Sunday, March 7, 2010
What's In The Bible? - FREE Giveaway
Kids today consume a staggering five hours of media each day, and may spend about one hour a week in church. Seven out of ten American adults believe kids receive inadequate spiritual instruction. For conservative Christians, the number rises to nine out of ten. It’s no wonder the Church is so biblically illiterate:
• 64% of Americans said they did not read the Bible because they are too busy.
• In a report on America’s religious illiteracy, USA Today reported that 50% of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were married.
• A 2000 study showed that 60% of evangelical Christians believed that Jesus was born in Jerusalem rather than Bethlehem.
• Only half of American adults can name even one of the four Gospels
Phil’s series, What’s In the Bible?, is part of the solution to the problem of biblical illiteracy. This 13-part DVD series will take you through the entire Bible—Genesis through Revelation—in a format that provides a biblical education for kids. The first two DVDs, In the Beginning and Let my People Go, will take you and your kids through Genesis and Exodus through hilarious new characters, catchy songs, and engaging animation.
I'll admit it. I am a Veggie Tales fan. I was a Veggie Tales fan before I ever had children. That crazy Bob and Larry just cracked me up. When Little Guy arrived on the scene, it gave me a valid reason to start watching them in public.
I immediately made time in my schedule to sit down and watch this new series made by Phil Vischer. I asked the boys if they wanted to watch and help me review What's In The Bible? put out by Tyndale Publishing.
This is NOTHING like the Veggie Tales (which isn't bad), but if you are familiar with the JellyTelly you will rcognize the look and characters.
The first two episodes of "What's in the Bible?" were included for review. We started with the first episode, "In The Beginning" (that is a good place to start). One of the issues that they addressed in this episode was the seven days of creation. Phil Vischer, who acts as narrator of the series, explained the concept of "day" in the Bible. He stated that Christians disagreed on this concept. (He is right.) However, when he stated that from "the Big Bang to Adam and Eve we aren't sure if it is a literal 24 hours", all my red flags went up. I think Phil Vischer told me all I needed to know in that one statement. Why? Jesus himself has made it VERY clear himself in Scripture that He created the heavens in 7 days. Don't believe it? You can find it here: John 5:45-47, Exodus 20:11, John 1:1-3.
This episode also covers redemption and sin. He does a good job of explaining how sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. He does a good job of explaining sin. Then he introduces the words "patriarchal history". It was at this point that the boys said, "We are done."
Can you tell I am disappointed? I wanted this to be AMAZING! I was prepared to take this to our children's pastor. To buy it for my nieces and nephew. Phil and I agree on one thing. Our kids are not being taught enough at church. They are leaving church as they reaching high school and college age because they are not equipped and do not know enough about the Bible. A project like this is needed. I think Phil so desperately thought it was needed that he tried to cram too much into each episode and some of it is way over children's heads.
What did Phil miss? The basic truth that Henrietta Mears, arguably the most famous Sunday School teacher and portrayed as one of the puppet characters in this series, would remind us all of: God said it. I believe it. That is good enough for me.
HOWEVER, because Tyndale generous offered these first two DVD's free to one of my readers, I would love to have YOUR perspective on the first two episodes. If you are interested in receiving these DVD's please leave a note and I will pick someone and mail you the redemption coupons later this week.
These DVDs were provided for review by Tyndale House Publishers.