Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Phil Vischer presents What's in the Bible? -- A Review

     Phil Vischer of VeggieTales fame has created a new series that is loads of fun with a heavy dose of theology -- all for kids.  What's in the Bible? uses live animation and puppets to combine good, solid Bible teaching and storytelling in a quirky, silly, fun way that appeals to adults and kids alike.  These DVDs are designed to survey the entire Bible from beginning to end. Volumes 1-7, In the Beginning (Genesis) through Exile and Return (Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther), have been released so far.
     The cast of characters include:  Chuckwagon, the singing cowboy, The Sunday School Lady who is NOT as old as the OLD testament, Michael, the kid in the car watching the DVD (‎"I’ve got a question! Why are they called 'testa-mints?' Do they give you fresh breath? Because I licked one and it didn’t work." -Michael, age 8), Brother Louie, Buck Denver, 2 old ladies who remind you of the old guys on the Muppet Show, and many more.  Every character, from my understanding, is performed by Phil Vischer himself.
     Two of my favorite special segments include:  the Pirates Guide to Church History -- you know about Jesus and Billy Graham; well, the pirate fills in the stories in the middle, and the Popsicle Stick Theater -- where God is a cloud because a heart makes God look like a Valentine and fire is too scary.
    According to the very first segment on Volume 1, the Bible tells the story of God and what He's done for us, making the Bible the world's most important book.  From that point on, Phil takes two things very seriously:  teaching children Bible truths and having loads of laughs.
     Just so you can have a taste of what these videos are like, Volume 1:  In the Beginning, answers the following questions:  

*Why do Orthodox and Catholic Bibles have more books than the Protestant Bible?
*What does inspired mean?
*How can we trust the books of the Bible if we don't know who wrote them?  (Because God inspired the process AND the writing)
*How old is the Earth?  Who is right?  ("We don't know, and sometimes that's ok.  The Book of Genesis wasn't written to tell us the HOW of creation but the WHO of creation. 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.'" -- Phil Vischer)
*What is sin?
*Why didn't God just change the rules so Adam and Eve could be with Him again?

     These are just a few of the questions that get answered in 25 minutes, but the real kicker is that you will hear the answers to these tough questions while giggling and cracking up at the puppet's antics.  I can't think of a better way to learn what's in the Bible, can you?

     To learn more, visit whatsinthebible.com.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Jenny! I had been seeing ads for these videos and wondered if Phil Vischer had hit another home run. Looks like he did. An abundance of talent in just one man.