Several years ago James Smart wrote a book called The Strange Silence of the Bible in the Church, which is becoming more silent every year. Gallup polls and surveys by George Barna and others document a growing biblical illiteracy in North America. Stephen Prothero, in his book Biblical Literacy, quotes an author who said, “The Bible is the greatest story never read.” Christian educators can no longer assume that their congregations understand either the Bible or the history, beliefs and practices of Christianity. One way to correct this would be for churches to teach What's Christianity All About? Doing so will give church members a foundational understanding of the Bible and Christianity and equip them to share their faith with others and raise their children in “the ways of the Lord.”
What’s Christianity All About? is a curriculum course with a 250-page book, a DVD with interpretive videos on each of the book’s 10 chapters, and a 24-page discussion guide. It can be used on Sunday mornings, as a midweek Bible study, and for new member classes and small groups.
The videos are 7-8 minutes in length. They were filmed in a coffee shop, on a bridge over the Mississippi River, in an art museum, on a horse farm, in a potter’s studio and five other locations. They are fast-paced, very creative and speak to Christians of all ages.
“What’s Christianity All About? provides a good overview of the Bible and the biblical story, offers a brief sketch of the history of Christianity, sets forth important Christian beliefs, suggests ways for Christians to deepen their faith, and offers some guidelines for Christian living. For those serious about Christianity and the desire to understand it better, this book is a good place to begin.”
— N.T. Wright
John Schwarz is the author of the book: John is a theologically trained layman who has a passion for equipping Christians to know and live their faith.
Pastor Joel Quie is the host and writer for the ten video vignettes. Joel is pastor of
Prairie Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie Minnesota, a large congregation that has grown substantially under his leadership.