Who is this Jamin guy anyway?
I am the husband of one and the father of nine. I was created to sing, to worship, to encourage, and to be steady. I am the Owner & Executive Director of Trinity Arts Center, a multi-disciplinary Arts Center in Eastern Tennessee, and the President of Trinity Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on funding arts education and performance. I've been involved with four music projects in my life -- Hot Pink Turtle, Spin Radio, Stand Like Stone, and of course, Jamin Rathbun.

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box_bible bible

Judges 1:6-7
Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes... The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.

The Israelites of the OT weren't playing around. = )

Every now and then I wonder if we, as Christians and United States citizens, are too hesitant to oppose the ungodly. I don't want to dig too deeply into this topic until I've thought it through a bit more but -- I wanted to throw it out there for consideration. How should The Church, and we as individual Christians, respond to the activities of the ungodly? Before you answer, here are a couple passage for consideration...

Psalm 139:21-22
Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

James 1:23-24
Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear -- hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

That's a far cry from "love the sinner, hate the sin" isnt' it?

box_stuff stuff

How we treat prospects vs. how we treat customers.
I stumbled across this article over at Creating Passionate Users.

From the article:
"Why do so many companies treat potential users so much better than existing users? Think about it. The brochure is a thing of beauty, while the user manual is a thing of boredom. The brochure gets the big budget while the manual gets the big index. What if we stopped making the docs we give away for free SO much nicer than the ones the user paid for? What if instead of seducing potential users to buy, we seduced existing users to learn?"

This is a message I preach often to the companies I work with. Meet the needs of your customers and they will evangelize and "market" your product or service for you. So... How do you do that? I can talk all day about this topic but, let me start with just one piece of advice.

No matter how complex the application. No matter how complicated the features or services. No matter how many resources are involved... Have ONE decision maker!

Divided authority is the death of any project. Pick one guy to manage the project. One guy to ask the right questions. One guy to look at all the angles. And one guy to ultimately say yes or no. Those are all the same guy, by the way. I know some of you executives out there are saying that you've got a great guy for the first three but that you are the last guy. That won't work. Ground breaking software companies like Adobe & Macromedia succeed because their product managers own the product. It is their baby. It's a lot like raising children. You may have your PHD in early childhood education but I know my child. = )

Now that doesn't mean that there won't be opinions, input, expertise, advice, and insight from lots of people with lot of different perspectives but -- the guy responsible for the success of the project needs to be the guy (or girl) that makes the call. Any other arrangement will, not just can, but will result in failure.

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