The Fabulous Bentley Brothers

According to Christ, the kingdom of heaven belongs to two groups of people: little children, and those few crazy adults who are willing to “turn and become like children” (Matt 18:1ff).  Everyone agrees that children need to spend time with adults, but do we as adults understand how much we need to spend time with children?  We have much to learn–and in our quest to grow younger, why not consult the experts?

Unfortunately, for college and graduate students (and especially us single folk), it’s all too easy to forget about children.  It’s not every day you see kids scamper across campus or through the library, and if you aren’t an education major, you just aren’t going to be seeing or even thinking about them with any notable frequency.  Though my life is abundantly rich in many regards, I am yet a penniless pauper when it comes to time spent interacting with children.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the book of Proverbs, it is that children’s ministry is an indispensable and inestimably valuable aspect of the work of God’s people.  While perhaps not every Christian is called to serve extensively in this regard outside of their respective homes (a ministry not to be underestimated!), I am always gladdened to find people who are both gifted and passionate in bringing the Word of God to children.  The other day, I was linked to a video clip from a project called What’s in the Bible?, a delightful new Christian education series for kids.  From the website:

In 1990, 24-year-old computer-animator Phil Vischer sat down to create a group of characters that could teach Christian values to kids in a delightfully different way.  A tomato named Bob and a cucumber named Larry were born.  VeggieTales would go on to revolutionize Christian filmmaking, selling more than 50 million videos and placing Phil’s faith-filled stories in one in every three American households with young children.  Phil continues to pursue innovative new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his new company, Jellyfish Labs.  His projects include Jelly Telly, which provides faith-based daily programming via the internet at JellyTelly.com.

…What’s in the Bible? is a new DVD series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer designed to walk kids and families through the entire Bible. DVDs 1-5 (Genesis – 2 Samuel) are available now, with more releasing soon!

To get a flavor for the series, here are a couple videos of The Fabulous Bentley Brothers, a musical duo who sing songs about books of the Old Testament.  Played by YouTube-turned-television sensations Rhett and Link, the brothers combine biblical history with a charming goofiness that both entertains viewers and encourages them to investigate the Scriptures themselves.

So without further ado, enjoy the musical stylings of the Fabulous Bentley Brothers!

If you want to see even more musical merriment, simply search YouTube for the Fabulous Bentley Brothers!  You may even learn a thing or two!

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What Makes Me What I Am

The other day I stumbled across a copy of the essay I had to write for my seminary application.  Part of that essay prompted me to give a “comprehensive account” of my “relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Given the size constraints of the essay, I was not allowed to mail them a Bible for my answer.  (I think that might also have been considered plagiarism.)  So, instead, I scratched out the paragraph below.  When I found this the other day, I was stirred anew by the truths I had been asked to recount, and I thought maybe we might enjoy being truth-stirred together.  I think maybe that’s what the Church is all about.

I believe that Jesus is the promised Christ, the Son of God, and I trust him as my Savior and Lord.  Though I share in the guilt of Adam, my original representative, and though my natural self is totally depraved such that I would never have chosen to embrace God by my own will, the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ (who is the second Adam and my new representative) has paid the full penalty for all my sins, satisfied the wrath of God toward me, drawn me to repentance from my sins, given me newness of life through the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit, and reconciled me to the Father through adoption into his family.  Furthermore, Christ is the sovereign Lord over all things as their Creator and their rightful object of worship and service.  In his goodness, he has crafted man in such a manner that submission to his will and obedience to his commands are the only path to fulfillment in life as they better fit us to enjoy him.  The good works achieved through me are not my own, but rather the work of Christ in me, performed as a thankful response to his abundant love.  Indeed, every aspect of my relationship to Jesus–my regeneration, justification, adoption, and ongoing sanctification–is a gift of grace from the hand of God, received solely by faith in Christ Jesus the Savior and Lord.  Because of these gifts, the way has been opened for me to partake in genuine fellowship with God and with his body, the church, which is a constitutive part of my life in Christ and is my true family in this world.