Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California commented on the much-anticipated "The Bible" TV series, which premiers on the History Channel on Sunday, saying it is by far the best Bible movie he has ever seen.
"I have seen probably every film made on the Bible in the last 50 years. This is by far the best one," Warren said, giving top marks to the 10-hour series, which will air each Sunday until Easter, March 30.
The best-selling author has been eagerly promoting the upcoming project, created by TV producers Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. On Saturday, the California pastor will air a 90-minute simulcast featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the production of "The Bible."
"One way to build a bridge between God's Word and the issues of our day is to tie a sermon series into some cultural event, something that has already caught the attention of many people," Warren stated.
"For instance, when we enter the current economic crisis, I preached a series on God's principles for money management. It taught people that the Bible offers wise and practical advice on how to handle your finances."
The project, which was filmed in Morocco, covers hundreds of years of history, beginning with the story of Isaac's sacrifice in the Old Testament, and ending with the crucifixion of Christ. Other major events that will be covered in the show include Samson destroying the pagan Philistine temple and David's fight with the giant Goliath.
A number of Christian voices who have seen the show already have also given it top marks, with Geoff Tunnicliffe, Chief Executive Officer/Secretary General for the World Evangelical Alliance, calling the mini-series not only "not disappointing" but rising to the "wow scale."
"Attempting to take on the whole Bible in 10 hours is pretty much an impossible task for just about anyone, but apparently not for the Burnetts. They really have produced something of epic proportions," Tunnicliffe wrote.
Joel Osteen, one of the biggest magachurch pastors in America, has also called the project "compelling and powerful" Osteen added that he can see it reach believers and nonbelievers alike.