By Jessi Strong

Sally Lloyd-Jones, author
of the bestselling Jesus Storybook Bible, knows from experience that children's encounters with the Bible can have a lifelong impact
on how they view God and
his Word.

For Lloyd-Jones, her early experiences with the Bible
at church left her viewing Scripture as a moral authority that didn’t impart much grace. “I somehow had the idea that I had to be good for God to love me, and if I stopped being good, he would stop loving me.”

Reverend Philipo Mafuja Magwano overflows with excitement when he starts talking about the Bible. From Northwestern Tanzania, he is on a mission to educate pastors and church workers to minister throughout Africa. Tanzania has a high rate of HIV/AIDS infection, and 62 percent of its people live below the poverty line. But Mafuja, principal of Nassa Theological College in Mwanza, Tanzania, sees the power of the gospel to change lives. 

If we want to experience Mark’s Gospel in its original form and medium, we need to listen to its sounds and imagine its events. Mark was a storyteller, and his Gospel was a script for a performance—not a text for silent reading.