|KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- I recently viewed the pilot episode of GSN's new series "The American Bible Challenge," an original one-hour game show hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. It premieres Thursday (Aug. 23) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Now, I've only seen one episode, so I may be putting myself out of a limb by declaring that this is the best game show since "Jeopardy." But I'll give you a few reasons why this show holds great promise.
First, I must confess, I'm not really a fan of those game shows where people come on down, bouncing around as if they had just discovered the cure for the common cold. My first reaction to such jubilation is always, "Calm down. Breathe. Get a life." But I admit that there have been quiz shows throughout the years that caught my imagination: "Password," "Match Game," and the aforementioned "Jeopardy," just to name a few. I immediately became interested in this new series once I realized that the star of the program was to be the Bible. How cool is that?
The contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Utilizing current pop culture as well as historical references, questions are drawn from both the Old and New Testaments. And get this: the contestants aren't playing for their own reward, but for others. The money they win goes to their favorite charities.
I'm a fervent believer that we Christians should spend more time in Bible study than in front of the tube. But here's an opportunity where we can be entertained by TV and learn about the Bible at the same time.
As I watched the pilot episode, I quickly found myself enjoying every aspect of the program.
1. This is the first show on a non-Christian cable network that offers the Bible as the focal point of the program.
2. The contestants are playing for a church or charity. Continued...