A couple of weeks ago, many others and I were invited to attend a pastors’ appreciation day hosted by Rick Warren and the team at Saddleback Church. It was nice to be reminded that there are people out there who appreciate what you’re doing for God and are eager to invest in you as a pastor and as a church, without wanting anything in return.
One of the highlights of the day was hearing executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey passionately share about their upcoming television series A.D. The Bible Continues. It airs on Easter Sunday on NBC. They were so enthusiastic about the opportunity this affords the Church as it is comprised of 12 episodes which depict the last chapters of the Gospels and first 10 chapters of the book of Acts. As an added bonus, we got to see the first episode. I thought the look, feel, writing, acting, dialogue, and were outstanding.
Hearing how Mark and Roma really wanted to get it right, in terms of biblical accuracy, and to bring the scriptures to life in a way that will connect on a heart level with viewers was really moving. He was so excited about the scriptures portrayed in each of the episodes and the episode guide, complete with the scriptures references, they created. She was particularly taken by the fact that the Holy Spirit is mentioned over 50 times in the book of Acts and that He is the real star of the book and the series.
This is a multimillion dollar effort that is bringing the story of the birth, growth, and eventual world changing impact of the Church to network television for the first time! Who knows what God could do with and through this opportunity? Millions of people being exposed the story of the hope of the world can only be good. Thank you Mark, Roma, and all involved!