The Bible Society Australia launches online advent calendar in lead up to Christmas via Banjo

Inmate.jpgThe Bible Society Australia has recruited famous, and infamous, Australians in its new campaign "25 Days, 25 People, 25 words", to deliver the Christmas story to all Australians in a fresh and new way via Banjo Advertising.
The campaign features video bible readings that are delivered by a diverse group of Australians, all housed in a digital advent calendar.

magician.jpgThe unexpected twist in this are the types of people featured. The verses are being read by such figures as champion Boxer Anthony Mundine, Kings Cross nightclub promoter John Ibrahim, successful financier Mark Carnegie, Olympic swimmer Dawn Fraser, a bikie and a convicted murderer.
The intent behind the campaign is to encourage all Australians to engage with the Christmas story and the Bible Society with the hope of driving engagement through showing that Christmas is indeed for everyone.
To activate its members The Bible Society is sending out eDMs each day driving the recipient to the website to uncover the speaker and verse of the day. The campaign has already been a great success with 3 times the engagement of the previous campaign (25 words), all in the first four days.
To engage a wider audience, the Bible Society is literally putting bibles into the hands of everyday Australians. In each capital city, Bibles are being left in public spaces with bookmarks bearing the image of a controversial figure, creating intrigue. When a passer-by opens the Bible, the speaker's verse is highlighted, and the bookmark invites them to see more unexpected messages at

Says Greg Clarke, chief executive of the Bible Society: "The traditional advent calendar relies on anticipation to build engagement. Each day in the lead up to Christmas there's excitement as people wonder what is behind the door. Our approach here has been the same but, rather than relying on chocolates or a nativity scene, we're relying on the reading and the person delivering the reading as the hook to build engagement.

"We hope people who watch these videos will be compelled to share them."


Heyzuz said:

Uhhmm some of their best work?

M said:

You know, they don't women in Silverwater max for unpaid parking fines. And then John Ibrahim? Who are they going to have soapboxing for them next, Ivan Milat?

Jesus said:

This is nothing, you wait until you see my Easter campaign...!

J said:

So, the parts condoning stoning ppl to death and slavery are glossed over and the tales apparently should be viewed as metaphors rather than fact..

Shandy said:

Great idea getting convicted criminals, dryg pushers and murderers to spread the word of God.
I wonder if the cadvent calendar will reveal any sex offenders and peadophiles in the lead up...

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