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Mar 4, 2013 12:10 AM by Tony Spehar -

Locals host watch parties for "The Bible" series

Local groups are part of a movement to have one-million watch parties for each episode of the History Channel miniseries "The Bible."

Sunday evening food and drinks welcomed guests to the first watch party Eric Abel of Outreach Incorporated, a local group dedicated to providing outreach products and services, will be hosting at his house. "The Bible" has created a buzz among the faithful who believe it may provoke more interest in religion with it's stylized dramatic retelling of some of the Bible's crucial stories.

"It's just a way for people to experience the Bible in a whole new way," Eric Abel explained. "For people that love God to invite their family and friends to experience God's love in a different way."

Outreach Inc. and other groups like Focus on the Family are providing free hosting kits for watch parties that encourage people to invite friends and families and discuss what each episode focuses on.

"The host can download it and it has a lot of ideas about how to host a party in your home, questions you can ask your guests," Abel described.

The series is not without controversy, Pastor Brady Boyd of New Life Church expressed his disappointment via Twitter.

"Not a big fan of the Bible show on the History Channel," Boyd tweeted. "Way too much focus on the salacious and not the sacred."

Certainly the heightened drama and action in the show may raise a few eyebrows, but many are still excited at the prospect of increased attention to the Bible.

"They're going to be able to see the stories in a whole new way and really internalize it," Eric Abel hoped. "Maybe even go home and search their own Bibles and scriptures and really to find out what the truth the scripture says."

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