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Discovering the Gospel In Jazz–Here’s some pictures from this week’s class

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz_july_25_07_9 For those of you who were present…What did the Lord say to you?  Is there anything that has stuck in your mind?

Don’t forget your homework–Apply Call & Response, syncopation and improvisation to your walk with God and how you help others walk with God.

Ask someone the question, "When did you first experience the presence of God?" 

Don’t forget, we are made in the image of the most creative being in the universe!

Also, check out Nicole Walters reflections on what was going on with her as she sang, God Bless the Child–remember, it’s not always what is being sung but why.  (click here)

Stay in the groove,

robert

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Sarah

posted July 25, 2007 at 11:22 pm


Two thoughts:
1. “Unfree in a free land”…perhaps that’s why Foster Children are so angry…they see injustice and are powerless.
2. Your use of Call and Response, Syncopation and Improvisation in presenting the gospel was very challenging — and exciting:
To remember God has ALREADY called them — It’s not my job to do it/conjure it.
To remember the questions/mysteries in their lives are INTENTIONAL by God — I don’t have to explain them away/justify God.
To know the HOLY SPIRIT will be there 100% of the time to give me the words to say — I don’t have to approach sharing the Good News with fear or uncertainty in my own abilities/understanding.
He will set people free. If I get to be involved, it is in the middle of the call -I am not the beginning, nor the end.



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kaarina

posted July 25, 2007 at 11:49 pm


These nights are a treat for me… refreshing, challenging, and beautiful.
Thought stirred by “Jazz Shaped Evangelism”
– The best of jazz musicians don’t “know” a wrong note. They can all be used… some to build tension, others to resolve. So it is with the Lord and our evangelism.



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a fallen soldier

posted July 26, 2007 at 4:34 am


Your thoughts describing the notion of paradox beg pondering. I have two additional words that can be considered substitutions of “Paradox.” To me Paradox can also be synonymous with Paralysis and Dissonance. In fact I think you may consider adding the ingredient of Dissonance to your essential elements of Jazz. Dissonance however yearns for resolution. In fact its very purpose for existence is resolution. My very make up requires, yearns for resolution and harmony. This being said, does a walk with Christ on earth require succumbing to a life of paralysis, a life of disharmony, a life of dissonance? I suspect that the answers to my questions are a resounding yes. On this side of heaven that is the most we can look forward to. This also being said, how do we pratically find the path to the “Third Way?” If we do not recogize the characteristics and attributes of the “Third Way” we are destined to live a life “in the Rut” as you say. When I think of your visual representation of Tension – your fists appart and unable to meet – I think of being stuck. I think of hopelessness. I think of surrendering and becoming a prisoner of war. The “Third Way” averts me.



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laurabell

posted July 26, 2007 at 10:13 am


I thought of dissonance too, last night. Paul came to my mind–he did not write all of his letters because he wanted to do so, he had to write letters because of his circumstances–and this great source of frustration for him is now a large portion of the New Testament. All of us experience hopelessness and paralysis on our journey, but we undoubtedly are surprised by joy and touched by grace in ways we never imagined possible.
This opportunity to think about these things and “unpack” them as Robert says, is a long time coming for me.
One last comment: I will not soon forget the experience of listening to Chris Lang’s story about his daughter and the feelings that washed over me when we sang his song about her. Peace, dear friends.



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Dan Wolgemuth

posted July 26, 2007 at 4:36 pm


The challenge of living inside the confines of tension created a wonderful opportunity to sort through a conflict at work. I work for a Christian ministry and was able to apply the concept of natural and appropriate tension to a conflict that existed on my team. I used the words of Paul in Ephesians 4 where he challenges the church to live as “one”, but to appropriately use the gifts that God has given. I’m thankful for the insight that this Jazz perspective is bringing to my walk with Christ.



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