Nothing quite like hanging with Mark Oestreicher and I recently got a chance to spend some virtual time with him recently discussing his new Ignite Bible for Junior Highers. I rattled off 6 rapid-fire questions and here are his answers:
1. What’s your weirdest memory from junior high?
MO: Probably my youth group’s “sex retreat,” which was not a retreat where we had sex, but a retreat where we learned about sex. Either that memory, or the time I blew a big handful of sneezing powder into a teacher’s face.
2. Why create another youth Bible? Aren’t there enough of them?
MO: I think they get dated. I know there’s one I general edited 15 years ago that is now perfect for pre-teens, but I would never give to a middle schooler. Teenagers change, and so should the resources we provide for them.
3. What’s unique about Ignite?
MO: A bunch! It’s not for all teenagers of any age: it was intentionally created to hit the spiritual and developmental realities of junior highers.
4. It’s in the NKJV version. Why?
MO: Well, the short answer is that it’s a Thomas Nelson Bible, and that’s their primary version. But I think I had a bit of an anti-NKJV bias before working on this project that probably had more to do with the KJV and my lack of knowledge about how the NKJV was created. Anyhow, the NKJV is the third most-used translation in the English language.
5. Did you have other junior high ministry experts who were part of creating Ignite with you?
MO: I sure did! Scott Rubin (the junior high pastor at WillowCreek), Brooklyn Lindsey (junior high pastor at Highland Park Nazarene in FL), Jeremy Lee (former JH pastor and founder of ParentMinistry.net), Crystal Kirgiss (Young Life leader and fantastic writer), and many others. We’re discounting it up to 44% on pre-orders of 10 or more copies. We’re really hoping we can help youth workers get it into the hands of a bunch of young teens!