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January 1970 Archives

Strange Fruit: The Cross as a Way of Life (Due out 2010)

posted by Robert Gelinas

(Here's another installment from my current writing project) Frances Xavier Cabrini founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the simple goal of spreading devotion to the heart of Christ through acts of mercy.  During her time […]

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Favorite Book of 2009: The Divine Commodity

posted by Robert Gelinas

Of all the books that I read this past year, The Divine Commodity:  Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity by Skye Jethani, is the one that has proven to be most memorable.   Simply put, this is an elegant book.  Jethani […]

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Favorite Jazz Album of 2009: The Bright Mississippi

posted by Robert Gelinas

I can't stop listening to Allen Toussaint's, "The Bright Mississippi."  If you only buy one jazz album from 2009 this is it.  Toussaint, who is mostly known as an R & B pianist, is joined by Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone), […]

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Merry Christmas from the Gelinas’

posted by Robert Gelinas

 

What’s a jazz theologian?

posted by Robert Gelinas

A Jazz Theologian is someone who knows that jazz is more than music.  Therefore,… We are practicing Christians.  We have spent time in the woodshed learning the old standards.  Now we syncopate, improvise and respond to the call of a Love […]

The Richest Man in Town!

posted by Robert Gelinas

At the end of, "It's a Wonderful Life,"  Harry Bailey proposes a toast George saying, "To my big brother George, the richest man in town." When I look at this picture I feel the same way…   My cup overflows…

Who said it?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Can you guess who said this? Abortion is "the most barbaric method" of family planning, equal to "infanticide."  She also said, "abortion was the wrong way–no matter how early it was performed it was taking a life." If you guessed […]

Just a little boy who wants his Daddy…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Four years old, wandering the streets, drinking a beer…longing for his Daddy.

This has to STOP!!!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Innocent after spending 35 years in prison…Lord, have mercy on us!

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (6)–How the Grinch Stole Christmas

posted by Robert Gelinas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic children's story.  Written by  Dr. Seuss in 1957 it was released as a cartoon in 1966.  But is it a story for children or a message for their parents? How the Grinch […]

Just War Theory vs. Just Peace Theory

posted by Robert Gelinas

Wow, I just finished listening to President Obama's acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize.  I have to admit, I'm familiar with "Just War Theory" but I was not aware of "Just Peace theory."   It takes into account that […]

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (5)–Miracle on 34th Street

posted by Robert Gelinas

34th Street is a place of business & belief (or rather, the struggle to believe).  In the midst of marketing and parades is a little girl who wants to believe and yet is not sure if she can.  The reason […]

I am Tiger Woods? (part 2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I am… …in need of God's amazing grace. …in need of God's mercy to show up daily in my life. …in need of accountability from others.  Not from those who condemn but those who will tell me the truth and […]

I am Tiger Woods? (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Remember Tiger's first Nike commercial? As hard as it may be to admit, it is imperative that we realize that this is still true:  We are ALL Tiger Woods! (to be continued)

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (4)–A Christmas Carol

posted by Robert Gelinas

When Scrooge was told of the plight of the poor and then asked how much he wanted to give he said, "Nothing."  His reason?  There were already institutions caring for the poor so why did he need to get involved? […]

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (3)–A Christmas Carol

posted by Robert Gelinas

Christianity Today has a good article on the background of "A Christmas Carol":  The Darker Side of A Christmas Carol.

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (2)–A Christmas Carol

posted by Robert Gelinas

 The little child, "stooped down at Scrooge's keyhole to regale him with a Christmas carol."  Have you ever wondered what the Christmas carol of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was?  What was the song sung to Ebenezer that caused him […]

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm back from vacation and looking forward to my Advent sermon series:  The Reel Meaning of Christmas. We'll be watching A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street and How the Grinch Stole Christmas together as a congregation on Friday evenings and […]

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