The Gospel Challenge Foundation promotes and supports the creation, production, and distribution of Scripture and literature that help people understand the message of God and the life he calls us to lead.
One-hundred percent of donations go to this work. The foundation is a public charity exempt from federal income tax as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to the organization are tax exempt to the fullest extent allowed by law.
One day in 2008, Rod Laughlin was standing in an airport bookstore looking for a book to read. He asked himself, "Why am I looking for something to read when I have a Bible in my briefcase?" The answer came quickly: "The Bible is hard to read."
He thought, "You’re a seminary graduate, a pastor, a Bible teacher! Why is it so hard to read?" He walked over to the how-to book section and started browsing. Unlike the Bible, all the books presented information in formats that made it easy to understand. On the plane, Rod wondered, “What would the Bible look like if God spoke through Moses, David, and Paul today?”
After he arrived home, Rod went through the Bible and identified over two-dozen categories of information, all presented in paragraph form. Now he had a new mission—to create a new Bible version that presents the original text and uses modern formatting to make it clear and easy to grasp.
Thirteen years later that mission is being fulfilled. The first edition of The Readable Bible is nearing completion, with expected release dates in 2022.
The Gospel Challenge Foundation was created by Rod Laughlin to fund the completion of The Readable Bible and the creation of new Bibles and literature that advance the gospel. Rod holds an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A former pastor and business owner, he is a long-time Bible teacher at his church.