I am what you might call a skeptic when it comes to so much of what is pushed out in the name of the Christian Faith. Every concert, every song, book, new Bible translation, trinket, etc…it’s all billed as a new move of God and a sure blessing. More likely it is a new marketing tool built to generate sales so these organizations can do business…their business just happens to be selling, Jesus.

http://www.eventimagecenter.com/300x180/JeffFoxworthy300.jpgSo when a friend told me that Jeff Foxworthy was going to be hosting a Bible Trivia Game on the Game Show Network was going to be presenting The American Bible Challenge, the thought of it made my stomach turn quicker than the time a journalist called Joel Osteen a “Biblical Scholar” or when I overheard a guy say “Kenneth Copeland preaches as close to Jesus as anyone” he had ever heard. You get my point our culture has a rather careless reputation for the way it handles God’s word.

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So since I do not own a TV and since I did not find out about the program until the day after it had aired, leaving me no opportunity to go to a friends house to watch it, I did some looking up on it on the ultimate research resource…the internet (sarcasm implied).

I decided to start with the Game Show Network website official page for the program. They offered A LOT of pre-program promotional materials, similar to what a lot of the Christian movie producers do when they have a new flick they want to promote in the temple. Lots of videos and opportunities for you to promote the program to people who read your blog, visit your website as well as materials to print and share. The marketing team, knows what they are doing.

The show is created by the same people who presented the ABC Home Makeover for several years so they are used to delivering an emotional punch with a topic, obviously because the word of God deals with the entire range of our human experience this will come into play.

I reviewed all the teams and they have some strong stories in the the teams, good testimonies and some great causes to help these believers be the hands and feet of Christ to others. Any money that is won in this Biblical trivia program is raised for a non-profit organization, some large some small. The one I saw that sort of made me scratch my head was “the power team” who has been doing strength fetes since Jesus was a baby…they have an in school program that they promote to reach kids for Christ. I have not seen them for years but, they used to be on TBN and any association with TBN usually means something smelly and dark is around the corner…of course, that is just my opinion.

Jeff Foxworthy is the host and while I have never been a fan of his comedy, he has always come across as a genuinely nice and humble sort of guy. From everything I saw online, he does a really good job. One thing that is refreshing about this as opposed to religious game shows I have seen in the past is that they have fun, treat the subject with respect without “hyper-apiritualizing” it…it is THE BIBLE…it say what it says, no need to try to say more things to make it say more.

Overall I think the program looks like a lot of fun and it looks to be something where families can sit down together similar to when Who Wants To Be A Millionaire came out and play the game.

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I read a little while ago that the The American Bible Challenge delivered the highest rating the Game Show Network has ever experienced for any program. Will it continue? What impact will this ultimately have on the way Americans view and read our Bibles? Is this something to be encouraged by or simply another bit of marketing a product? I don’t know the answers to those, I do plan on finding an episode online and watching it to see if how sharp my knowledge of the Bible is. If you are not satisfied with watching the program on tv or internet you can actually PLAY the game through their APP

You may also be interested in reading this article from the Washington Post by Hank Stuever