2005 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)
Convention With Focus On
Mel Gibson's The Passion Recut
Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) for 2005 ended with
a banquet and a prestigious award being given to Mel Gibson
for his The Passion of The Christ movie, which I
reviewed extensively in the articles
Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ.
In the NRB Press Release of February 16, the following
information was included.
February 16, 2005
Mel Gibson Accepts Prestigious Award at NRB Closing
Anaheim Convention Center Feb. 11-16, 2005
MANASSAS, Va. – At the NRB
closing banquet on Tuesday night, Mel Gibson was honored
with the Board of Directors Award for his work on “The
Passion of the Christ.” Gibson surprised those in
attendance with his appearance. He thanked NRB members for
helping to make the film so well seen. The NRB Board of
Award honors a Christian who demonstrates integrity,
displays creativity and makes a significant impact on
society. In recognition that broadcasting is not the only
way to witness the power of the Gospel, the award winner
may or may not be in the field of electronic
NRB President Dr. Frank Wright stated, “For Christian
broadcasters, technical quality and innovation....
In other news, Dr. Ron
Harris was also elected as Chairman of the Board, along
with other newly elected board members, which include: Jim
Gwinn (Vice Chair), Janet Parshall (Second Vice),
Rich Bott (Secretary),
Roger Kemp (Treasurer),
Stu Epperson, Bill
Skelton, Michael Little, Bill Blount and Robin Jones.
Dr. James Kennedy and the
late Dr. Steven Olford were inducted into the NRB Hall of
Fame. Former NRB Chairman, Glenn Plummer was also honored
by the NRB for his three years of outstanding service.
....NRB is a non-partisan, international association of
Christian communicators with more than 1,600 member
organizations representing millions of listeners, viewers
and readers. NRB’s three-fold vision is to 1) proclaim the
Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ,..."
[hotlinks added to CNP membership information]
Quoting from the article
Sky Angel , Ron Wyatt & The National Religious Broadcasters
As an aside, many of the channels such as PAX,
and Sky Angel, ran specials about the making of
and one NBC news reporter
discussed the "targeted marketing campaign", and how there was a
"Passion of The Christ" race car running on the NASCAR circuit. She then
spoke about the NRB Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and how the film was being promoted there.
"NRB's sixteen hundred members including radio, TV, and internet organizations reach as many as 140,000,000
Americans each month, a potentially powerful influence to sell tickets, and ultimately they hope, save souls. And the irony that Hollywood, long the object of scorn may help their cause, is not lost on their leaders".
reporter then showed a short clip from an interview with Dr. Frank Wright,
President of the ecumenical NRB, in which he stated, " It is a sense in which this film coming out of Hollywood is a great encouragement, because it's showing the Christian religion in a respectful, and more positive light than others have done."
The NRB issued a February 2001 press release stating that it's
1350 member group was no longer affiliated with the National
Association of Evangelicals (NAE). [PR]
The NRB had been a charter member since the NAE launched in
1944, and both are conduits
Although no longer affiliated with the NAE,
affiliated with many that are members of the NAE and also
those highly connected with the
National Policy (CNP), including the following CNP
members, who are listed in the NRB's Board of Directors
Class of 2005, 2006, 2007 ~
John F. Ankerberg, Ben
G. Atsinger III,
D. James Kennedy , Beverly
Timothy LaHaye, Richard
Paul Pressler, Dr.
"M.G." Pat Robertson, Jay
Jim Woodall .
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the
Christ" movie is being re-released March 11, 2005 in
time for the Easter crowd and is called "The Passion
Recut." According to various sources, the film’s
distributor, NewMarket, has no plans to release this version
on DVD or VHS. Rather, the idea is to release this new "The
Passion Recut" version of the film each year around
for the massive amount of violence and in order to broaden
the audience, Mel Gibson has eliminated about six minutes of
the graphic violence to accommodate those who might be
affected by too much gore and violence. Many are applauding
this move and again the campaign is on to encourage church
goers and any movie goers to support this movie.
Icon Productions’ “THE PASSION RECUT”
will be released by Newmarket Films on Friday, March 11th
in 500-700 theatres nationwide.
“We received many requests to
re-release the film around the Easter holiday,” says
Producer Bruce Davey. “Mel (Gibson) decided he wanted to
recut a version that appealed to a broader audience
without compromising the integrity of the original film
“With ‘THE PASSION RECUT,’ Mel has succeeded in creating
an experience just as emotionally riveting and powerful as
before,” says Newmarket Films President Bob Berney. “The
goal was to try and reach toward a PG-13 level, but the
MPAA felt it still was an R due to the overall intensity
of the film, so we are going out unrated and perhaps it’s
ultimately somewhere in between. The end result is a shift
in tone and balance that makes the film more accessible to
a wider audience, particularly those that had concerns
about some of the extreme moments in the original
In an article released by the
Catholic News Agency on Feb 11 2005 titled "Gibson to
re-release Passion of the Christ", Mel Gibson's partner from
Icon productions, Bruce Davey was quoted as saying "there
are no new scenes, and the cuts are limited to the more
violent aspects of the film, if that's the right term."
It is this writers opinion, that removing the many scenes
that are based on the non-Biblical accounts of the Catholic
mystics Emmerich, Mary of Agreda and Saint Bridget, the
historically inaccurate information and the clearly
Biblically inaccurate information, would
probably be a wise decision as well. The problem being, that
Mr. Gibson would end up with the opening and ending credits,
with a very short film in between.
We are reminded:
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not
unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and
what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part
hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I
will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons
and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
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Convention With Focus On
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