When Jesus fed the masses, how many baskets of leftover food were there?
If you know the answer is one dozen, then the new quiz show “The American Bible Challenge” could keep you inside and in front of your television as summer turns to fall.
The show, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, will begin airing at 8 p.m. Thursdays on Aug. 23. Eighteen teams of three people each will compete to win money for a designated charity by answering questions about the Bible.
The production team held tryouts in May and June in Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif., Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas looking for people with
“competitive spirits, great personal testimonies, a familiarity with pop culture — and, of course, an awesome knowledge of the Bible,” according to a press release issued by Game Show Network.
No contestants are from Maine, but the teams include LA firefighters, women from the drama team at a Sacramento church and multiple generations of families. The contest will begin with three teams in each of the first six episodes, according to information on the GSN website. The winning teams will advance to two semifinal games, then on to a championship round.
Minnie’s Food Pantry, the team from Plano, Texas, is made up of Lanett Patt, a stay-at-home mom, Cheryl Jackson, president of the food pantry, and Lynette Shofner, a small-business owner. The pantry provides health food for families in need. It is named after the mother of Patt and Jackson, who are sisters.
Team Gospel Geezers is made up of longtime friends Roger Tench, a retired fire captain, Bill Henderson, a realtor, and Chris Kidd, a nuclear security maintenance specialist, according to information on the show’s website. The Charlotte, N.C., residents will be competing for Samaritan’s Purse, the Rev. Franklin Graham ministry that provides relief after global disasters.
“Each of these longtime friends has been saved for decades and has found his faith put into play in different ways,” according to information about the team on the website. “From the time Roger’s wife was diagnosed with cancer to the time when Bill helped his community during the housing crisis by selling homes for no charge.”
The website for the show features sample quizzes and short videos uploaded weekly of Foxworthy taking about the Scripture. In the one dated Aug. 3, he answers the question: “What is the most important lesson from the Bible?”
“It’s when Jesus is walking to the garden after the last supper and he says if you only remember one thing I’ve taught you, remember this, ‘Love one another as I have loved you,’” Foxworthy said.
“I think as Christians, that is probably an area we fail at a lot,” he continued. “We don’t just love on people.”
For more information, visit http://gsntv.com/shows/the-american-bible-challenge/.