Well, my crew and I are getting ready to head out on the road once again for a few brief stops in Texas (Lubbock and Dallas) to film with Andrew Farley (The Naked Gospel) and Jack Deere, respectively, and then on to California to film with George Barna (the Barna Research Group) and Kris Vallotton at Bethel Church in Redding. This one will be all interviews, all the time, which is easier on both me and my crew, for sure. Please keep us in your prayers, though, as our schedule will be insane, and this will be the first time in a long time that Matt Bilen won’t be joining us on a shoot as he and his wife (my sister) will be traveling to Ethiopia to pick up their new daughter, Zion. We’ll be bringing along a student-in-training from Judson for the first time on a shoot, so it will certainly bring with it a different dynamic, but Braden and I are excited about the possibility of being able to train more like this in the future. We don’t want to be the only ones doing this, after all!
In the meantime, we are gearing up for the Furious Love Event in Monroe, Michigan next month, and I want to encourage any of you who have been affected by our films to sign up for this Event. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime meeting, that’s for sure! If money is an issue for you, contact us and let us know. We want everyone there who is supposed to be there, everyone who is truly hungry for more of this limitless and wonderful God we serve.
I am currently in the middle of editing our next film, a documentary about UFC legend Ken Shamrock, and am about 1/3 of the way through the rough edit. It moves fast and will be a lot different from our first two films, which is exciting for us. I always want to push myself as a storyteller, and as just one example, have forbidden myself from doing any kind of voice-over for this film. We’ll be shooting some “narrative” inserts this Spring with my young son, Stryder, standing in for the boy Ken Shamrock, which should be a lot of fun. His big sister, the actress of the family, is already swimming in jealousy that her little brother gets to be in a big movie before she does!
For me personally, one of the most exciting events of late is the release of my first book, Filming God. You can pick it up right now in our store online, and it should start to show up in bookstores soon (request it if you prefer to get it the more “traditional” way). If you have ever wondered what it has been like over the last three years, traveling the world and meeting all of these people and seeing all of these things, then you’re going to love this book. I tried to make it funny yet powerful. It is, after all, my journey from skepticism to true belief. My hope is that it will both entertain and stretch you.
Look for more video blogs coming soon! And don’t forget to sign up for the Furious Love Event today!