The new 12-part series A.D.: The Bible Continues featured on NBC is turning heads and getting people to open their Bibles in a way that hasn’t happened in decades. Executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, whose miniseries on The Bible garnered huge attention, have now brought us an uplifting spiritual journey through the later chapters of biblical history, continuing the greatest story ever told and exploring the exciting and inspiring events that followed the Crucifixion of Christ.The Easter Sunday debut of A.D. grabbed the #1 television show in America spot with over nine million viewers, and the story continues for a total of 12 Sundays at 9:00 PM/8:00 PM Central.
The series was endorsed by such high-profile Christian leaders as Rick Warren (who remarked, “I can’t wait for you to see it!”), Max Lucado (who called the story “compelling”), Andy Stanley (who is “excited beyond words” for the series), Craig Groeschel (“extraordinary”), Francis Chan, Perry Noble, Focus on the Family’s president Jim Daly, LifeWay’s Ed Stetzer, evangelist Luis Palau and denominational leaders across the country.
Downey refers to the series as about “a time filled with enormous faith, persecution, brutal Roman oppression and the desperate Jewish revolt—a time when history would be changed forever.”
“We pulled from history and Acts using scholars from both areas and wove it together into a cool, relatable, true and compelling story so people can see what the early church was like,” said Downey during the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention.
Phil Cooke, an evangelical writer and producer of the upcoming Christian-music movie Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, says Hollywood is “getting the message that the more biblically accurate the movie or TV series, the greater the audience. Mark and Roma are proving that.” And author and radio host Eric Metaxas remarked for TV Guide, “Mark and Roma bring a much-longed-for respect to biblical narratives, one that’s been sorely lacking in recent decades … A.D. is proving the magnitude of the audience interested in a serious treatment of biblical subjects.” TV Guide featured Juan Pablo Di Pace, who plays Jesus in the series, on its cover this week.
Downey said she hopes God will use the new series for His glory. Many resources for churches relating to the series are available, including an A.D. campaign kit and study materials.