The Bible Comes to Life

by Kelly Fladager '08

All eyes and ears were drawn to the Felix Event Center stage on March 5 as The Bible Experience Live came to Azusa Pacific University. During this one-time event, talent from the audio recording, Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience, performed live on stage with the University Choir and Orchestra and drama ministry team. Nearly 2,400 community members, staff, faculty, students and guests filled the Felix Event Center to hear the Word of God in a new creative way and to raise money for student scholarships.

“It was great for members of the APU community to perform with talented Christian actors and musicians to help bring the Word of God to life,” said David Peck, executive director of University Relations.

The Bible Experience is a theater of the mind and spirit,” said co-producer of Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience, Lou Buster Brown. During the performance, song, dance, and drama intertwined to enhance the scripture readings. Familiar Bible stories, such as the birth of Christ, the woman at the well, Hannah and Eli, the Queen of Sheba, and the crucifixion came to life on stage. “I heard the Bible read aloud in a new way; the Word came alive,” said Brianne Baier, a senior psychology major. “In particular, the reading and dramatization that was done by Pauletta Washington from the Song of Solomon made an impact

Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., from ABC’s hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy, read Proverbs 18. They were followed by, Loretta Devine’s interpretation of the women at the well. Other stars from Hollywood, such as Pauletta Washington (Beloved, wife of Denzel Washington), Dulé Hill (Psych and The West Wing), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Phil Morris, and Cookie Johnson came to perform and show their support for this project. “In today’s society, attention spans are very short,” said Chandra Wilson, Emmy Award-winning star of Grey’s Anatomy. “We just want to hold an ear.” Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience has done just that. It has been considered the most ambitious presentation of the Bible ever produced and has become the bestselling audio Bible and new Bible on the market today.

The Bible Experience Live_ brought the APU community and guests together for two common goals: to celebrate the Word of God and to raise money for student scholarships.

The Bible Experience Live is a great example of how the world can be transformed with one of the gifts God has given us, the arts,” said APU President Jon R. Wallace, DBA.