Blue Like JAZZ or Red Like BLOOD?

Posted on March 22, 2012 · Posted in Culture, Gospel

Blue Like JAZZ or Red Like BLOOD?

Blue Like Jazz, the movie, is set to hit the theaters April 13.  The hype is big.  South by Southwest premiered it on March 10.  Relevant Magazine is featuring information about the movie tour on their website.  This is great, but there’s one major problem:

The gospel is missing.

The great thing about the book Blue Like Jazz is that Don Miller is a fantastic writer. Blue Like Jazz wrestles honestly with the intersection of life and faith.  Miller’s open and engaging style appeals to those (both Christian and non-Christian) looking for an honest conversation about making sense of the world we live in.  The release of the Blue Like Jazz movie has tremendous potential to present Christianity as profoundly relevant to daily life.  So what’s the problem?

The gospel is missing.  And without the gospel, all the cool, relevant, honest writing in the world is powerless to transform us.

Over the next several months the Red Like Blood blog will be featuring reviews and commentary on the Blue Like Jazz movie.  The release of this movie will create a resurgence of interest in Blue Like Jazz and the conversation it has started.  Red Like Blood was written to take that conversation to the place it becomes truly relevant – the cross.

The authors of Red Like Blood have recently set up a new website: www.bluelikejazzorredlikeblood.com, where they will point visitors to their reviews and commentary on the Blue Like Jazz movie.  We’re looking for ways to get the word out about this new website, and we’d like your help.  Donald Miller says Jazz doesn’t resolve. He’s right. But God’s plan of redemption does resolve. At the cross.

As the release of the Blue Like Jazz movie takes place, we will keep you informed of ways that you and your readers can participate in this exciting opportunity to showcase the gospel.

Aaron Tripp

Shepherd Press

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.