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A.D. Continues to lead
By Mr. David Zanotti

For two weeks running NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues" has led network ratings. We are taking time to notice how people are responding to this series produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Overall the production quality of A.D. is quite good and the acting is exceptional. The program is making people think. Many of us are now studying the real account of the resurrection of Jesus and the birth of the Church in the book of Acts.

One fact that pops out of the history is the fact that Jesus Christ and the reality of His resurrection changed everything, including the political powers of Israel and Rome. The reality of the empty tomb was a truth that neither Herod nor Pilate could overcome. 

Pleas tune in and join the conversation on A.D. this week on The Public Square.

Friday, April 17, 2015, 01:20 AM

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A.D.Part I
By Mr. David Zanotti

One hour was enough. The first episode of A.D. The Bible Continues opened with a question and in one hour presented that question over and over again. "What is truth?" The question Pilate asked Jesus in their moment of confrontation on Good Friday. The program also included this statement from Jesus: "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me."

These words between Jesus and Pilate are recorded in the book of John, yet many people have never heard them. Anyone watching A.D. would have heard them. These words still split the reality of the universe this day. "Everyone on the side of the truth listens to Me."

After one hour I am willing to speak to those who criticized us for endorsing A.D. in advance of seeing all 12 hours. The first hour left me speechless. Downey and Burnett had the courage to ask the right questions. They were honest with the content. They did not betray the historic record of the eyewitness accounts. I pray the balance of the series stays true to the decisions made in this first episode. 

As for quality, A.D. does not disappoint. Burnett has owned his indictment against creating "crappy content". Of course he is telling the best story ever written but even with that advantage, he could have messed it up -- and he still might. Episode One, however, was masterful in cinematography, casting, acting and music. At one point the sound editors cued the music at the blinking of Pilate's eyes. Thats the stuff that wins artistic awards. Burnett and Downey had the courage to include powerful biblical imagery like the Passover sacrifice of lambs and the renting of the the Temple curtain at the moment of the death of Jesus. They clearly have studied the text with passion.

If you would like to tell us what you think about Episode One please send us your thoughts at info@aproundtable.org. Join in the conversation with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the Executive Producers of A.D. right now on The Public Square. We have an exclusive interview with them playing at this very moment. Join the conversation. And please -- tell a friend. 

Sunday, April 05, 2015, 10:22 PM

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They believed
By Mr. David Zanotti

We hope you will take a few moments and listen to this week's edition of The Public Square featuring Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The series A.D. is going to be with us starting Easter Sunday evening and continuing for several more weeks. You can simply download by clicking on "podcast" here on the home page or by downloading the TPS phone app. All of this programming is available to all of us free of charge because of the generous contributions of so many who support The Public Square. We will be talking about A.D. in studio this week along with the raging controversy over the Indiana law protecting religious liberty. It looks like the book of Acts is coming true once again in lots of interesting ways. Please listen in and stay tuned. A most Blessed Easter to all. 

Saturday, April 04, 2015, 12:47 PM

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Commander-in-Chief?
By Mr. David Zanotti

Yes, the President is Commander in Chief, but commander of what? That is the question Alan Dershowitz poses in a recent article. Is the President Commander of American foreign policy? Can he rule in this arena in a singular fashion without the U.S. Congress? You'll find the answers from the U.S. Constitution clearly written in this article. The answer might surprise you.

Monday, March 23, 2015, 11:26 PM

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38 weeks and counting
By Mr. David Zanotti

In just about 38 weeks the first voting will begin on the 2016 race for the White House. Iowa and New Hampshire are that close. The first Republican debate is only about 20 weeks away. Hillary and her email scandal brought this whole election into crystal clear focus this week. Most of the time we talk about Article One here on The Public Square and across the Roundtable network. We are far more concerned about constitutional leadership in the Congress than about who sits in the White House. There will be HUGE races for control of the Congress is 2016. We are preparing for those races as well. Together with the incredible energy that comes with an open-seat election for the Presidency, no one can afford to sit out this election. And those who hope to make a difference can absolutely NOT wait around. The game is already on. 

This week on The Public Square we unveil more of the iVoters strategy for 2015-2016. If you would like to know how to make an intelligent, highly strategic and fiscally responsible contribution to this coming election, iVoters is the place to start. Please join us and listen in on The Public Square and please tell a friend. 

 

Friday, March 13, 2015, 05:46 PM

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