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TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« on: July 19, 2015, 09:16:04 PM »
After the success of The Bible, The Dovekeepers and A.D. The Bible Continues, Roma Downey is back with a new faith-based series, Answered Prayers.

Downey sat down with ET to chat about her hosting gig on the upcoming show, which is all about real people whose lives were changed by divine intervention.


From here. Any thoughts?
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2015, 10:43:27 PM »
Another excuse for secularists to lampoon the Christian faith.
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2015, 10:57:48 PM »
After the success of The Bible, The Dovekeepers and A.D. The Bible Continues, Roma Downey is back with a new faith-based series, Answered Prayers.

Downey sat down with ET to chat about her hosting gig on the upcoming show, which is all about real people whose lives were changed by divine intervention.


From here. Any thoughts?

I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2015, 08:34:48 AM »
I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.

Eastern Orthodox believe God doesn't answer petitionary prayers?  That's news to me.

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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2015, 08:38:24 AM »
I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.

Eastern Orthodox believe God doesn't answer petitionary prayers?  That's news to me.

He does, but not in an 'insert prayer - receive answer' way. God is generally not into instant gratification, not even in the prayer department. ;)
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2015, 10:20:26 AM »
I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.

Eastern Orthodox believe God doesn't answer petitionary prayers?  That's news to me.

I don't think we believe in making a televised spectacle of it. I think it has the potential to give the wrong impression, that Christianity is a "you ask God and you get what you want" kind of religion.
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2015, 10:31:48 AM »
I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.

Eastern Orthodox believe God doesn't answer petitionary prayers?  That's news to me.

He does, but not in an 'insert prayer - receive answer' way. God is generally not into instant gratification, not even in the prayer department. ;)

My priest gives a number of sermons every year about this, using the same terminology, "God is not vending machine..."  One of the things that gave me some confusion was the importance of persistence in prayer.  I always felt like I was bugging God.  Yes, there was some impatience on my end, but also a feeling that if God did not answer quickly then I was probably asking for the wrong thing and wasting the Lord's time.  What finally got me over the hump, so to say, was reading the Parable of the Persistent Widow.  The last line (Luke 18.8) I find to be the operative part, though: "I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"  Faith is the key.  If you pray with persistence and faith, sometimes God judges your request worthy.

A bit of a tangent, but alas.
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2015, 10:36:31 AM »
What i want to know is if the show is premiering right after the official TLC on air announcement of no more Duggars.


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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2015, 10:41:27 AM »
Another excuse for secularists to lampoon the Christian faith.
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2015, 11:30:00 AM »
Pretty sure you could find television content creators/developers to mock, embarrass, or just generally exploit almost any group or activity, real or created-just-for-TV, so long as they could find someone willing to pay them to work on it. They'd just as quickly do "Dumb Things Atheists Say: Dawkins Edition" or "Evolutionary Biologist Liars... EXPOSED!"  About 9 years ago TLC did a show called 'Shalom in the Home,' about an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi who crossed the country in an RV/trailer thing and showed up at people's houses to give them some life lessons. But first he (and TLC viewers) had to observe them using cameras throughout the house, to find out about their dirtiest laundry that made for the best television. Then the host would try to force the families into changing bad habits and adulterous proclivities in a rapid, positive, and photogenic way. It was especially heart-warming to see everyone trying to manipulate the kids when they were clearly extremely uncomfortable. But that's cable TV for ya.
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2015, 12:50:53 PM »
This woman was in the show "Touched by an Angel" before. I figure the new show will appeal to the same audience. I think they'll do all right.

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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2015, 08:23:23 PM »
Quote from: Sam G link=topic=65688.msg1316884#msg1316884

I don't think we believe in making a televised spectacle of it. I think it has the potential to give the wrong impression, that Christianity is a "you ask God and you get what you want" kind of religion.

Why have so many Christians experienced the opposite? 

I don't think Roma Downey is a word-of-faith adherent... she seems to be a faithful evangelical Catholic, albeit on her own terms (she's been divorced twice and her last marriage was officiated by a Protestant).
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2015, 11:34:53 AM »
I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.

Eastern Orthodox believe God doesn't answer petitionary prayers?  That's news to me.
How God answers prayers and what we interpret to be an answer to prayer are two very different things.
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2015, 11:39:37 AM »
I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.

Eastern Orthodox believe God doesn't answer petitionary prayers?  That's news to me.

He does, but not in an 'insert prayer - receive answer' way. God is generally not into instant gratification, not even in the prayer department. ;)

My priest gives a number of sermons every year about this, using the same terminology, "God is not vending machine..."  One of the things that gave me some confusion was the importance of persistence in prayer.  I always felt like I was bugging God.  Yes, there was some impatience on my end, but also a feeling that if God did not answer quickly then I was probably asking for the wrong thing and wasting the Lord's time.  What finally got me over the hump, so to say, was reading the Parable of the Persistent Widow.  The last line (Luke 18.8) I find to be the operative part, though: "I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"  Faith is the key.  If you pray with persistence and faith, sometimes God judges your request worthy.

A bit of a tangent, but alas.

Indeed. Otherwise, we would be accused of repetitious prayers, which we are anyway.
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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2015, 11:39:53 AM »
I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.

Eastern Orthodox believe God doesn't answer petitionary prayers?  That's news to me.

He does, but not in an 'insert prayer - receive answer' way. God is generally not into instant gratification, not even in the prayer department. ;)

My priest gives a number of sermons every year about this, using the same terminology, "God is not vending machine..."  One of the things that gave me some confusion was the importance of persistence in prayer.  I always felt like I was bugging God.  Yes, there was some impatience on my end, but also a feeling that if God did not answer quickly then I was probably asking for the wrong thing and wasting the Lord's time.  What finally got me over the hump, so to say, was reading the Parable of the Persistent Widow.  The last line (Luke 18.8) I find to be the operative part, though: "I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"  Faith is the key.  If you pray with persistence and faith, sometimes God judges your request worthy.

A bit of a tangent, but alas.

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Re: TLC revealing new TV series: "Answered Prayers"
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2015, 12:45:25 PM »
I really would like to know what Roma Downey thinks prayer is.  If she likens it to depositing coins into a slot machine and hoping for a good return, then I think Sam is right:  It is going to be more ammo for secularists/atheists/progressives to further vilify Christian practice.

Eastern Orthodox believe God doesn't answer petitionary prayers?  That's news to me.
How God answers prayers and what we interpret to be an answer to prayer are two very different things.

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