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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Anne Rice, Jesus, and Fox News

While I was getting ready today to each lunch with Todd Pellowe, I caught Anne Rice on Fox News talking about her new book Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. I admit, I did not know anything of Anne Rice until the recent news about her own exodus from vampire fiction, but it appears that her life has been transformed by Jesus Christ. As a result, with the tremendous influence and readership through her previous works, she could be a great servant of the gospel to a large group of people written off by many in Christianity. Also in the short segment, Rice commented on Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, calling it "silly fiction" and baseless. Also, being from New Orleans, she was asked about to comment about the human suffering and pain caused by Katrina and how God fit into that equation. She answered with a solid defense of divine providence and said that we do not have to explain everything away. She shared her newfound love for Jesus and telling his story - a story that has occupied her mind and will be manifested in a four-book series on the life of Jesus. Rice says, "I promised that from now on I would write only for the Lord." I look forward to seeing how people respond to her - both from the Christian as well as non-Christian sides. Also, I will be interested in how historical, scholarly, and faithful to the Scriptures her portrayal of the life of Jesus will be. To read her interview with Newsweek, click here.

4 Comments:

Blogger Bob J. said...

Anne Rice gave up and sold out, that's all. Her life follows a trajectory from alcoholism through creative genius, on to depleted hack and now she has found her new (old) drug, Catholicism. The sad things we do when we get old and scared.

11/04/2005 04:53:00 PM

 
Blogger Timmy said...

Bob,

I don't know if Rice is a Catholic, Protestant, or Evangelical. What I do know is what has been reported. As far as it being a "drug" I guess you are referring to religion being "the opiate of the masses."

Christianity is not embraced because someone gets "old and scared" but come to understand that the only hope for wretched sinners is Jesus Christ of Nazareth and his redemptive work on the cross. It is my hope that you would consider the boundless treasure of knowing Jesus Christ as Rice has - and find that being a Christian really is about giving and selling out. It was Jesus who gave Himself for sinners, and he was sold out for 30 shekels of silver, yet for those who know him, he is the pearl of great price which we joyfully sell at we have to have Him. Though this may sound obnoxious and absurd to you, to us he is Life. Rice was delivered "from the dominion of darkness" and was transferred into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." May God extend to you the same grace which Rice has received.

11/04/2005 05:47:00 PM

 
Blogger Leah said...

I read an interview with her and, while I do hope that her relationship with Jesus is balanced and growing, I saw that she had speculated a few scenarios from Jesus' childhood. In one spot, she says Jesus stikes a bully dead and then resurrects him. Also she states that James was Jesus' brother by Joseph's previous marriage, and that he studied with Philo. Not things that are stated in scripture, so we'll see.

11/11/2005 11:56:00 AM

 
Blogger Leah said...

If you haven't read the article, you can at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9785289/site/newsweek/

11/11/2005 11:56:00 AM

 

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