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The Bible Project

September 27th, 2017 | 71 Comments | Posted in Developing Discernment, Miscellaneous

bible project logoI recently learned about The Bible Project — a non-profit, crowdfunded creative studio located in Portland, Oregon, that produces terrific short-form, fully animated videos to make the Bible’s message more widely accessible. They’ve made videos about every book of the Bible as aids to help people read through the books themselves. They’ve also made videos about important themes in the Bible, such as God’s holiness or the image of God. They’re currently producing a series of videos on how to read the Bible and biblical word studies.

The videos are viewable on their YouTube channel, where they’ve had over 30 million views across 229 countries, and have over half a million subscribers.

The Bible Project was started by two friends. Jonathan Collins is a writer and creative director, and has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University. Tim Mackie is also a writer and creative director  and has a Ph.D. in Semitic Languages and Biblical Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mackie wrote his dissertation on the manuscript history of the book of Ezekiel, with a focus on the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls. He’s also a professor at Western Seminary and served as a teaching pastor for many years.

I’m impressed with the quality of the videos as well as the biblical scholarship behind them. The videos, and the accompanying study guides, will help you learn to better understand the Bible and read it in its historical context — which is crucial if you don’t want to fall into the errors of interpretation made by leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and other wayward groups (such as the NAR prophet James Goll’s misinterpretation of Luke 7:44).

If you’re looking for a plan to help you read through the Bible in a year–with videos to  give you the important background information and jazz things up–check out their reading plan (scroll down to the bottom of the page where you can download the daily reading plan, sign up for a weekly e-mail, or download the Reading Scripture App.


Holly Pivec is the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.

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  1. Anita Says:

    Disregard my last post. I found Colleens post and I understand what you are saying though I would not lump Tim Keller in with that group. He believes hell will be worse than anything we could dream up and looks at It through scripture, even if you disagree on fire or. No fire.

  2. exile1805 Says:

    western “intelligent” people arguing who has the best theology while we here in the middle east are just hungry to know Jesus. Tim Mackie and his team have been a big help in that. Tim Mackie has made me want to know Jesus more.

  3. Dan Says:

    Can you show the prior comments?

  4. Holly Says:

    Dan, I don’t know why the prior comments are not showing. There must be a glitch with the system. I’ll look into it.

  5. Amy Aziz Says:

    Hi Holly,

    Hoping you can provide some insight here.

    First, it appears that the creators of the Bible Project are endorsing the Enneagram, https://www.facebook.com/723827107/posts/10156824598767108/, as seen in their video, https://youtu.be/Tu0Ep7c7rvU.

    Although often presented as a psychological tool, the enneagram was invented by a man who channeled the information by automatic writing, which is an occult New Age practice.

    Melissa Dougherty and Doreen Virtue have interviewed Marcia Montenegro, founder of Christian Answers for the New Age (CANA), as she discusses the hidden dangers and occult origin of the Enneagram, and how the enemy is using it to infiltrate the Church with universalism and false teachings, https://youtu.be/HUxKJyMdaew.

    Secondly, am hoping you can address the comments provided by Pastor Gabe from WWUTT regarding his assessment of the depiction provided by the Bible Project on the atonement, https://youtu.be/Bn3H-q41XbE.

    Thanks for your feedback. Appreciate your thoughts.

    God bless,

  6. Holly Says:

    Hi Amy. Thanks for the links you sent me. I will take a look at them. I may not have time to respond directly to them, but am hoping to do an update on my Bible Project article at some point to address some concerns about different things the Bible Project team has been promoting.

  7. Betty Says:

    Holly – I have loved your site for years and recommended it to others. However, I have concerns about the Bible Project – because one of my Sunday School teachers used it for an overview of Revelation. In it, it described the 144,000 and the two witnesses as the “church.” [I believe this is a form of replacement theology]. When I tried to explain to the teacher what the Bible ACTUALLY says, he chose to take the B.P.version.

    I am enclosing the following article link. I also read the article by Pastor Gabe. One of these guys said that Tim Mackie has been influenced by N. T. Wright.


    Thank you for looking into this – God bless, Betty

    The 144,000 I was referring to are in Rev 7 and the two witnesses are in Rev 11.

  8. Merle Says:

    I agree with Betty. The Bible Project videos on Revelation seem good at first, but then it becomes apparent that they believe in “Replacement Theology’ and also that the Church will go through the Tribulation. The 144,000 are Messianic Jews and the 2 prophets are just what the Bible says they are. There is no reason to make these things seem symbolic. I guess they also believe in a Post Tribulation rapture (or no rapture at all). Actually, the Church is never mentioned again after Revelation starts talking about the Tribulation and there is no reason to twist the interpretation of revelation in this way.

  9. Dan Says:

    Any update on adding prior comments? You know this is about the only article and comments in the world on this matter so having them removed is just disappointing and makes me sad but if they are not added back it will propel me to dedicate my life to exposing these errors as they seem to be getting a free pass and that does not sit well with me at all.

  10. Holly Says:

    Dan, I don’t know which comments you’re referring to. I generally approve all comments as long as they are on topic, don’t include personal slander or bad language, and aren’t too long.

  11. Arlen Yoder Says:

    I used to follow The Bible Project faithfully for several years. But then I saw a video where Tim Mackie was talking and he dismissed the fact of a literal hell, even though Jesus talked about it numerous times.
    (Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT4qV5Q-ahs)
    I had a pastor that started talking about the fact that Revelation and Genesis of the Bible were afterthoughts and most scholars dismissed them as not important in the canon. Soon afterwards he left the church, divorced his wife, left his family, and turned to transgenderism.
    My point is that when people start distorting the gospel, even by very creative means like the Bible Project, they will get many people to follow them down a very dangerous path.

  12. Arlen Yoder Says:

    Here is the entire video of Tim Mackie of the Bible Project talking about the reality of heaven and hell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykH8E9wTCcQ
    This is very troubling.

  13. Tim Beasley Says:

    Dear Holly,
    When will you be updating your article to offer warnings to your readers about the many troubling aspects of Tim Mackie’s theology?


  14. Parny Clanton Says:

    Tim teaches that heaven and hell were created by man, and that it is simply a place God will “respectfully” send those who choose to reject His offer to “remove the hell out of them”.
    Also I noticed the replacement theology basis for the Revelation video. And it never even mentions the Anti Christ. Seems to portray God only with the attributes of grace and mercy, avoiding any mention of His Wrath and Judgement.
    Thanks Holly,
    Looking forward to your comments.

  15. Judy Says:

    Dear Holly,

    I too am waiting for your update on the Bible Project. I think this is an important issue to be addressed more. I have found all the same issues as everyone here has also mentioned. Including Mackie teaching Lectino Divina (contemplative prayer mysticism and the enneagram.

    Another very concerning issues is the series they have on “The Divine Council”. I had written Pastor Gabe (WWUTT) about this series and this is what he wrote me:

    “Thank you for your e-mail. Yeah, TBP’s video on “The Divine Council” is a mess, and this is partly due to the fact that TBP rejects a literal reading of Genesis 1-11. Therefore, when God creates the sun, moon, and stars to rule the day and night, Mackie and the gang interpret this as angels, spiritual beings, and the “divine council.” Even though our heavenly bodies are literally used to mark time and seasons, just as Genesis 1:14 says, Mackie’s crew refuses to read it this way.

    At the end of these videos, you’ll notice that one of the script supervisors is Michael Heiser, who considers himself an expert on the supernatural and paranormal. But if you ever read much Heiser, you might notice that his niche is more on the side of speculation and myth. He also rejects penal substitutionary atonement, as the rest of the guys at TBP do.”

    I hope other discernment ministries will take a look at that series as its enough to really make your head swim.

    Thank you so much, Judy

  16. Bob Says:

    Just watched ‘The Bible Project’s’ how to read apocalyptic literature. I am concerned they do not see an earthly return of Christ ruling from Jerusalem.

    My transliteration of what I heard in video: Revelation, the death of Jesus and world as we know, along with resurrection is path to renewed world where heaven and earth are re-united and God’s human images rule renewed creation in love and power of God.

    tail end of above as actually stated:

    ‘..actually about the renewed world where God’s human images rule creation in the love and power of God.’

    This seems to go along with preterist type views that Bible prophecy is all fulfilled. Their wanting social justice and read of scripture makes me wonder about the trap of gentile nations trampling Jerusalem and a rebuilt Temple.

    The Jewish people have suffered greatly under gentile Christianity, and a reborn Holy Roman Empire, Bible Project, Roman Catholic Socialism joined by Lutherans and anyone else who wants to ‘bridge the gap’ between the harlot and daughters looks like a big problem on the horizon.

    Projects are for people with agendas to accomplish. If their agenda is to have human images ruling and not the returned Christ, I have a strong feeling they may end up counting themselves as part of the iron mixed with clay in Daniel’s statue.

    We should not boast about failings of Jewish people or others or attempt to bring ‘justice’ to the oppressed. Rather we should pay for the oppressed’s room and board until they can get on their feet again – pay ourselves in sacrificial love out of our own pockets, not extract it from ‘sinners’ which we all are. We should be supporting our governments.

    In how to interpret apocalypic literature, Bible project claimed at exile people were given back over to darkness of chaos. Jeremiah and others were actually there as lights and told to be good citizens of the community exiled to. There was and always has been a remnant that survived. Jesus waits in heaven until his enemies are made a foot stool – until the fulness of the gentiles have come in. Bible project and social justice movements could be end of such.

    I don’t want to be negative. Christ is being preached. But I am concerned.

    I am just a sinner among many made perfect by Christ’s blood, another person caught in my own harlotry, but freed and perfected in Christ. God has give everyone over to disobedience so that he can have mercy on all. I pray for mercy for those in the Bible Project and anyone reading this.

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