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Blue Like Jazz. Now see the movie.

I haven't read Don Miller's best-selling book by that name but that's not because I was waiting for the movie. I just never got around to reading it. But Steve Taylor's movie Blue Like Jazz is released today and since I will be in San Francisco in a few weeks, so . . . I might go and see it, despite Becky Garrison's suggestion that we should all sit it out, and despite [or because of] the The Gospel Coalition's warning that "the evangelical world will FREAK OUT when they see this movie". Blue Like Jazz might be more suited to Hallmark Channel, as Becky hints, but then I am still interested in low-budget films, especially when they deal with faith journeys and the emerging church. Denver Post liked it.

List of theaters here. Has anyone seen it yet? Did you like it?

Blue Like Jazz Movie

Interesting: Blue Like Jazz film was the top Kickstarter project for 2010. The Business Week article is worth reading:

As for Blue Like Jazz, it raced past its $125,000 goal and raised a Kickstarter film record of $345,992 last October. Taylor's backer in Seattle, seeing the interest, matched that sum and tacked on a little more. Taylor shot the movie for $750,000 and, thanks to new investors who have come on board, has $500,000 remaining for post-production. . .. "I just didn't think this was going to work," he says, "so I said for anyone who gave $10 or more, I would call them and thank them personally." He's about halfway through a notebook of 3,300 names.

 


Thomas Kinkade gone

I heard that Thomas Kinkade passed away suddenly at age 54. Although he might have been "America's most collected living artist",  his paintings never appealed to me. However, my son Samuel loved them as a child and I think his first Bible had Thomas Kinkade paintings all through it. I didn't say I thought they were cheesy because I was hoping he would read his Bible more if he liked the pictures.

Thomas Kincade streams of living waters xlarge


Central Easter Camp

Today a team from Ngatiawa headed over to the Central Easter Camp a little north of Wellington. About 1000 teenagers camping out and journeying through the Easter weekend together. Mostly Baptists but this year some Anglican youth groups are joining in and the Ngatiawa contemporary monastery, where we are staying, have been invited to lead some prayer.

Easter image cross

Our role is helping to create some creative prayer spaces, art stations, hosting the daily rhythms, prayer vigils and midnight mass, etc. And trying to do it in a way that wild young hyperactive teenagers can easily access, hear God's voice and perhaps share that revelation with others through creative arts.