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...looks beautiful and proves that the heresy and horrible scriptural changes are still intact!

Son of God is a repackaged version of the New Testament sections of the miniseries The Bible which aired on The History Channel last year.

For those of you who have forgotten this is the one produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey with the hotline spiritual advisory panel of Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes!

I shouldn’t need to remind you that the 10 hour miniseries while fantastic to look at was so theologically bankrupt that I couldn’t even bring myself to take the time to fully break down more than the first few episodes of the miniseries.

Needless to say that while Satan has been removed (see link below), a smooth move when you’ve already taken most if not all references to erm…sin out of the film to ostensibly save screentime- this film is still going to be filled with bad theology and horrible creative decisions.

For instance in the above trailer Seeker Jesus tells Peter in response to:

“What are we going to do?”

“Change the World!”

Which for those wondering is NOT what Christ came here to. He came to suffer and die taking ALL SIN upon Himself to provide a SUBSTITUTION for humanity. His blood is enough to cover everyone, but only covers those who are Born Again.

Christ didn’t come to this world to change the world….but to save us while in this world.

There’s also a clip from the feeding of the 5,000 which was just odd in it’s choices to have the disciples follow Jesus example and lift up their own baskets and pray to God and then SHAZAM! Fish and loaves in their baskets!

Later in one of the worst rewritten sequences in the entire miniseries Jesus has the stones removed from Lazarus tomb and ENTERS IT HIMSELF and then kisses Lazarus on the forehead and Lazarus suddenly awakens with wide eyes. A Jump scare of Biblical proportions not to mention missing the whole point of the Biblical narrative!

Also of note is the quick flash of shots just after the mallet slams into the head of the nail:

A shot of either the money changers cash or the cash that Judas tosses back toward the Temple Guards as they’re bringing Jesus out.

The clouds swirling around Golgotha that never truly bring about the darkness mentioned in the Biblical account.

Adam made of the dirt of the earth, a shot that I really love.

The destruction of Cirqe De’ Sodom and Gomorrah.

Moses staff being used to part the Red Sea.

All Old Testament things not that I’m complaining as surely they need to attempt to set up the story.

Although the placing of Jesus raising out of the water after being baptized is pretty strange being towards the end of the trailer.

Ending with the: “I am coming soon”. marking the end of the trailer and the end of the woefully inadequate Revelation scene is both smart marketing and a reminder of how underwhelming fitting the whole Bible into a 10 hour miniseries was.

Even though because of the running time of 2 hours there is less time for heresy my advice to you as you would probably imagine is, do NOT see this film.

Reading the Gospels will be be much more accurate and helpful so I recommend you do that.

In Christ,

Ross

 Satan removed from Son of God!

The Story of Abraham and Sarah

One of the immediate issues I have is that in The Bible (TB) Abraham and Sarah are always named Abraham and Sarah. IN the Bible it wasn’t until later in the story when Abram and Sarai’s names were changed to Abraham and Sarah.

In TB God does in fact speak to Abraham about his Abrahamic Covenant promise so they got that part right.

He has received this vision/message.

Abraham goes off to pull his family together first getting Sarah (who should be Sarai) and then Lot and his wife, I’m thinking alright they’re going to pack up and head off just like The Bible actually says- not so much.

Abraham goes on to say that God told him of a land they were to go to.

This is Abraham saying that God had given him a message/vision/mission and now he’s appealing to his family and his wife to join him in making that vision a reality.

How many current “Christian” churches are founded by leaders that have a “vision from God” “message from God” who then bring forth that vision/message to the church body and ask them to join him in making that vision a reality.

Also of note over and over again the narrator throughout TB will say over and over again- especially during transitions between segments/characters things like- “they were looking for a new leader.” “The people of Israel were looking for a new breed of leader.”

In fact I’ll mention this again when I get to the New Testament sections of TB but even in the introduction of Christ the narrator still says something like- “during this time of oppression and turmoil Israel is looking for a new kind of leader.”

There is an unfolding trend here and it can’t really be missed. TB is a string of connected leadership stories and not truly a story about redemption. It’s more man centered than God centered.

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It’s often said in making a film that finding the right locations for certain shots is half the battle. This counts for itty bitty no budget Christian short films as well. Case in point I’m working on my own Christian Short called Future Drive and the central scene in the film is one of the most important. I just can’t choose the location…so I’m asking for YOUR opinion.

Both of these locations work fine for the scene in question and I’ve even done some testing at both locations.

The choices are….Location A:

Location A

Location A

 

Or Location B:

Location B

Location B

 

Please cast you votes using the Poll and Thank You! (Voting closes Midnight on Friday PST)!

In Christ,

Ross

 

Hello folks and thanks for stopping by The Bible Runner Online!

Today is really exciting because I’m going to be sharing with you some of the hard work that went into the filming of the independent Christian film The Thief in The Night (TTiTN)! 

You can follow us on facebook by clicking on this link: The Thief in The Night on Facebook!

A Little History

TTiTN began as the Lord put the idea very strongly to my friend and Writer/Director Daniel Medina Jr. around 3 years ago now. He had talked and donated his clothes to  kids who were being helped out by an awesome local  organization called Youth Hope which you can find out more about here: Check out Youth Hope!

He talked to a vast number of kids at Youth Hope about their rough lives and all they’ve been through to survive, these are heartbreaking stories, but they also have hope.

TTiTN is a film designed to bring to light the struggles of living a life similar to the lives lived by some of these kids. About the spiritual warfare that goes on over each and every life, for God wants you to find Salvation through Jesus Christ and the Devil wants to steal kill and destroy.

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This is a wonderful OSCAR NOMINATED film about the first Man and first Dog as they meet and grow a relationship in the Garden of Eden. There’s no dialogue- but it’s wonderful…fantastic even.

Hope you enjoy.

In Christ,

Ross

A great big hello to all my subscribers and those who are perhaps visiting my Biblerunner blog for the first time. Thanks for stopping by tonight I have huge news for you the Independent Christian Film that I’m acting in called The Thief in The Night has just opened it’s Kickstarter page!

The Thief in The Night On Kickstarter!

Check out what’s available at each donation tier and help us get one giant step closer to fulfilling God’s call to us. Our mission of sharing the Gospel through film to the disenfranchised youth, runaways, homeless and spiritually lost.

I will make a permanent page for the Kickstarter tomorrow so look for it on the menu system soon.

God bless you all in advance for your help, donations and prayers!

In Christ,

Ross Cooper (and the entire Thief in The Night Team)!

Hey folks!

Sorry my posting has been so sparse but I’ve been rather busy making The Thief in The Night! That said I also have been making a series of shorts set in the fictional BibleRunner universe- and I’ve finally cranked out a new one for you!

It features the Gospel, Tension, RUNNING- and a new soundtrack!

Check out the latest episode here- I’ll be adding another link on the BibleRunner Webisodes page here in a moment- I hope you enjoy!

To God be the Glory!

Ross

As you may have noticed I haven’t been able to post nearly as often as I’d like to recently and this is because of the accelerated production schedule we’ve been able to enter on the Christian Film The Thief in The Night. Thanks to God’s miraculous provision thanks to the dedicated intercessory prayers of you and the films followers on Facebook The Thief in the Night on Facebook! and on Twitter The Thief in the Night on Twitter!

Tonight I thought I’d share the two latest posters.

The first features an atmospheric shot of Christina Flemming as Grace.

C. Flemming as Grace

Christina Flemming as Grace Widescreen Poster The Thief in The Night

 

And the second features myself as Apollyon.

Ross Cooper as Apollyon in The Thief in The Night

 

We can’t wait to show you more in fact the first trailer is being prepared for release and as soon as it’s available I’ll share it with you here. Please continue to keep the production in your prayers, you folks are integral members of The Thief in The Night’s production team.

God Bless,

Ross

Miles Teves has worked on many films as a storyboard/concept artist amongst other things on a vast multitude of productions in the movie making business. I was looking through his site at some of his work and found that he had done some storyboarding for The Passion of The Christ!

A Nail being driven into the Hand of Jesus Christ

To see the remainder of The Passion of The Christ storyboards please visit Miles Teves’s Website at:The Full Set of The Passion of The Christ Storyboards

Such powerful imagery!

How amazing what Christ did for us on that cross!

In Christ,

Ross

I have started a Production Diary that will take those who are interested behind the scenes of The Thief In The Night!

So if you’d like to follow the production from my perspective than check out this link: The Thief In The Night Production Diary

Or simply click on the link of the same name on either the upper or side blog menu systems.

Hope you enjoy and God Bless!

Ross