The Jazz Theologian

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“Tragicomic Hope” (p4)

The gospel is for those whose lives have reached tragicomic proportions.  When you read Paul’s description of his life in Romans 7, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Tragedy "I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…What a wretched man I am!…Who will rescue me from this body of death?"

We fully experience the gospel when we are singing the blues.  There is something about seeing how utterly absurd it is to sin in light of such a magnificent God that brings us to a place of comedic tragedy.  Ken Boa said it so well…


"Only Christ himself can live the Christian life, and he does this in us and through us." (p103, Conformed to His Image)

When we let that sink in then we are ready to receive the gospel in its totality–"Christ in you the hope of glory." (Col. 1) Or as Jesus said, it’s all about a vine and branches so that Christ can live the Christian life in us and through us.

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posted June 11, 2007 at 1:48 pm

Thank you, Robert. I think this is a concept I’ve always struggled with– that life is full of surprises. I’m forever surprised at the dumb things I do, and surprised again that God chooses to use me anyway.
As I read your post, I began to wonder who I would be surprised by God using– is there someone I overlook, or perhaps look down on…the snooty lady? my boss? my own relative? May I always be open to letting God surprise me.

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posted June 12, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Tell me Doodle…Who are you?

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Holly Beran

posted June 16, 2007 at 2:47 pm

Well, having a psudonymn was fun while it lasted, but I suppose having a real name is better…more honest. The “Tragicomic Hope” series really made me think. Thanks.

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Holly Beran

posted June 16, 2007 at 11:11 pm

(I attend Colorado Community. Since you announced your blog on Sunday, I decided to check it out…)

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