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Producers of "The American Bible Challenge" TV game show have teamed up with the popular Bible App by YouVersion to provide polling data, study and reference for teams for the show's second season.
Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, the GSN entertainment company show features three teams being tested for their Bible knowledge and winning money for their favorite charities. Joining the show for the second season as musical co-host is nine-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin who leads the show's gospel choir.
YouVersion draws upon its vast community to provide the polling data for a new show challenge focused on Bible interpretation. In this segment, contestants are asked to correctly estimate how people responded to questions about Bible passages or what they would do in similar situations. As well, when the teams prepare for their intense final round, they'll rely on the Bible App for study and reference. The Bible App offers over 400 versions of the Bible in more than 200 languages.
Additionally, YouVersion's Bible App is the official app host of the entire daily line-up of the show's new "American Bible Challenge Bible Study." This devotional features prominent figures such as Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Kingsbury as they share their favorite passages – along with what God's Word has meant in their lives. "The American Bible Challenge Bible Study" will cover topics such as love, forgiveness, prayer, acceptance, character, anxiety, courage and the Bible itself. The curriculum for "The American Bible Challenge Bible Study" was written in conjunction with American Bible Society.
With the Bible App by YouVersion users can access tools like bookmarks, notes, highlights, hundreds of reading plans, and more. Everything a user adds is automatically synced across any device you use. Content can be accessed online at bible.com.
Providing an entertaining mix of pop culture and questions about the best-selling book of all time, the show pits teams who are playing for charity against one another in tournament play, with a finale that awards $100,000 to the charity of the championship team. "The American Bible Challenge" premiered on Aug. 23, 2012, to critical acclaim and record-setting ratings. The premiere garnered GSN's highest delivery in its 18-year history with 1.7 million total viewers for its series premiere and over 13 million total viewers during its run.
The Bible App by YouVersion – among the first 200 apps offered as part of Apple's app store – is recognized by Appsfire as the #3 and #9 Best App of All Time for iPad and iPhone, respectively. For three years in a row, the app has been ranked in the top 100 free apps on Apple's "Best of" list.
Pastor Bobby Gruenewald came up with the idea of using technology to make the Bible more accessible while waiting in an airport security line. Before his plane departed, he'd already registered the domain name. When Apple's app store launched in July 2008, Gruenewald hoped for 80,000 downloads in the first six months – a number surpassed in the first weekend. To date, readers have clocked over 45 billion minutes of Bible-reading time. Today, the Bible App has 20+ full-time employees along with several hundred volunteers providing support for virtually every mobile device. To download the app, visit www.bible.com
YouVersion is a ministry of LifeChurch.tv, a multi-site church based in Oklahoma. Meeting in 15 different physical locations and globally online, the church is devoted to helping people around the world become fully devoted followers of Christ.
"The American Bible Challenge" is produced by RelativityREAL for GSN, with RelativityREAL's Tom Forman ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") serving as executive producer on the project along with Janelle Fiorito ("Extra Virgin"). Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are consulting producers. Odyssey Networks is the country's largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that creates understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives. Jeff Foxworthy also serves as producer. Embassy Row's Michael Davies as well as Parallel Entertainment's J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak serve as executive producers.
GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 75 million subscriber television network and online game sites. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN and its subsidiary, WorldWinner.com, Inc., are owned by DIRECTV and Sony Pictures Entertainment. For further information, visit GSN at GSNTV.com.