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Is it our turn now?

posted by Robert Gelinas

When Muslim extremists plan and carry out acts of terror you often hear calls for mainstream Muslim’s to denounce their fringe brethren.  The “Hutaree,” a Christian militia group was apparently planning to bring about Armageddon.  These “Christian Warriors” were preparing […]

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What do you look for in an Easter sermon?

posted by Robert Gelinas

This is the week…Easter…The celebration of the resurrection.  More people will attend church services this week than any other time of the year.  As one who is in the midst of preparing a sermon for this occasion I feel the […]

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In Search of a New Wood Shed

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’m in search of a new “Third Space.”  My old one closed down.  It was where I could go and sip coffee, get some work done or just think.  Since my third space closed it’s doors i’ve been a bit […]

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Friday Groove: Wynton and Willie

posted by Robert Gelinas

On the stage tonight…Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson:  Two Men With the Blues (an album worth having).   After the break…Georgia on my mind…

Knowing God…Is There an App for that?

posted by Robert Gelinas

How do you integrate faith and technology? Computers, mp3 players, smart phones, blogs and social media are a part of the fabric of life in the 21st century. Take my iPhone for example.  I use it to to find movies, check […]

Do We Need a New Christianity?—Interview with Brian McLaren

posted by Robert Gelinas

(Here’s my McLaren interview consolidated) Recently, I interviewed Brian McLaren about his new book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming The Faith.  McLaren is author of over a dozen books and among Time magazine “25 Most influential […]

Do We Need a New Christianity?–Interview with Brian McLaren

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Jazz Question Jazz Theologian: You’re a musician and I’m a jazz theologian, so let’s jam a bit.  Jazz assumes standards and practices before one takes the stage.  What are the basic practices that need to be assumed before we […]

Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith: We are Practicing Christians (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Composing a jazz-shaped faith is about practicing Christianity.  When a musician takes the stage practice is assumed.  A basic understanding of one’s instrument, music, standards and the essence of jazz are all necessary (and expected) in order for concert to […]

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posted by Robert Gelinas

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Who’s responsible for health care?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let’s cut to the chase, who’s responsible for health care? The answer:  The most powerful nation on the planet is responsible. I think that it is clear that health care is a life issue and thus followers of Christ should […]

Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VI

posted by Robert Gelinas

The next Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit is just around the corner in Minneapolis–April 29-20.  Find out more information here. Guest Speakers:  John Piper, Mary Beth Chapman, Tom Davis, Doug Sauder, Stephanie Fast, Jedd Medefind, and Al Mohler. Music Led […]

Is Health Care a Life Issue?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let’s set aside whether or not you like the new health care bill and focus on a fundamental question that is dividing Christians:  Is health care a life issue? Generally speaking, most Evangelical Christians are pro-life when it comes to […]

The Unveiling: Book of Revelation

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Unveiling:  Sermon Series on the book of Revelation–Subscribe to Podcast here

Dave Lemieux and House of Soul are in the House!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Dave Lemieux and House of Soul are tearing up the RMR Jazz Charts with their album, “Jazz-Shaped”   In the video HOS performs A Love Supreme: Acknowledgment, recorded live at the Soiled Dove Underground…Check it out and their website too.

What’s a Jazz Theologian?

posted by Robert Gelinas

A jazz theologian is someone who has discovered that jazz is more than music.  Therefore… We are practicing Christians.  Having spent sufficient time in the woodshed learning the old standards we now syncopate, improvise and respond the the call of […]

Loving too much?

posted by Robert Gelinas

So I’m really into the book, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much.  Here’s a summary taken from the inside flap: What would you do for the love of a good book?  For John Charles Gilkey, the answer is:  go […]

Adoption Waiting List in Colorado Get’s Drastically Shorter!

posted by Robert Gelinas

The number of children in Colorado’s foster care system is rapidly in decline.  This is due, in large part, to the church deciding to answer God’s call to adoption.  We are just a few years away from no children waiting […]

Gendercide

posted by Robert Gelinas

Lord have mercy…The Worldwide War on Baby Girls (The Economist).

Interview with Brian McLaren (final question…a jazz question)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz Theologian: You’re a musician and I’m a jazz theologian, so let’s jam a bit.  Jazz assumes standards and practices before one takes the stage.  What are the basic practices that need to be assumed before we can experience A […]

Sunday Afternoon Book Talk…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Just started reading The Man Who Loved Books Too Much:  The True Story of a Theif, a Detective,and a World of Literary Obsession. I bought it just because of the title…What are you reading?

Interview with Brian McLaren (p6)–the X Question

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz Theologian:  Malcolm X’s main critique of Christianity in America had to do with how race seemed to determine our habits more than Jesus.  Which of your questions in A New Kind of Christianity can lead us closer to the […]

Jazz Theologian Now on Beliefnet.com!

posted by Robert Gelinas

It’s a joy to join the Beliefnet.com community. I’m looking forward to lively conversation about Christianity, books, music, God’s heart for orphans and, of course, composing a jazz-shaped faith. Feel free to comment anytime and join the groove.   Oh, yeah…don’t […]

Interview with Brian McLaren (p5)–The King Question

posted by Robert Gelinas

Today we continue my conversation with Brian McLaren with the King Question.  After all, King had a dream of a new kind of Christianity as well… Jazz Theologian:  Not long after telling our nation about his dream, Martin Luther King […]

Let’s give a warm welcome to the Miles Davis Quintet

posted by Robert Gelinas

Interview with Brian McLaren (p4)–The Bible Question

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz Theologian:  You argue that, A New Kind of Christianity will require that we ask, “What is the overarching story line of the Bible?  How will this answer to this question help African-American churches that often read the Bible through […]

Interview with Brian McLaren (p3)–Urban Issues

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz Theologian:  I’m assuming that you agree that the emerging church is not just a renewal movement for young middle-class Caucasian Christians.  So here are a few questions so that we can see how emergent Christianity addresses the issues of […]

Glenn Beck Said What?!

posted by Robert Gelinas

“I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising […]

Interview with Brian McLaren (p2)–Horse Buggies

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz Theologian:   In your book, A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey, you draw an analogy between modern churches that look like everything is fine with being like “horse buggies” that were […]

God’s Heart For Orphans…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Churches are on the way to emptying out the foster care system in Colorado.  Five years ago I founded Project 127–A ministry designed to organize followers of Jesus to answer God’s call to care for orphans…to live out James 1.27. […]

Interview with Brian McLaren (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

What’s wrong with the old kind of Christianity? Recently, I interviewed Brian McLaren about his new book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming The Faith.  McLaren is author of over a dozen books and among Time […]

Transition to Beliefnet.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

We're moving…virtually that is. The transition of this blog to Beliefnet.com will take place this coming Tuesday.  This opportunity to compose a jazz-shaped faith with a wider context feels like an open door from God and I'm excited about it. […]

Did Tiger Choose the Right Faith?

posted by Robert Gelinas

My commentary on Tiger Woods is now on UrbanFaith.com.

Tiger Woods Wants to Be as Buddhist as…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Recently, Tiger Woods went before TV cameras and a roomful of journalists and friends to apologize for his marital infidelity and all the damage it has wrought. In the midst of his confession, he revealed what he considers to be […]

“Fatwa” Against Al-Qaeda!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Muslim Scholar Issues "Fatwa" Against Al-Qaeda Terrorism

Update on Exciting Changes coming to JazzTheologian.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here's an update on the changes coming to this blog… 1)  Hope you like the new design on jazztheologian.com… 2)  I have decided to move my blog to beliefnet.com.  I appreciate all of your input and encouragement in this process. […]

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