Well, What's in the Bible episodes 1 & 2 are officially out now, and we're having fun reading some of the early reviews. This is a really cute one that a dad blogger wrote with his kids… check it out here.
I got to show the entire first DVD (nearly an hour long in total) at the Assemblies of God National Children's Ministry Conference last week in St. Louis, and the response was really good. They all seemed very excited about working something like WITB (our internal "code" for the series) into their churches – perhaps even holding events where an entire church body comes together to watch them, which I think would be really awesome. When I was in High School our church rented Dr. Dobson's original parenting series on 16mm film and watched it over a series of evenings as an entire congregation. The films were just Dr. Dobson standing behind a podium talking about parenting, but the experience of watching them all together was really fun and very different from normal church life.
I'd love to hear how WITB might work in that same setting. Anyone want to try making all-church viewing parties out of the first WITB films as a "research" project? If you do, be sure to report back to us and tell us how it went! We've separated all the ages in churches in the same way that cable networks separate families in their homes – kids go in this room, mom goes in this room, dad in this room. The "communal experience" is nearly lost. It was one of my goals for WITB from the very beginning to see if we could make something that everyone could enjoy – and learn from – together. Kids will retain what they've learned in church much better if their parents have learned the same things at the same time. "A family that learns together…" um… not sure how that's supposed to end. Point being, let's try this out! See if you can create an all-church event to watch WITB #1 and then let us know how it goes!
We're wrapping WITB number 3 this week, then I need to jump into number 4! Onward and upward!
That sounds like an awesome idea! I would love to try something like this at my church, but I’m still waiting to receive the initial free testing copy that I was supposed to get. I may just have to go out and buy copy and just give away the free one if I ever get it. Keep it up Phil!
Looking forward to watching this!
Although you do realize your shortened acronym WITB takes longer to say than, ‘What’s in the Bible’.
Love your work.
I’m so excited for you!
Trying to read as many reviews as possible!
Is Number Three about Leviticus, Numbers, AND Deuteronomy?
When will they hit stores?
Once again, despite my own first DVD being released this month, I’m more excited about “What’s In The Bible?” (But I’m not telling complete strangers to buy your’s– sorry!)
Keep up the good work Jellies!
This was my 34th birthday, and WITB Vol 1 was my b-day present. As I mentioned in a previous (but same-day) post, my kids (6,4 & 2) bought me this. Amazing DVD series, and taught me stuff I didn’t know about the Bible- and I’m, as my kids point out, “OLD”!
We laughed so hard watching this that I snuck out & bought the 2nd one when they weren’t looking…okay, so they were watching the first one for the second time on our DVD player.
But given that all the songs are stuck in our heads, that my son and elder daughter had a spirited discussion about cannons, canons and ponies, and that I’ve had to corral my kids to keep them from running out to look for wet cement so they can all be turned into statues of “rhinoceroses”, I’d say it was well worth it. Only problem is the same one I had with Veggie Tales back in 1993-4…waiting AGES for the next one to come out!
How do you pronounce witb? I’m guessing wit-bu (short u sound)
Pronouce it Wit-bee. It’s kind of like Kotb.
Just bought WITB vol. 1 last week, and my 4 year old LOVES it, and so do I. My daughter asks to watch it every day! I woke up this morning with “Do you know what’s in the Bible…” going through my head. Lots of fun, and I would think it would span a lot of age groups. My husband is about to finish his M.Div. and he loves it, too!! Great handling of the creation question – “not the how of creation but the who”. Great, sound teaching. Love it, love it, love it!!! GREAT work! Thank you!!
So your videos don’t require a public performance license to be shown to large groups?? if so that would be completely awesome! I think a lot of churches would like to show to large groups as long as they knew they weren’t violating copyright law.
My youth group LOVED the First What in the Bible? DVD….We will be starting the second one soon ….We watch them on Sunday Night for our youth meeting….. We will be waiting ….to purchase each new one….THANKS for a great way to teach children about the Bible.