The Seventh Day: Revelations from the Lost Pages of History
A five-part documentary mini-series on the history of the Sabbath through the ages. The Seventh Day reveals the tension between Saturday and Sunday as the authentic Christian day of worship.
The story begins with the origin of the Sabbath in the biblical story of Creation and follows the evidence of the weekly holy day through the Old Testament. Then the spotlight turns to the record of the ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ, whose revolutionary ideas about proper Sabbath observance set Him at odds with Jewish religious leaders of His day.
The Seventh Day goes on to tell the story of the Sabbath during the early Christian centuries, when Sunday-keeping, in addition to Sabbath observance, became more and more common. It follows the rise of Sunday to its place as the officially established day of worship for the majority of Christians.
But that's not the end of the story. From the Medieval era right down to our own day the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath has persisted. The Seventh Day tracks the Sabbath from Russia to South America, from Africa to Alaska, from England to China.
Award-winning actor Hal Holbrook hosts the documentary, supported by more than fifty historians and theologians from around the world.
Hell and Mr. Fudge
MacKenzie Astin stars as Edward Fudge in this warm, thoughtful and inspiring story of one man's persistent pursuit of truth – and his courage to stand for what he believed. Even as a theology student in college he found himself at odds with influential leaders within his own conservative, fundamentalist denomination.
His generous attitude toward believers in other churches and his strict adherence to the Bible as the final word in matters of doctrine earned him a reputation as a heretic. Undaunted by opposition, Fudge stayed true to his principles.
His research into biblical teachings on death, hell, and the hereafter forced him to confront his own biases and preconceptions. Fudge went on to become a heroic figure in the evangelical movement against the traditional doctrines of hell and eternal torment.
Set in the 1970s-era Bible Belt, Hell and Mr. Fudge was filmed entirely on location in northern Alabama. Cast includes Eileen Davidson, Tom Hillman, Sean McGowan, Keri Lynn Pratt, Cody Sullivan, Wes Robertson, and John Wesley Shipp. Produced and directed by Jeff Wood.
The Wandering Day
The story: During the 1920s international businessmen, politicians, and social reformers mounted a campaign to eliminate the irregularities in the Gregorian calendar -- the calendar that had become the standard in most nations around the world. The League of Nations, forerunner of the United Nations, became the venue for intense controversy over competing calendar proposals. Caught in the middle of the conflict was a handful of Jewish and Protestant dissenters – men who recognized that calendar reform would strike directly at the religious observance of all who maintain a weekly day of worship.
Projected completion: July 2016.