About

A lot of the Bible stories and verses we think we know, we don't! When We Understand the Text is an online video ministry that desires to promote sound Bible teaching while also exposing many of the myths and false ideas that have arisen from bad teaching. The Bible tells us to rightly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). The Apostle Peter said that the ignorant and unstable will twist the Scriptures to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16). So it's pretty important to get it right.

WWUTT came about after Pastor Gabriel Hughes got frustrated with some of the bad teaching videos and memes on social media. Members of our church encouraged him to come up with something better, and after throwing around some different ideas, When We Understand the Text was born.

This is a free video and podcast ministry, and as a free ministry, you are free to use these videos in whatever capacity for the purpose of sharing the gospel and promoting the sound teaching of God's word. Do you wish to show them in church? Youth group? A Bible study? Then do it! You already have our permission. All of our videos use content available in the public domain.

The videos speak for themselves, but if you'd like to know more about our church and the doctrines we teach, click on the tab labeled "Church." If you have a testimony to share about how these videos have made a difference for you or someone you know, then we want to hear your story! Feel free to offer suggestions for future topics, or ask for any clarification on videos that we have made. E-mail whenweunderstandthetext@gmail.com.

This all about advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church is the instrument that God has established to be "a pillar and buttress of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). We encourage you to be a part of a local, God-fearing, gospel-proclaiming church. We are to know the Word of God, respond to it, and handle it rightly -- when we understand the text!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you come up with the subjects for your videos?
The first place we get our ideas is our own church congregation. Second, we get our ideas from you! Your questions and recommendations regarding future videos is always appreciated. Third, we also get our ideas from other teachers, including false ones. Whenever a faithful minister of the word addresses a particular subject, or a false minister teaches incorrectly on a subject, that has inspired videos as well.

Who writes the scripts for the videos?
Pastor Gabe is the primary architect of all content. But scripts are often approved by fellow elders or teachers before going to production. At times, he's also e-mailed scripts to other well-known ministries for advice (because we have not asked those ministries permission to use their names, they will remain unmentioned). We've also had guest writers like Adam4d, and idea-makers like Wretched.tv. Special thanks also to Sweet Publishing whose Bible story art has appeared in some of our videos.

How long does it take to produce a video?
The writing of the script has varied from a few minutes to a few months. Once the audio for a script is recorded, creating the video can take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. When the video is completed, it is not reviewed (since that was already done during the scripting process). It is uploaded straight to YouTube.

Do you have DVDs of your videos?
Not at the present time.

Can I make a DVD of your videos?
Yes! As long as you promise you're not selling them for profit or altering the videos in any way, you are welcome to download the videos yourself and put them on DVD to distribute them to a church, youth group, or for any kind of ministry use. Would you do us a favor though and e-mail us to let us know how you used the videos? We like to hear how our videos are being put to use, and sometimes read those letters in front of our church.

Can I translate your videos into Spanish (or any other language)?
You are welcome to translate the videos with subtitles, but we'd like to ask, at least for now, that you not try to replace the audio on the videos without permission.

Are your videos copyrighted?
Yes.

Can I use your videos in my church? Youth group? On my podcast?
Yes! That's what we made them for. They are free for you to use. As our ministry operates out of a small, local church, we are not out for profit, desiring only to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. As long as you promise also to not profit from our videos, you are free to use them for ministry. We keep the videos commercial-free so to make them as ministry-friendly as possible.

What is your statement of beliefs?
You can find it on our church's website here.

Why don't you allow comments on your videos?
We allowed comments in the beginning, and the results were pretty bad. If you want to see evidence of the depravity of man, look through the comments section of any popular YouTube video. But even if YouTube was better about screening their content, we still probably wouldn't allow comments. We want you to watch our videos, be still, and think about what's being said -- without feeling like you have to express your immediate opinion about it, and everyone else needs to see that opinion. If after you've prayed and read your Bible, you still want to talk, please e-mail us! We would love to hear your thoughts.

I sent you an e-mail / tweet / Facebook message, and haven't received a reply. What gives?
Because of the high volume of messages we receive, sometimes they don't all get responded to. We apologize. Those who manage our social media accounts are volunteers who come and go. The best way to get a hold of us is still by e-mail. You're most likely to receive a response that way, and it's usually Pastor Gabe who replies. E-mail whenweunderstandthetext@gmail.com.

What kind of studio equipment do you use to produce such great audio?
Pastor Gabe uses the Audio Technica AT2020 condenser microphone. He recommends that you not use the USB version but that you go through a USB mixer with phantom power. Mixers that he's used have varied, but he is presently using the Yamaha MG10XU. You should also purchase a windscreen or a pop filter. The audio software he uses is Adobe Audition, but Audacity is also a good free software.

What program do you use to create your videos?
Pastor Gabe is a PC guy, and the program he creates his videos with is Cyberlink Power Director. Every WWUTT video has been created with that software.