Motor City Bible Quizzing


From 7th grade to 9th grade (1989 to 1992) I was involved with competitive Bible Quizzing. Bible quizzers would memorize a chapter of the New Testament (like 1st Corinthians Chapters 1 and 2, NOT the whole book of 1st Corinthians all at once) word-for-word and then meet for monthly tournaments against other church teams around Michigan.

The above drawing is an artists’ interpretation of one of the “quiz boxes”. Instead of a button you’d hit with your hand (like on game shows), there was a button in each of the chair pads that the quizzers sat on. When all the pads were depressed, the “ready” light would come on. The Quiz-Master would ask a question, and whoever jumped up first’s light would go off, while the rest of the lights were disabled.

My dad’s church, Walkerville Baptist, and Chatham Baptist were the only Canadian teams. At the end of the year there was a big Midwest conference in Indianapolis for the ultimate Bible Quizzing Championship! They combined the church teams from Detroit to make stronger teams, and my last year I got placed on the All-Star Team!

It was me and the 4 best quizzers in the league. Those guys were way beyond me, but I was the best Bible quizzer from the Canadian churches. The only 2 guys I can remember from the dream-team were Pat, the best quizzer in the league, and Calvin, the 2nd best quizzer in the league; he looked Jewish and went to Calvin Baptist Church. I was the sub-in bench-warmer, so I didn’t get much action at the tournament, but we won, and I still have the trophy.

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