Over the last few years, I have come across some great resources for families, churches, small groups, mentoring, or self-study.
Introducing: What's in the Bible
"Buck Denver Asks ... What’s in the Bible? is the 13-DVD series from VeggieTales(R) creator Phil Vischer. In his first new project since VeggieTales, Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents!) the story of the Bible – God’s great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this ground breaking new Bible DVD series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story. Vischer’s signature wit shines through with his all-new cast of characters, fast-paced flash animation, and catchy tunes. This is one journey through the Bible you won't want to miss!" (WITB website)
My boys really enjoy watching these DVD's. We don't buy a whole lot of stuff for our kids, but this was one investment we are definitely not regretting. Both boys really enjoy the information delivered in a typical quirky 'Vischer' manner. They love the Fabulous Bentley Brothers with their brilliant lyrics and fun videos.
What I love is that these DVD's don't avoid the hard bits of the Bible. They even teach about Songs of Solomon, and they do it so well. They ask hard questions; Who wrote the Bible? How can we trust the Bible? What is a prophet? What is the cycle of Apostasy? What is Primeval history? What is a patriarch? What is Salvation? What does Holy mean? Why did God let the Israelites kill so many people?
Some of these questions may appear to be a little lover children's comprehension, but the way they are presented, children are able to understand and retain this knowledge. Why is that important? I believe, as our children grow and seek more of God for themselves, foundational teachings of the Bible will be important as they ask the tricky questions regarding their faith and continue on the journey to deepen their faith in personal relationship.