Some of you maybe aware of the upcoming miniseries entitled, “The Bible” created and produced by Roma Downey of Touch by an Angel and her husband, Mark Burnett.
The Bible is a ten-hour, five-week, miniseries beginning on March 3, 2013 airing ‘prime time’ on the History Channel 8PM – 10PM.
The Bible will air on Sunday nights where viewers will see some of the best-known stories from The Bible: Noah’s Ark, the Exodus, Jesus’ birth and His disciples. The final episode of the miniseries will air on Easter Sunday and will feature the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Why broadcast on the History Channel?
Roma Downey, Star of Touch by an Angel and husband, Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice).
The History Channel has received a lot of criticism from the Christian community because of their slant on the Bible which is often wrong.
This makes one ask why Roma and Mark decided to showcase their movie on the History Channel. They indicated that..
- out of all the networks interviewed , the History Channel vowed to do the ‘best’ promotion and
- typically during the Easter season, the History Channel, as well as others, will broadcast shows calling our faith into question like: ‘Who was the Real Jesus,’ ‘Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene?’ and shows like The DaVinci Code.
They saw it as an opportunity to broadcast the full Gospel, a meta narrative of the complete faithful message for the full month of March.
Pastors – Seize opportunity to be creative
Make the most of this opportunity to reach out to the people in your community who will be watching the series but may not attend church.
I believe Rick Warren said it best when he said, “One way to build a bridge between God’s Word and the issues of our day is to tie a sermon series into some cultural event, something that has already caught the attention of many people.”
He cited an example that when we were going through an economic crisis here in America, he preached a sermon on God’s principles for money management demonstrating HOW the Bible offers wise and practical advice on how to handle your finances.
Warren also took advantage on riding the Passion wave by Mel Gibson in that he preached a series entitled, “How Love Speaks: 7 Words From the Cross”.
Pastors – Don’t forget Facebook and Twitter
Pastors, Bible teachers, small group leaders who are active with the social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, you can connect with your congregation, groups, friends using these platforms as well. You can speak to one another during commercials or after the show or even the next day.
Pose questions of your own and or pose the questions using the study guidebook made available from Outreach.com .
Do you blog?
Of course, if you have a blog you could use that as a platform as well to dialog with your folks.
Resources are available – some even FREE!
Working with The Bible series team, Outreach has produced The Bible 30 Day Church Experience Kit along with a small group DVD study and personal guidebook so that you can help your church and community experience the Bible in a whole new way.
Outreach, Inc. also hopes pastors will encourage their flock to host their own viewing parties and are providing FREE “Bible Viewing Host Kits” to anyone interested.
I just heard an interview from Mark and Roma that the Lifetime Network will also air The Bible Miniseries on Mondays AND there will be a repeat broadcast on Wednesday evening on the History Channel – that’s THREE viewing opportunities available!
Won’t you ride this wave?