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What is a Christian? (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Born in 1818 as a slave in Maryland, Frederick Douglas struggled deeply with the true definition of a Christian.  He wrote the following in, "A Narrative Life of a Slave." "Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of […]

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What is a Christian? (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I once had a conversation with Carl Ellis in which he led me through the Salvific Paradigms of Jesus.  We usually want to know if someone is “born-again.”  But how many times did Jesus ask someone to become “born again?”  […]

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What is a Christian? (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

How one answers this questions depends a lot on whether or not you approach it from a Classical or Jazz based perspective. I’d love to hear what you think–What is a Christian?

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Satchmo–a final thought for now…

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’ll spend a lot of time on Louis in days to come but here’s a final thought for now. What made him such a great ambassador for jazz?  What accounts for his world wide influence?  Some say it was his […]

Satchmo (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz before Louis Armstrong was a localized art form and after Armstrong it was a world wide phenomenon.  What was it about this man and his music?  As you read the lyrics you can hear his voice… I see trees […]

Satchmo–The Global implications of a Jazz-Based Faith (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I was just listening to "THE MAN"…Louis Armstrong…The Apostle Paul of Jazz.  We have much to learn from him about how to go global. "Satchmo" was short for satchelmouth because of the size of his mouth!

Jazzaneutics–Conclusion

posted by Robert Gelinas

Can we do what the writers of scripture did?  Take the 23rd Psalm.  Classically speaking we should seek to understand all the ins and outs of the sheeping business, as many have, and we can benefit much from the metaphor […]

Jazzaneutics p4

posted by Robert Gelinas

What if we are meant to understand the scriptures by doing them?    For example, when we read passages like Nehemiah 1 or Daniel 9 we discover two men confessing the sins of their people.  What does it mean to […]

Jazzaneutics p3

posted by Robert Gelinas

When we read our Bibles, where do we find the meaning?  Is the meaning of our Bibles in what the author is saying or doing?  If the main point of the scriptures is primarily in what is being said than […]

Jazzaneutics p2

posted by Robert Gelinas

Where is meaning located?  In classical thought, meaning approached cognitively and this approach has had a profound effect on the way we read our Bibles.  Hermeneutics is an approach to reading our Bibles using the classical empirical method.  The basic […]

Jazzaneutics p1

posted by Robert Gelinas

This is the greek god Hermes. Have you thought about how you have been relying on him to read your Bible?

The Tension of the hyphen–Bridges to God

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’ve struggled with this last post on hyphenization because of how deeply it is touching my soul. Forgive me for playing it safe. The beauty of a jazz musician, "lies in their ability not simply to hit a musical note […]

Divided-Identity–Hyphenization (part 3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Slaves were "de-Africanized" almost immediately. But upon arriving in the new land, "Africans in America needed not think even for a moment that they were American’s. The beatings, lynchings, and the psychological demoralization of having to call someone ‘master’ experientially […]

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