An documentary airing on ABC-TV stations has drawn the attention of an NBC-TV station.

On Tuesday, KPLC-TV carried a news story about “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims.”


“It has a lot of people talking, including one of Hollywood’s biggest stars,” said Cynthia Arceneaux, the evening anchor for the Lake Charles, La., NBC-affiliate station.


The news story then showed a clip of movie actor Denzel Washington asking the hosts of the Black Entertainment Television’s “106 and Park” if they had seen the documentary.

In a program last week mostly about his new movie, “The Book of Eli,” the Oscar-winning actor drew attention to’s documentary as a positive example of Christians and Muslims getting together.


KPLC-TV’s two-minute news story included clips from the documentary and an interview with Samuel C. Tolbert, pastor of Greater Saint Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Charles, one of the program’s interviewees.


“The documentary has already aired in our area. But we have provided links to the site where you can order a DVD of the documentary,” concluded Arceneaux.


Across the country, Terry Kendrick watched the documentary in early January and did a commentary on Montana Public Radio.


“I admit I have nearly as many negative stereotypes about Southern Baptists as I do about Muslims,” she said.


“The film shows what can happen when people really seek to understand one another. The people interviewed addressed that both faiths have extremists but they are not the majority of the population. Representatives from both faiths said they had an obligation to counter the rhetoric of their own extremists,” said Kendrick. “The documentary doesn’t focus on the differences between the faiths but rather the similarity in the teachings to love thy neighbor.”


She said, “As I watched the film, I started to relax, to feel proud, even hopeful, and feel like the world really is a great place and inhabited by truly remarkable people.”


Jim Hill, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Missouri, blogged about the documentary after viewing it on Columbia’s KMIZ-TV.


“It is an excellent documentary and addresses the ways in which people of differing faiths can have constructive dialogue and positive relationships,” he wrote.


WAAY-TV, the ABC affiliate in Huntsville, Ala., did a video-feature story on Cliff Vaughn, a co-producer of the documentary, who had worked at the station as a college student. The station aired the story multiple times.



Clearly, “Different Books, Common Word” is getting good coverage and commentary from a variety of sources.


American Baptist Churches-USA leaders have shared that they, too, have gotten positive feedback from those who have seen the program that has been broadcast so far on more than 120 ABC-TV stations.


Another dozen stations have announced upcoming broadcast times, including these stations:


Saturday, Jan. 23


Rochester, N.Y., (WHAM) at 2:30 p.m.


Sunday, Jan. 24


Binghamton, N.Y., (WIVT) at 1 p.m.


Honolulu (KITV, KHVO and KMAU) at 9 a.m.


Nampa, Ill., (KIVI) at 1 p.m.


Topeka, Kan., (KTKA) at 11:30 a.m.


Sunday, Jan. 31


Rockford, Ill., (WTVO) at 5 a.m.


Saturday, Feb. 6


Norfolk, Va., (WVEC) at 2:00 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 7


Bangor, Maine, (WVII) at 5 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 14


Roanoke, Va., (WSET) at 6 a.m.


Tulsa, Okla., (KTUL) at 12 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 21


Tucson, Ariz., (KGUN) at 9:30 a.m.


If your ABC-TV station has not aired the documentary or announced the broadcast time, contact the station general manager and/or program director. Encourage him or her to air the documentary, pointing out the overwhelming positive reception that the program has gotten across the country.


Robert Parham is executive editor of and executive director of its parent organization, the Baptist Center for Ethics.


To order the documentary on DVD, click here.

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