It Almost Begins… 40 Days (and Nights) of Christian Media

I just posted this on Facebook:

Here I am, 10 minutes away from the start of my 40 days of Christian Media, and I’m starting to feel nervous.

This is going to be a long 40 days.

And after spending Saturday preparing for the next forty days, scouring the internet for Christian media that I think I could consume and not feel physically ill, I’m seriously concerned about what will happen over the next month and 10.

I have subscribed to Christian Faithbook – the Christian equivalent to Facebook.

I have subscribed to Godinterest – the Christian equivalent to Pinterest.

I have subscribed to – the Christian equivalent to Netflix.

I have subscribed to every podcast hosted by Christians that I think sounds the least bit interesting to a person who loves film, creativity, the arts, humor, and culture.

I have cleansed my iPod of all secular music and podcasts.

I spent the last hour before the challenge began watching the last episode of The Flash – one of my favorite television programs currently being broadcast.  I’m seriously bummed that I’m going to miss the premiere of the new season of Community, which starts in just a few days.  I’m not at all sure what I will watch during lunch, since I’m used to watching old episodes of The Office, Community, and Parks and Recreation.

And I’m spending my time leading up to midnight listening to Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar score, the soundtrack – the music – that I’m going to miss the most over the next forty days.

I plan to wake up tomorrow and start my day with Skye Jithani’s With God daily devotional, and do so for the next forty days.

And it’s now 12:01 AM (China time).  The 40 Days (and Nights) Christian Media Challenge has begun.

See you on the other side!



Breaking News – Paramount Adds Disclaimer to Noah

According to Yahoo’s The Wrap, Paramount has listened to the folks at the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention, and added a disclaimer to the beginning of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.  Here’s what we’ll see when the lights go down:

The film is inspired by the story of Noah.
While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.
The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.

Interesting, almost word for word the same as the disclaimer before Prince of Egypt, which I posted a couple of days ago.

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I think this was a good move on Paramount’s part.  It’s a bit sad that they have to clarify for people that they’re watching a MOVIE and not a documentary, but I’m glad that they’ll point people to the Bible.

Nicely played, Mr. Moore!

The NRB speaks about Noah

News of the Ark

Noah needs “based on a true story” disclaimer

This story comes from Nashville, Tennessee, and the annual convention of the NRB.  What is the NRB?  The acronym stands for the National Religious Broadcasters, and some people call it a “Christian media” gathering.  However, I disagree with that label, because how can media be Christian?  Did media have a religious experience a summer camp and make a profession of Christian faith?  Maybe Medea did, but not media.  So, I’ll call it a big media gathering for Christian people.

Anyway, this is a gathering where people get together and talk about what’s going on in the world of media, and how it impacts Christians in particular, and people of faith in general.  For example, this is the place where Mel Gibson took The Passion of the Christ to get the approval of America’s religious faithful back in 2005.  So, it makes sense that Noah would make an appearance this year, and it did, in the form of trailers and a discussion.  No full-film screening this time.

One of the big stories to come out of the NRB with relations to Noah is that President Jerry Johnson has called on Paramount films to put a disclaimer at the start of the film that states that the film is an adaptation of the book of Exodus, similar to the disclaimer at the start of Dreamwork’s The Prince of Egypt.

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Considering all the pre-screening negative press this film has been getting (unjustifiably), I don’t think this is such a bad idea.  It acknowledges that the filmmakers know they weren’t making a literal retelling of the story of Noah (not sure how you’d do that, anyway), and that they’ve taken license in the process.  It also acknowledges that the filmmakers understand that lots and lots of people consider the story to be an important story, and they’re not just thumbing their noses at religiously dedicated people by purposefully mucking up this story that belongs to everyone (why would they do that, anyway?).  Finally, it points people in the right direction if they want to find out what the text says in the first place.  I agree completely with this suggestion, and hope that the suits and Aronofsky are listening and can see the value.

What really impressed me from this convention was the overarching message that seemed to be coming out of it:  let’s give the movie a shot;  if nothing else, viewing this movie is one way to open a dialogue with people who don’t believe the same way that we do.

While I’m sure there were some who disagreed, I think it’s a pretty healthy point of view.

Now, if only the Pope would return Russell Crowe’s tweets…