TBN Presents INEXPLICABLE: How Christianity Spread to the Ends of the Earth

on January 13, 2020

Tonight at 8PM Eastern Time the TBN Christian television network will premiere a new documentary film series about how the Gospel spread across the globe. The series, titled Inexplicable: How Christianity Spread to the Ends of the Earth, is narrated by well-known, velvety-voiced Dennis Haysbert (“24” “The Unit”).

I was fortunate enough to attend a premiere screening of Part 1 of this series at the Museum of the Bible on January 4. The film was terrific — both in terms of content and presentation. The story is both inspiring and challenging as we reflect our own role as the spiritual descendants of these saints who have gone on before and now populate the Great Cloud of Witnesses described in the Book of Hebrews, who are cheering us on. But it is also beautifully and sensitively portrayed, going to the very limits of our capacity to understand what the early Christians endured, but bathing it in the light of the resurrected Messiah. I urge everyone to watch this series and to share it with your friends and fellow church members.

TBN explains that Inexplicable will “chart the historical path the Gospel journeyed, exploring where, why and exactly how it spread from 12 followers of Jesus to more than two billion believers worldwide.” It will do this throughout 2020. On an affiliated website of TBN: The State of Faith 2020the six parts of the series are laid out, but only Part 1: “From the Cradle of Christianity” will be available for viewing in January.

“From the Cradle of Christianity” combines dramatic reenactments of the birth of the Church and of the miracle of how Christianity spread even as its first leaders, Jesus’ Apostles, and early Church leaders, men and women, were martyred for their faith with interviews from numerous Biblical and theological scholars. The viewer will also find helpful and interesting resources to go along with each part of the series on The State of Faith 2020 website and other social media.

I will share my thoughts about Part 1 in my next blog post.

This series is a great gift from TBN to the Church, to Biblical scholars, and to anyone interested in understanding more of the miracle of that mustard seed that has become the Kingdom of God on earth.

  1. Comment by Roger on January 15, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Christianity did not spread from the 12 Disciples.. Please read Acts 8 : 1. This is about 7 + years after Pentecost and the Disciples stayed in Jerusalem and did not go out. The Apostle Paul & Barnabus are the one”s credited in the bible who turned the world upside down. Paul carried the Gospel of Grace to the Gentile world, through Macedonia and onward. God put the Jews on hold after the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 AD.
    It is the time of the Gentiles , Age of Grace, the Church age because of mainly the Apostle Paul.

  2. Comment by Fr. Dale Coleman on January 24, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Wrong! Totally wrong. Luke sticks to Paul’s journeys, mostly, and describes the Gospel getting from Jerusalem to Rome. Even so, there was already a church in Rome, to which Paul writes. Right? And Peter eventually reached Rome. Acts of the Apostles ends around 62 AD or a couple years before the martyrdoms of both Peter and Paul. We know much more about the missionary trips of other Apostles by means of the 2nd and 3rd century writings by the Fathers. Eusebius tells us much more in his Church History, c 304-325. Read about the Church (led by the Apostles) moving East.

  3. Comment by Fr. Dale Coleman on January 25, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Acts of the Apostles ends with St. Paul having brought the Gospel to Rome, the center of the Western (and some Eastern)
    Empire. This is about 62 AD. That is St. Luke’s focus. There are many other sources from the early 2nd century by Church fathers referring to the Gospel being spread throughout the East, by the other Apostles. St. Peter himself preached and taught throughout Asia Minor before ending in Rome. Then both he and St. Paul were executed by Nero in 64AD. The great Early Church historian, Eusebius, writing between 304 AD and 335 AD, tells the fuller story of Apostles moving East and establishing Church communities. So this response is incorrect, Roger. Read more Early Church fathers.

  4. Comment by Paul Guenther on January 21, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Here in Clarkston, WA we watch TBN on DISH. Inexplicable Part II was aired at mid nite!!! Couldn’t believe it. Will it be available to watch on y our website, as part I was.

  5. Comment by Patricia A. Baum on January 24, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Can this documentary series be purchased? Patricia

  6. Comment by Patricia A. Baum on January 24, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I just sent this information

  7. Comment by angela hart on January 25, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    In addition, at 47.15 mins in to the film, the Trinity doctrine is questioned as we are warned “don’t read back into it…”

  8. Comment by R. Dorien B. deLusignan on March 19, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    I too have been trying to buy this series. Is it available? Thank you and God Bless you. In Christ, R. Dorien de Lusignan

  9. Comment by Sue Knickerbocker on April 18, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    How do get part 3-6

  10. Comment by Melissa Dove on May 19, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    When is the rest of series going to air?

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