Produced by City on a Hill Productions, THE EASTER EXPERIENCE is a series of six twenty-plus minute videos about the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus. There are actually three DVDs included, but one DVD is a training DVD for small group leaders. The other two DVDs include three lessons each. They are divided as follows:
Disc 1: "Episode 1: My Life Has a Purpose" "Episode 2: My Life Can Change" "Episode 3: My Pain is Understood" Disc 2: "Episode 4: My Life Has a Plan" "Episode 5: I Have the Promise of Eternal Life" "Episode 6: I Have a Hope That Never Dies"
Episode 1 focuses mostly on the Last Supper, Episode 2 focuses on Judas & Peter, Episode 3 looks at Jesus himself, Episode 4 examines things from the perspective of Mary, Jesus' Mother, Episode 5 looks at the unnamed thief who asked Jesus to remember him when he came to his kingdom, and Episode 6 mainly looks at things from the perspective of Mary Magdalene.
Unlike many Christian videos, especially teaching materials, this is a high-quality DVD series. The episodes have really great production values. They look like something out of a blockbuster movie or an expensive mini-series.
Each of the videos is narrated by Kyle Idleman, the current Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church outside of Louisville, Kentucky. Kyle is a good teacher and his particular teaching style works well for the format of these videos.
My only complaint about the series is that the music often is louder than the dialogue. There is no music when Kyle is talking, but then when the action of story takes place there's this undercurrent of music that doesn't stop and which is usually louder than the music. Many of the people in the small group I was in that watched this series with are older and they couldn't hear a lot of the dialogue because the accompanying music was too loud.
Overall, this is a very well-produced DVD series. It's intended to be used as part of a small group study. However, though the experience isn't the same, the videos are such high-quality that one can learn a great deal by watching them on their own.