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Love the Facebook quote. So true.

I'm gonna thank the eight pastors who said, "No", as well!

I'm so glad to hear someone I respect say that they don't think Blue Like Jazz is worth it. (I can only sit and think of what $125,000 could do in a different context.)

On Producer v. Artist: What if we're truly, truly not a good producer, at all? What if we need to keep doing our artist thing well and hire the producer?

Mike and I were introduced to Barton Damer at the Gurus Conference in Louisville last summer. His work is excellent.

Thanks again for Story.

I love that you said what I was afraid to say about "Blue Like Jazz" the movie.

All the musicians at STORY were good, Ben, but Sons & Daughters was the absolute prize among them all. I've listened to "All the Poor & Powerless" a few times online in the last few days. It's good, but pales in comparison to hearing and worshipping with them LIVE!

Interesting about 'Blue Like Jazz.' It's true though. If it would make a good movie, why can't they find somebody to bankroll it?

"I can't take credit for the eclectic and fascinating line-up of creative practictioners who spoke at STORY. I have to thank the eight pastors who initially said no." - love it.

also, i've never even read blue like jazz. which, i know, seriously calls into account my salvation.

I can understand your concerns about a "Blue Like Jazz" movie, but the one scene that really compelled me in the book was the challenge that Don and friends did at his school. Which was "The Confession Booth".
For that alone, I would really like to see this movie.
That scene alone could be worth it, because it has so much room to communicate to a lost audience.
It was great reading that part, but to see it on think.

Hey Ben,

Although you don't know me, I hope you can understand what I am about to say is coming from my heart. I guess I just don't understand why you would make the comment about Blue Like Jazz and how it would make a lousy movie. I know we're all entitled to our own opinion, but for someone who is at the head of a movement called, "Dream Year," I am kind of confused why you would knock on someone else's dream? I love what you stand for and I check your blog almost daily because of all the great stuff you post. I truly love what you're doing and I believe God is using you in HUGE ways, but I guess that comment just left a bad taste in my mouth. I have a tendency to do the same thing. I will talk about different churches or pastors that I feel are making choices different than what I would do. I have had people in my life help me realize that all I'm doing is speaking against what God may be doing in their lives. I respect both you and Don Miller and am incredibly thankful for the impact both of you have had on my life through your writings. Know that I pray for both you and your family that God blesses you and continues to exceed your expectations in all your awesome endeavors. Much love.

Tim Viola

Tim, encouraging people to follow their dreams doesn't require that I support all of them. In fact, much of the Dream Year process is about refining people's dreams. That's why they pay good money to be a part of it.

1, 2 and 3 ARE ON POINT!

Love 7 and looking forward to reading it!


Love Wednesday rundown lists!

Watched & listened to then opener on Blaine's blog. Wow! Amazed by the creative energy you guys have. I'm more a producer than an artist but I appreciate the artists a great deal. Love to read that article if you are looking to share. :)

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