Sunday, January 22, 2006


Should Jesus Get an Agent?

On screen, who's more popular than Jesus these days? Between, The Passion of the Christ, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe, TV's The Book of Daniel and the latest Sundance Film Festival sensation, Son of Man, it's been a regular Jesus revival! Motion picture seems to be able to do something many churches have found difficulty doing these days -- connecting people to the story of Jesus. The Passion of the Christ and The Chronicles of Narnia (which is a lightly veiled tale of Jesus' passion and formation of the early church) are both certified blockbusters! Meanwhile, NBC's The Book of Daniel -- which seems to be trying to appeal to the Desperate Housewives audience -- and the independent film Son of Man -- which bills itself as the first "black Jesus" film, and is causing a stir at Sundance -- are both raising eyebrows and making news with their portrayals of Jesus. (But Son of Man isn't the first to introduce a black Jesus. Remember the "black Jesus" episode of Good Times when J.J. defiantly hangs a painting of an African American Jesus on the wall of the family apartment, much to the chagrin of his own mother? That is, of course, until family member's wishes start come true by praying to it.) No matter. Whether he's portrayed as the Lion messiah of Narnia, a South African revolutionary, or a laid back confidant in the Connecticut suburbs, Jesus is on screen everywhere. He may even be more popular than The Beatles these days.

Don't bother with the new Jesus album. It totally sucks--It's just a rehash of old outtakes.
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