I looked at this option, and yes it is "innovative"--certainly different.
My conclusion is that the instructor would need to have the right
personality to pull it off. He/she would also have to have the entire
system mastered from this approach or the whole attempt could "bomb." I
don't have the right personality for this "light-hearted" approach, so I
haven't tried it. As you note, however, some (well, I know of at least one:
Dale Wheeler) on the list has used it with considerable satisfaction.
I suspect that some students would respond well to the style, others would
perhaps find it unhelpful.
("Light-hearted" is not intended to be a put down re. the content or
results of using this text, just a reflection of the cartoonish nature of
Rodney J. Decker, Asst. Prof./NT Baptist Bible Seminary
firstname.lastname@example.org Clarks Summit, PA