The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

Jazz Theology: Harmonizing God’s Word

We live a composed life guided by the eternal
melody of the Word of God as we add our
own voice.

Jazz theologians honor and revere
God’s word.  We spend our lives
reading it, memorizing it and meditating upon its’ meaning.  However, we are careful to not put
ourselves in a position of superiority over the scriptures.  We do this when we think that it is our
job to read them rather than let them read us. 

For so long scripture has been
treated like a science project in that we make observations and draw
conclusions.  This is necessary but
not sufficient.  What if God’s word
is also a song that sets us free to compose, a melody with room for us to join
in with the ancients?
  If it is,
then once we have learned its’ tune and spent copious time in the woodshed
practicing its’ intricacies then we are free–truly free–to harmonize with
those around us.  We can take the
risk of improvisation for we are free within the bonds and bounds of the song.

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posted May 6, 2010 at 10:18 am

Christian your thoughts on this particular subject is like a breath of fresh air to me! I have been trying to get members of my church to realize that to bring new people to Christ you have to reach them where they are at and not just stay in their own comfort zone.I’ve been writing Christian Jazz music lately, and I realize that this is something the Lord must want me to do because I had no interest in writing music before. Thanks you for these articles from a different perspective I look forward to hearing more from you on this subject!
Is there an email address where we can contact you directly?

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posted May 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

Thanks for your kind words and comment. These ideas I have developed fully in my book, “Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-shaped Faith.” Would love to know what you think about it All of my contact info. is at
Stay in the groove,
robert gelinas

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