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 2020, the 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.