The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

Who am I?

Who am I?  It’s a question that I have tried to answer all of my life.  Maybe it is because I didn’t have a daddy.  Or the fact that I was the only black person in my family and no one would explain why.

Who am I?  Sometimes it feels like I’m the only one who doesn’t know.  Others look at me and it seems so obvious to them.  Honestly, though, I still trying to figure out what I do and why I do it?  Maybe this is on my mind because I just turned 38.  Barring an early heart attack or accident, I just passed the half way point of my life…I feel like I should have an answer to the question…

Who am I?  I don’t know.  But I know the One I am called too and called to serve.

Who am I? Why does it matter? 


Any definition of myself that does not begin and end with that is inadequate.  Perhaps the more important quesiton is, "Who is God?"

I’m glad heaven is forever…that one’s going to take a while!

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posted November 16, 2007 at 3:46 pm

I remember sitting in the church one day and something happened that had never happened to me before. I’ve been in church all my life and this is the first time I was older then the senior pastor. I thought to myself does this mean I’ve hit middle age…really, I’m only 41? To find the middle of something you have to know the beginning (my birthdate) and the end(the day I die) which I don’t know so its impossible to know the middle of something if you don’t know the beginning or the end. Then of course you can throw in the christian perspective of eternity in heaven. What’s the middle between my birthday and eternity? I’m happy to know I’ll never reach middle age. Its impossible. Yet I find myself still asking myself Who Am I? What is my Purpose? Where do I fit in? Some people are born knowing who they are and what they are supposed to do. That’s not been me. Mine has been an endless search and it feels like a unanswerable mystery. I know I’m a child of God but I still find myself asking these questions in relation to his kingdom. Who Am I? Where do I fit in?

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robert gelinas

posted November 26, 2007 at 7:15 am

“What’s the middle between my birday and eternity?” That sentence spoke to me. I’m 38 and if the average life expectancy of a man is 74, then I just past my half-way point.
How comforting it is that we only begin to answer the, “Who am I?” question here and we live it out for eternity.

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posted November 28, 2007 at 8:42 pm

I would like to refer you to the blog written by Dr. Robert Godwin, called One Cosmos. In today’s post he mentions the free jazz movement of the 60s. He is in constant battle with the leading writers of the atheist left. You can access his blog at

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