(RNS) — Who knew that a simple meeting between a preacher and a pundit would be so controversial? But it starts to make sense when you consider the preacher. And the pundit. And the meeting itself.

At First Baptist Dallas last Sunday, pastor Robert Jeffress took time out of his worship service for nearly 15 minutes to interview conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity. The purpose of the meeting was to promote the feature film “Let There Be Light,” which Hannity executive produced. The movie tells the story of a combative atheist, Dr. Sol Harkens, who eventually converts to Christianity. Early reviews of the film have been overwhelmingly negative, but the narrative will likely connect with heartland Christian audiences who believe their worldview is under attack from atheists and secularists.

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