Wisecracking vegetables in the number-one-selling children's video in America, Veggie Tales, are reinterpreting the Old Testament story of Esther. Populated by moralizing computer-animated vegetables, Veggie Tales has generated 28.5 million tapes since 1993. The parable of the Good Samaritan is recast with vegetables that wear shoes on their heads as enemies of those that wear pots on their heads. Instead of David and Goliath, an asparagus fights a gigantic pickle. In one video, Nebby K. Nezzer builds a 90-foot chocolate bunny everyone must worship.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.