I’m a little bit hoarse …

… because I spent four hours in a room with an 80 year-old Sunday School teacher. Well, okay, she’s a puppet. Named Sunday School Lady. I’m filming scenes for the third “What’s in the Bible?” DVD, and I had to cover about 20 pages of script with Sunday School Lady yesterday, which left me a little hoarse. (It’d be more fun if it left me with a little horse, but it never works out that way.)

The third DVD was a real challenge to write, because it covers Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Whee! What fun! No wonder we tend to skip those books when we write Sunday School lessons. (“Let’s see… we’re done with the exodus – what’s next? Jesus!”) But we managed to write through them, and it’s interesting stuff! Three different animators are hard at work on the animated portions, and I’m locked away in the studio with the puppets. The original songs are produced and done, just waiting for the puppets to lip-sync their way through them like Milli Vanilli (who were also puppets, weren’t they?).

When you start out by saying, “We’re going to walk your kids ALL the way through the Bible!” it doesn’t really dawn on you at the time that you’ve just committed to walking kids ALL the way through the Bible. Even the hard parts. Even Leviticus, for heaven sake! But so we are, and so we shall! And we’ll all learn a thing or two in the process! (Yes, even me. I confess I hadn’t spent a ton of time in the book of Leviticus – until now. Leviticus and I have become very well acquainted. First name basis.)

This third DVD will be in stores this summer, with the fourth coming in the Fall. We’re flying!

Well, I need to drink some tea and get back in the studio… it’s “Clive and Ian” day. (Ian is convinced the “Levites” are the folks who make his blue jeans. Clive has to set him straight on that one.)

Only 3 weeks until launch time! Stay tuned for more news…

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Amber Anderson
Amber Anderson

I can NOT wait for the THIRD disc..... I mean... for my kids.... uh- THEY can't wait. Ahem. I want to study Leviticus now. Just to see what all the hype is. And Jael and the tent peg? I say just go FOR IT. Peg 'em. It's no worse than the secular trash that's on TV now. My nephew (age 7) watches gory movies and plays gory video games often. Ok. Maybe save the tent-pegging for another "BIG IDEA". But hey. That IS a good idea isn't it? Something rated PG-13 for "Harsh Truth" from the Word. Thanks Phil. I imagine the road to where you are now wasn't easy getting to. Glad you GPS'd it. ;-) Keep on truckin down the narrow.

Matt
Matt

I just watched disc 1 today. I'm excited beyond belief!!! ...Downright giddy. Phil, you're a genius. I'm deeply grateful for all you're doing for kids.

Jolanthe
Jolanthe

Can't wait to see how you all are going to cover those three books! :) You've done an amazing job so far and I'm SURE it will be equally as great! Jolanthe

Dawn
Dawn

This is a truly exciting project, I can't wait to review it in my blog! I must say though that I do not envy you going through some of the books... Leviticus is a real cracker, just for sheer info overload, but what about Judges?? HA! how to delicately handle Jael and the tent peg, Ehud v. King Eglon, and how about the Levite's concubine??? But kudos. Hermeneutics for children-- great stuff!

Tiffani
Tiffani

I cannot wait for this!!!! As a homeschooling Mama, it's hard to find a Bible tool to teach my children without it being boring and cumbersome or too fluffy. This looks like the perfect thing for my children to hide the Word in their hearts!!! Way to go, Phil (and team)!!

Janet Landwehr
Janet Landwehr

As I've said since 1st hearing about this GRAND NEW ADVENTURE ... I too am equally stoked. A few years back I started a Gen-Rev curriculum because I too felt like the kids needed to hear about the whole Bible even the tough stories. So as always I applaud you and what God is doing through you and your staff.

Wade
Wade

Thank you, Phil! As a parent of a sharp, highly inquisitive 4 year old, who turns every sunday school song into a theology lesson ("but, Daddy, WHY is there nothing my God cannot do?") and a 2 year old sister that seems to be taken from the same mold as her older brother, I am VERY excited about this series. My son was/is really in to They Might Be Giants and their Here Come the 123s and Here Come the ABC's videos and CDs, but when "Here Comes Science" came out with a song that says believing in angels is the same as believing in unicorns and leprechauns, we swore them off (the 123s and ABCs ones are still good though). This series looks to do for the Bible what those did for the alphabet and numbers. Huzzah!

Amber Lappin
Amber Lappin

so so so excited to see how you do it- especially the minor prophets... oh! and Job! *eek* But what you've done is so far absolutely unbelievable. seriously unbelievable... pretty sure God'll take care of those 'tough' books too.