Edited by Kevin Collard
Communications Director, The Center for the Study of God & Culture
1. History Channel’s The Bible – from “Survivor” creator Mark Burnett’s production company. The 10-hour, five-part miniseries will launch Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. featuring live-action and CGI, will be narrated by Emmy winner Keith David and will feature a musical score by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer.
2. My hope with Billy Graham – in November a nationwide Television event sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic association will feature a multifaceted, technological outreach to seekers around the globe. It depends on YOUR willingness to sign up as a current day “Matthew” and inviting seeker friends for dinner on the appointed night.
3. The One Way Experience Tour – coming to your hometown! Remember the Jesus music of the 70’s? This tour will feature performances by Andrae Crouch, Love Song, Randy Stonehill, Evie, The Archers, and Michael Omartian! A sure way to remember the joy of your salvation.
4. Burning Lights. You won’t have to wait long (January 8th) for the new release of modern praise songwriter Chris Tomlin’s new release Burning Lights.
5. Captain Phillips film- released in March of 2013 will bring us the story of devout Catholic Captain Richard Phillips who was delivering much needed supplies to Somalia when Pirates hijacked his ship. Phillips sacrificed himself for his crew members. Tom Hanks plays the role of this brave man who stayed alive until Naval sharp shooters were able to detain the pirates. Also on July 4th weekend we will see Johnny Depp bring back The Lone Ranger.
6. China is sending a spacecraft to the moon: How will the world respond?
7. Tim Tebow. Speculation has the NFL QB returning to Jacksonville, Florida to play for the jaguars.
8. REALITY TV SHOWS about Christians? TLC Network’s Sisterhood scheduled to premiere Jan. 1, preachers’ wives are the focus in “an honest, behind-the-scenes look into the struggles, triumphs and unique experiences that shape these bold women as they ditch their Sunday hats and morph into the dynamic and influential figures they have become and aim to be.” And Lifetime TV’s new reality show that centers on the lives of preachers’ kids is scheduled to air on the Lifetime Television Network in 2013. Preachers’ Daughters is said to give a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of teenagers whose fathers are Christian ministers, and how they handle worldly temptations with the guidance of their parents.
9. Random Acts of Kindness, the book that sparked the movement, is 20 years old, and to celebrate, the editors of Conari Press have compiled Random Acts of Kindness Then and Now (Feb. 2013), which includes stories from the original book with new material sourced from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. The anniversary edition includes stories of generosity and kindness in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, and Conari will donate a portion of the book’s proceeds to the American Red Cross.
SOMETHING WE DON’T LOOK FORWARD TO:
Sometime in 2013, NBC will air Save Me, the sitcom set in the fictional Cincinnati suburb of “Indian Hills.” Anne Heche stars as a housewife who believes she is a modern-day prophet after having a near-death experience choking on a sandwich.