TOS: What would you say if someone
reading the article feels that the Gospels
are a nice part of history but not relevant
to how they are living their lives today?
Dave: I would challenge them to sit
down and read the Gospels and decide
for themselves whether or not this man
named Jesus is compelling. Even people
who would not consider themselves to
be believers have to admit that this man,
Jesus Christ, changed the world. And
that’s where this Gospel series starts. We
ask the question, “Who is the most sig-
nificant person to have ever lived?” and
our answer at the beginning of the series
is the same answer that we have at the
end, and that is that Jesus Christ shaped
world history in a more profound way
than anyone else before or since. That
isn’t just my opinion; that’s an historical
fact. So how could the details of His life
be anything other than relevant? Let’s
come face to face with who He was, what
He did, and what His claims were. It’s
very much like when Jesus asked His dis-
ciples, “Who do you say that I am?” That’s
a question that confronts everybody,
especially when you read the Gospels.
TOS: Is there any part of your personal
testimony you’d like to share?
Dave: I was raised a Christian and never
knew a day when I didn’t believe. In
many ways, I took it for granted growing
up. I went to Christian schools and was
really kind of immersed in that culture.
Sometimes, you almost have to repent
of your familiarity with the stories and
try to discover it again for the first time.
There’s no better way to do that than tra-
vel to the Holy Land and experience these
places. I’m really blessed by God to be
able to do what we do. There are so many
families that never make it to Israel, and
we’ve heard people say that this is kind
of the next best thing. You have a tour
guide who is enthusiastic about the con-
tent because it’s something he personally
believes in. We hope that our audience
can absorb a little bit of that enthusiasm
through me. It seems like there’s a cold
detachment oftentimes when you see
others deal with this subject, and I don’t
think anybody can be totally neutral
about the life of Jesus. You either believe
in Him or you don’t. I couldn’t imagine
getting a lot out of a series like this unless
it was from somebody who had already
had his life changed by Jesus Himself.
TOS: Thank you for taking the time to
speak with us today.
It was a joy to get to talk to Dave about
this new project, and I can tell you that
the enthusiasm of everyone who worked
on this project comes through in a powerful way. This wasn’t just a documentary, it
was an experience, and I encourage you to
check out Drive Thru History: The Gospels
and share it with your family today.
Bonnie Rose Hudson works as the Executive Editor of SchoolhouseTeachers
.com, the curriculum site of The Old
Schoolhouse® Magazine. Her heart’s
desire is for every child to feel the love
of God and know how special they
are to Him. She would love for you
to stop by her author’s blog WriteBon
nieRose.com for resources to help teach
your children about missions and the
persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you
can write for the homeschool market.
Dave Stotts has spent the last two decades
in professional media production. His
career in documentary films has taken
him to nearly 30 countries to shoot and
edit programs on a wide variety of topics.
Dave is the host of Drive Thru History,
a fun, fast-paced, content-rich history
show that speeds through ancient civilizations, the Holy Land, and the founding of
America, allowing students to experience
the people, places, and events that shaped
our world and the Christian faith.