The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

Ensemble Community (p5)

Practicemakesperfect Ensemble Community has a variety of assumptions.

When somebody shows up at a jam session it is assumed that they have an instrument and that they have spent a lot of alone time honing their chops.  There are Jazz Standards that any good jazz musician knows by heart.  In summary, the basic assumption of Ensemble Community is Practice, Practice, Practice!

Mastery is not expected, nor is flawlessness, but a basic understanding of the essential grooves and riffs is not only needed but expected.  What if that was the expectation that we had of fellow Christians?  What if we assumed that we were all Practicing Christians.


We often hear of Jews referred to as "Cultural Jews" and "Practicing Jews,"–are we at the point that we need to make these distinctions among Christians?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to assume of any Christian that you encounter that they are "practicing."–that they have a basic understanding of the essential groove of God and that while perfection is not expected, you can at least jam together?

What would you like to be able to assume of everyone who calls themselves a Christian?  What would your top three Christian practices be?

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posted June 15, 2006 at 11:37 am

hi, just found your site and I dig it. I was a jazz bassist in my twenties before I had to really start making a living, so the use of a christian-jazz model makes sense to me.
Three practices would be prayer, meditation, and reading scripture.
I approach my praying, a bit like I use to practice my instrument. By reading other prayers I am learning the phrases (like transcribing a good solo). When I pray, I start with a one bar theme, and then branch out from there.
Of course it has to be real to God, not about a technique, but I liken learning to pray as an art of imporvisation.
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Ted Gossard

posted July 26, 2006 at 1:13 am

Wow. Good stuff.
To really be concerned about living out “the Jesus creed” of loving God and our neighbor. Displaying this in deeds/life and words.
To be a person of the Word/Scripture and prayer. While being a person in the world and of the world of people. Not just way out there. But right here. And others knowing that (even when we may not agree as to how all of that is lived out. we at least agree that we’re seeking to follow…)
Being devoted to living out this faith together, as one body, in Jesus.
Thanks, Jazz theo.

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