Thinking Out Loud

November 30, 2009

Robert A. Schuller Returns to Television in a Different Format

This is an item that’s over 18 months old as of July, 2011.  If a search engine directed you here, consider using the search tab at right to look up more recent info on “Crystal Cathedral” or “Robert Schuller” including this recent piece.

Robert A. Schuller returned to television this week in a vastly different format to what we’re accustomed to seeing.   Everyday Life on the American Life Network was, well, here’s the bullet points:

  • 23 minute — online anyway, broadcast version may have had commercials — narrative story with RAS as the narrator, popping in and out to talk to the audience
  • High quality film production; more like H2O than Nooma with credible acting and a realistic story line; and a mystery character a la books like The Noticer or Bo’s Café.
  • Not preachy, which is what they were going for; your unchurched friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers would watch this; there’s no sermon at all, but sometimes a story can ‘preach it’ better than a sermon can.
  • Nonetheless, some thought provoking concepts: “The thing about ‘destiny’ is, only the soul sees it coming, when it arrives it always seems like a surprise.”    Chew on that one.
  • Not actually very Christocentric or even ‘religious’ at all; that may draw some criticism,  but you have to remember this is the first episode of a series; a relationship with the audience will be built over time and the storyline will continue.  There’s a bit of foreshadowing of that at the 14:50 mark.

Verdict:   Too soon to tell.  Generally an affable program that will take several episodes to fully define itself.

Posture:   Encouragement.   Looking forward to the next installment.   Is this weekly?  Monthly?  Not sure.

Anything on this blog concerning Robert Schuller has generated a lot of comments on a site that is usually fair on readership but low on comments.   However, most of these comments have been directed to RAS, which drove me nuts once or twice.   That’s not normally how blogging works.  However, I’ve figured out a channel whereby I will get those comments to Robert and Donna; and I know there is large outpouring of love that people want to post online.

So…are you ready to watch the first episode?  Here’s the link to American Life Television; Everyday Life is the first video that starts rolling as soon as you arrive.

The next broadcast airing is Friday, December 4th at 4:30 PM

Bonus: Here’s a 4-minute interview Robert’s daughter Angie did concerning the new series.   (Where you can also leave comments after watching the show.)


  1. Could you please tell me what the name of the opera singer is who was on the Dec. 13,2009 show. I believe his first name was Brian. I would really appreciate it greatly if someone would let me know his name (I have to get this for my Mom) Thank you so much,

    Comment by Sondra Garrett — December 25, 2009 @ 12:54 am

  2. Dear Rev. Schuller
    I enjoyed you and your wife Donna when you were on Hour of Power – the Holy Spirit was very pressent in your lifes and in the services.
    Keep up the wonderful work the Lord has put before you and yours. I’ll keep all of you in my prayers. I watch your TV station here in Florida on Brighthouse.

    Comment by Doris Hill Tompkins — March 26, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

  3. Dear Rob, Donna & Family. I just found all your story on line. I watched the Crystal Cathedral for years but it is not the same without you. I thought you were becoming so carismatic , which I loved. We are called in the Bible to preach, sing, dance & such before the Lord. I felt you were really reaching that point. You are so missed & the program is not the same without you. You asre a beautiful family & we pray God’s richest blessing on each of you. Hope to see you ministering again on T.V. I have belonged to the Sparrows Club off & on for some time. I am from Canada & the service ministered to my heart so many times.

    Gold Bless You
    In Christ`s Name
    Shari Knapp

    Comment by Shari Knapp — April 26, 2010 @ 12:25 am

  4. I just tuned in to see you and your daughter on a interview. I have not been able to pick you up on TV living in Ft. Myers, Fl. I still watch Hour of Power, but sure miss your messages and you and your family.

    Comment by Glenda Byers — June 20, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  5. Rev.Schuller, it is sad to see what has happened to you and your church. Dad need to look around,iti s time fo rchange the church has to grow and the youth is the future ofthe church. My wife and I have stopped watching and sending donations to the Crystal Cathedral.
    It is time for dad to swallow his pride and ask you to return. The future of the Church resting you getting the young people back.
    I know that alot of people left the church when you left.
    I know our church is not kid-oriented average age is 68 and their thinking that we don’t need the young.Our church wil ldie in ten years, because we don;t have any young people. Hope Dad will see the error of his ways.

    Don and Donn Cocking

    Comment by Don And Donna Cocking — November 10, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  6. […] November 30, 2009 (Everyday Life TV Show announced) […]

    Pingback by The Schuller Family: For Greater Contrast, Skip a Generation « Thinking Out Loud — December 7, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  7. How can I get an E-Mail to Dr Robert A?

    Comment by Bruce Friedberg — January 31, 2011 @ 6:01 am

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