Monday, March 8, 2010

dvd review: what's in the bible?

Veggie Tales creator, Phil Vischer has a goal: to take kids more deeply into the Bible. Through his new series, “What’s In the Bible?” he wants to answer three main questions: where did the Bible come from? What is it? What does it mean to our lives? He explains, “We need to do something that can take our kids deeper into the Word and make their faith real.” He sets out to achieve this through the use of fun songs, puppets, animation. Characters such as Buck Denver, Captain Pete, Sunday School Lady and Clive and Ian all offer their two cents as Phil explains the Bible. Even the theme song poses questions kids ponder (why be nice to each other? Are we alone in space? Why are we here?)

Episode 1 – In the Beginning
Each episode focuses on two “Big Questions.” In this episode, the question is “what is the Bible?” Kids offer their responses and then Phil gives his answer. The second question is “what’s the Bible about?” It’s filled with stories and when put together, it tells one story – the story of God and what He’s done for us. Captain Pete explains why some Bibles have more books than others (Catholic vs. Protestant).

The big words defined in this episode are epistles, Pentateuch, and testaments.

Episode 2 – Let My People Go
This episode begins with a short recap of the previous episode and then jumps into the first “Big Question” – who wrote the Bible? The second is “Who picked the books to be in the Bible?”

Phil answers the question, “how can we trust the books of the Bible when we don’t know who wrote them?” Because we believe God inspired the process. All great stories have a beginning, middle and end. The beginning answers the who and where. Beginning of a story usually ends with an event that changes the world for our characters. Middle of a story is where characters try to make things right - try to fix what was broken in the beginning. End is where we find out if the characters’ efforts worked - if they can make their world whole again. “We know the world is broken and doesn’t work quite right. The Bible tells us our story – the story of our world.”

The big words defined in this episode are inspire, primeval, canon, salvation and redemption.

“Popsicle Stick Theater” with Chester Whigget explains the story of Genesis. One thing Phil says is that there are some things about the Bible that we don’t have a way of knowing (for example, the exact age of the earth since people have different views on whether God created the earth in six earth days or if the days were longer). “Sometimes we don’t know…and that’s ok.”

For those familiar with Veggie Tales, you’ll find the style of humor to be similar. The pace moves quickly between puppet, Phil and singing. I think my favorite part of the episodes were the segments with Michael, a little boy (puppet) going to his grandmother’s house. After watching one episode, maybe you’ll agree with the puppet Agnes who says, “It’s more fun than American Idol.”

And I'm giving away the first and second episodes (thanks to Tyndale)! The contest will be open until Friday at midnight so to enter, reply to this post, telling me who'd you love to win the dvd for. Include your e-mail so I can get in touch with you to get your snail mail address :-)

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to share these DVD's with kids in our neighborhood. What a great way for my children to minister to their friends!