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!