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May 2008 Archives

Down by the Riverside (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Parentless children is a global crisis with over 140 million orphans world wide. One day, I received an email from a woman in our church about a little girl available for adoption in Ethiopia.  At that time my wife, Barbara, […]

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Down by the Riverside (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I think that she was down by the riverside to see if there was anything she could do.  Powerless to change her father's will and unable to stop the horror upstream she went down by the riverside and immersed herself […]

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Down by the Riverside (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

"Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile river to bathe…"  (Ex. 2.5) She went down to the river to bath.  Doesn't that seem odd to you? Pharaoh's daugther, raised in royalty, was bathing in the NILE river?  Why would […]

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Clark Terry does “Mumbles” on Legends of Jazz

posted by Robert Gelinas

Becoming Strange Fruit (p4)–Resolution, Pursuance and Psalm

posted by Robert Gelinas

Resolution follows Acknowledgement Resolution:  Jesus in his death was showing us how to live.  Once we hear the call we must resolve to respond.  This part of the cross-examen is a prayerful consent to embrace the excruciating life.  May have […]

Becoming Strange Fruit (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jesuit Christians daily practice the Prayer of Examen.  It is a simple form of prayer that seeks to develop receptiveness to the call of God for the purpose of a response. We need to "examen" the cross not "examine" the […]

Becoming Strange Fruit (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

The English word "excruciating" comes from the Latin "excruciare" meaning "out of the cross."  It is a wrod invented specifically to describe the pain of crucifixion.  We must never minimize the cross.  it is the center of our faith.  In […]

Becoming Strange Fruit (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Apostle Peter understood that we are to become strange fruit.  Legend says that he was crucified, literally, upside-down.  He in turn calls us all to see the cross as a pattern for our lives. To this you were called, […]

Syncopating, Improvising and Responding to the Call of a Love Supreme (p5)

posted by Robert Gelinas

How do you follow strange fruit? We must know the answer to that question.  It was Robert Lewis who wrote that, "We could not make sense of the New Testament in particular, or Christianity in general, without its central figure–Jesus […]

Syncopating, Improvising and Responding to the Call of a Love Supreme (p4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Former slave Ida B. Wells launched a campaign against lynching.  She and her five brothers and sisters were orphaned after the death of her parents.  At the age of sixteen she stood for keeping her disintegrating family together and though […]

Five Points Jazz Festival this Saturday

posted by Robert Gelinas

For those of you in Denver looking for something to do this weekend check out the Five Points Jazz Festival.

Syncopating, Improvising and Responding to the Call of a Love Supreme (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

That is the question isn’t it?  How do you follow strange fruit?  We as followers of Christ wrestle with that everyday.  How do we follow strange–unnatural–fruit.  For the loveliest lynchee was our Lord! Without Sanctuary:  Lynching Photography in America is […]

Syncopating, Improvising and Responding to the Call of a Love Supreme (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Abe Meeropol was a school teacher in the Bronx.  After seeing one of these pictures he put pen to paper and wrote the disturbing and undeniable poem Strange Fruit. He convinced jazz singer Billy Holiday to lend her distinct voice […]

Look…It’s a bird…No, it’s a plane…No, it’s…

posted by Robert Gelinas

My love…You are beyond description.  As it was sung at our wedding, "If you find a love that’s tender, if you find a love that’s true, then thank the Lord, He’s been doubly good to you." Barbara, you are proof […]

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Jazz:  On the Cusp of a Golden Age?

Syncopating, Improvising and Responding to the Call of a Love Supreme (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Strange Fruit used to hang from trees in America. Col. Charles Lynch was a Justice of the Peace with his own kind of justice in the late 1700’s.  He would hold illegal trials and upon convictions, would tie the suspect […]

What’s a jazz-shaped faith? (review p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

There are three fundamentals to jazz and thus a jazz shaped faith. Syncopation:  Accenting the offbeat.  This is what allows jazz to swing and when applied to prayer or bible study it brings to light, not hidden meaning but meaning […]

What’s a jazz-shaped faith? (review p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

When we realize that jazz is more than music than  whole new way of living the Christian faith emerges.  One that leads to creativity in our walk with God and relationships that resemble an ensemble so that we can find […]

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