relaunch the Twitter account early in 2015. Following your feedback, I will be posting the full set of summaries again, and I think I'll use the account to interact and get into conversation about the Bible. So stay tuned!

I can hardly believe there's still so much life in Bible Summary. I think the reason must be that I've rooted the project very deeply in Scripture, and there's always life in Scripture.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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