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BSSB, NavPress to produce CD-ROM youth Bible studies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Baptist Sunday School Board is partnering with NavPress Software to publish its “StraighTrak” youth materials on CD-ROM, the first set of BSSB-produced Bible studies to be published on computer-readable media.
Used by more than 20,000 teens each week, “StraighTrak: Teen Bible Studies on Current Issues” cover “hot topics” confronting teenagers in their everyday lives, such as dating, sex, violence and the generation gap.
According to Wesley Black, associate professor of youth education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, “StraighTrak is great material for youth workers to use in a variety of settings: Wednesday nights, lock-ins, retreats, conferences or small group discussions.”
One reason for the product’s success is its involvement of youth in the development of the materials, Richard Barnes, manager of the youth biblical studies section at the Sunday School Board, said. “StraighTrak” development meetings are held four times a year at different locations across the United States, with youth ministers, youth workers, pastors, parents and teens all working together to create topics and lessons of interest to youth.
According to NavPress software developer Jim Sneeringer, “StraighTrak” on CD-ROM will combine “timely, youth-oriented resources with a state-of-the-art electronic library system.”
The initial release of 200 lessons (volumes 1-20) will be available this summer and are being published in the Bible industry-standard STEP format, an acronym for Software Template for Electronic Publishing.
The cost of StraighTrak on CD-ROM, available for use with Windows 95 or Windows 3.1, is $69.95. The product can be purchased at Baptist Book Stores, selected Christian retailers and through the Austin-Texas based NavPress Software company.

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