Where would you expect to find a game show called “The American Bible Challenge”? This delightful program aired tonight on GSN, the Game Show Network. Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, the game pits three teams of three players each against each other in multifaceted format on Biblical topics. The big difference with this show? These teams aren’t playing for themselves; they’re playing to raise money for the charities or ministries they support.
The first round questions seemed like “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” meets “Jeopardy” with a spiritual twist. Topics include both Old and New Testament books and avoid being cliché. Teams had to buzz in for the chance to answer the question and earn points.
A clever twist introduced the “Faithbook” page, where competitors had to identify the recipient of a social networking-type message based on the sender and message content. Another phase presented six potential answers to a question with competitors challenged to identify the three that correctly applied. Yet another portion of the game asked contestants to identify whether a quotation came from “The Word of the Lord” or “The Lord of the Rings,” challenging their confidence of Biblical knowledge.
In the second round, each team had to play without their designated strongest player, who then competed solo on the third round.
Gospel choral arrangements bracket commercial breaks. Foxworthy, who can be acerbic under some circumstances, kept things fun and upbeat without being snide.
The third place team (The Gospel Geezers) earned $2,500 for their ministry, Samaritan’s Purse. The two remaining teams went head to head and The Suburban Saints earned $5,000 for City Crossroads, a Sacramento nonprofit. The winners, Team Minnie’s Pantry won $20,000 for their Plano, Texas food ministry and a chance to come back to compete against other winners in a tournament with a $100,000 prize.
Although the show is on pay TV, the website indicates that they will air videos of the complete episodes online. A free application on the site offers a chance to play the game yourself. The Salvation Army receives a donation for each free download.
The premiere episode was fast-paced and fun. This inspirational game show provides a great opportunity for family time. If they can maintain this pace and quality, the Game Show Network has a winner and the viewers get the prize of a spirit-filled hour!