What has been your experience with PRS?
Several years ago, we started listening to PRS once a week together as a staff team at the Theology of Work Project (TOW). Following the reading, we would discuss what themes emerged for us during our listening.
What have you learned?
We got benefits from reading along to the dramatic Bible recordings. We also learned a lot about each other during the discussions. It was fascinating to hear how we each took different themes from the PRS passages. Work-related problems would often come up as we discussed the reading. PRS offered a fresh opportunity to review our work in the context of Scripture.
Have you had an “a-ha” moment?
As someone who writes about the Bible professionally, I thought I read the Bible a lot, and I knew it well. And I did – I could cite key chapters and phrases and pontificate well on the themes in The Bible. But what I did not have in my life was a profound experience of the Bible. Listening to PRS gave me this intimate experience.
Listening to the Bible through PRS has given me more patience with myself, my understanding or lack of understanding of the Bible, and The Bible itself.
How has PRS benefited you and TOW?
At the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, we decided to bring this experience to our users – the people who access our website. We shared a program TOW developed with Faith in Financial Services, pairing PRS with the TOW commentary on the passage. We launched a series of open PRS sessions, advertised on our website, where people could log in, listen to PRS, and discuss it together. People from all over the world participated. They all had engaged with the Theology of Work materials but never met in person. Together in a zoom room, they listened to the Bible and then talked about their work.
This success led TOW to partner with The Public Reading of Scripture to produce PRS.work one-click videos. Our prayer is to bring PRS.work to Christian groups across industry affiliations.