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The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

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"For more information visit: Jazztheologian.com

Robert Gelinas is Lead-Pastor (and resident Jazz Theologian) of Colorado Community Church—a multi-cultural, interdenominational community of 3000+ followers of Christ in the Denver area.

Author of Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith (Zondervan) and the upcoming, Strange Fruit: The Cross as a Way of Life (2011).

Founder of Project 127, a ministry dedicated to seeing the day when there are no children waiting for homes in Colorado's foster care system. Robert deeply desires to see the body of Christ mobilized to serve the least of these. The poor, the down and out, the disenfranchised and disabled, those deemed unimportant and the unborn. He believes that God loves all people yet he has a special heart for the poor and the poor in spirit, the miserable and the marginalized.

A Contributing Editor for Leadership Journal and Urbanfaith.com.

He acquired a B.A. in Bibilcal Studies from Colorado Christian University and a Master of Arts in World Christianity (Missiology) from Denver Seminary.

Robert is married to the love of his life, Barbara, and they have six energetic children (3 boys & 3 girls--one bio, five adopted--two from Ethiopia).

Friend of God...Passionate about the Body of Christ...Lover of this thing called jazz!

Please visit Jazztheologian.com for contact info., speaking schedule, videos, Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrating National Adoption Month

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November is National Adoption Month.  God is up to something.  The Bride of Christ is waking up all across this nation to the need to care for orphans through adoption and foster care. James 1.27 makes it clear that to […]

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Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (P6)

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This book just keeps getting better!

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Guest Blogger: Patricia Raybon

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A Ghost? Or Our God?   By Patricia Raybon It’s dark, cold and early. But I’m excited. On this morning, the most important thing I have to do is hear from God. And not just a little bit. I want to […]

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Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (P5)

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Good News:  Pure Motives Are Not Required Before We Serve In The Kingdom of God!

Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (4)

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As we continue our study of the book of Ester we are reminded that God’s faithfulness is not dependent upon our faithfulness.  Also, we discover what an Agagite is!

Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (p3)

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We continue our study of the book of Esther–the only book in the Bible that doesn’t mention God!

Why Do African-Americans Vote for Democrats?

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Lisa Sharon-Harper has started quite a discussion over at Sojo.net with her article: A History Lesson for Herman Cain. Every wonder why the majority of African-Americans are Democrats?  Why do African-Americans vote for Dems., even though President Lincoln was a […]

Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (p2)

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Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing

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One evening, as I sat around the table with a handful of my buddies, the conversation turned toward our fathers.  I was quiet for a long time.  As a fatherless adult I didn’t know how to engage the topic.  Then […]

Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (p1)

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We begin our study of the one book in the Bible that doesn’t mention God!

Don’t Let Georgia Kill Troy Davis

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From AmnestyUSA.org: The day is now here – the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for September 21st. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal earlier this year.  But the story remains the same – Troy Davis […]

Angel at Ground Zero

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Genelle Guzman-McMillan was the last survivor rescued from the rubble when the towers collapsed.  Here’s her story in her own words: “Today I still work for The Port Authority as I did when I clocked in at the World Trade […]

Sermon of the Week: Something Beautiful (p3)

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The Sankofa Institute Online: Uncommon Vision

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John Howard Griffin is one of my heroes. He’s the white man who took the amazing journey of living as a black man in the Deep South in the late 1950’s.  Ultimately, he recorded his saga in a book, Black […]

One Name, Two Fates (P2)–A Tale of Two Michaels

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In a previous post I wrote about, The Other Wes Moore, the story of two men with the same name and similar backgrounds yet vastly different destinies. Recently, the Rev. Leon Kelly stopped by The Sankofa Institute for a conversation.  He […]

One Name, Two Fates (p1)–The Other Wes Moore

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Not long ago I read, The Other Wes Moore:  One Name, Two Fates. Wes Moore grew up poor, fatherless and in a drug decayed neighborhood.  So did the other Wes Moore.  Wes Moore became a paratrooper, decorated veteran, Rhodes Scholar […]

Sermon of the Week: Something Beautiful (P2)

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In this sermon I attempt to give iron clad proof that everything becomes beautiful in its time.

Denver’s Own Slam Nuba Wins National Poetry Slam

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Congratulations to Denver’s own Slam Nuba! Last week they traveled Boston and competed against over 300 poets and brought home the honor of being National Poetry Slam Champions. Seventy five teams entered the competition and by the time he finals […]

Sermon of the Week: Something Beautiful (p1)

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What is God doing in your life? Depends, do you know what time it is?

John Stott Promoted to Glory!

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This man had immeasurable kingdom impact!  (Read the CT article, “John Stott Has Died,” here)

Sexual Healing Anyone?–Sermon of the Week

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Old School Playlist:  Let’s Get in On and Sexual Healing! (Rated M–for Mature audiences only)

Blue Notes

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Major scales are hopeful. Minor scales are not. The blues linger simultaneously in between–defiantly loving. Blue notes are flat, slightly dissonant yet expectant. Jazz never forgets the blues. Christianity always remembers the cross.

The Sankofa Institute Online: Waiting For Superman

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This month at The Sankofa Institute we are discussing education. Most agree that the education system in the U.S. has serious flaws.  Politicians point out that we are falling behind our competition and promise to do something about it.  Rod […]

For the Fatherless–In Honor of My True Dad

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This weekend is so bittersweet for those of us who grew up without fathers.  The statistics are 40% of all children and 70+% of African-Americans grow up without a man in the house.  It creates a pain and longing that […]

Sermon of the Week: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

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The Sankofa Institute Online: The Gospel in our History

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Carl Ellis in his book, Free At Last? The Gospel in the African-American Experience, makes this profound statement: It is a disgrace that we have not learned to preache ‘the full counsel of God’ through our history, the way Stephen […]

The Sankofa Institute Online: Unchained memories

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During the 1930’s, in order to reduce unemployment during the Great Depression, the government funded The Federal Writers’ Project. One of their assignments was to interview many of the 100,000 former slaves that were still alive in the United States. […]

Sermon of the Week–Old School Playlist P1–Satisfaction

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Broken Family Values

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Elisa Morgan, President Emerita of MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) and prolific author, shares this timely message:  Broken Family Values

Old School Playlist

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As a preacher I’m always looking for creative ways to communicate timeless truths.  This weekend I’m starting a new sermon series called, “Old School Playlist.”  The goal is to have a little fun as we talk about serious issues. I’ve […]

Sermon of the Week: Snakebit!

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Last weeks easter message…

The Sankofa Institute Online: Free At Last? By Carl Ellis (Chpt. 2)

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“De-Egyptianization” is the term for what happened to Israel in the desert.  After four hundred years of slavery their culture and identity was virtually destroyed and in need of restoration.  They were in such bad shape that even though God […]

The Sankofa Institute Online: Free At Last? by Carl Ellis (Chpt 1)

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At The Sankofa Institute we are reading Carl Ellis’ Free At Last:  The Gospel in the African-American Experience.  Outside of the Bible this is the most influential book in my life.  Ellis is seeking to demonstrate a way for all […]

Obama on the Resurrection

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This week President Obama hosted his annual Easter Prayer Breakfast.  He spoke briefly about Christ’s resurrection and grace. He is risen…He is risen indeed! (Read my review of, “The Faith of Barack Obama” entitled, “Belonging Before Believing)

Keeping Watch with Jesus

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Jesus said to his disciples, “could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Mt. 26.40)  This has inspired Christians to keep vigil with Jesus starting tonight through Good Friday. The goal is to meditate upon Jesus’ final hours. […]

Holy Week Meditation

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Jesus died on the cross for many reasons.  One of which was to set us free from sin.  Because of Christ’s work on the cross we are no longer are slaves to our sinful desires–as hard as it may be […]

The Sankofa Institute Online: The Talented Tenth

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What do you think about W. E. B. Du Bois’ concept of The Talented Tenth? William Edward Burghardt (aka–W.E.B) Du Bois was the first African-American to earn a PH.D. from Harvard.  He went on to be a history professor, editor […]

Now that’s a cheerful giver!

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Scripture says that God loves a cheerful giver.  This guy must have Jesus grinning from ear to ear!

Sermon of the Week: Knowing Jesus By Heart-Template

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Woudn’t it be nice if there were a template for the Christian life?  There is…

Pastor Fired for Questioning Hell

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Chad Holtz lost his job because he struggles with hell.  What did he do for a living? He was a pastor. Marrow Chapel in Henderson, North Carolina, dismissed him not because he doesn’t believe in hell but because he struggles […]

Rose Mapendo (AKA–“Great Love”)

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Rose Mapendo’s last name means great love.  She is a compelling example of a life lived out of the cross of Christ.  Watch the video and listen to the interview to find out why. Listen to NPR interview with Rose […]

Sermon of the Week: Knowing Jesus By Heart (p3)–Mastery

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Wynton and Willie are at it again!

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Jesus wept…twice.

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Jesus wept.  It’s the shortest verse in the Bible.  The thing is, Jesus wept more than once. The first time Christ cried was at the death of his friend Lazarus. “Jesus wept.  Then the Jews said, ‘See how he loved […]

Best argument against the existence of God

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I believe in God.   I’ve given my life to him and hope, pray and work so that others will too.  That said, in the new book that I’m writing, there is a section with my best argument against the […]

Update on The Sankofa Institute–Full but still taking applications

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As I’ve told you about in the past (see here and here), I’m starting a new venture called,  The Sankofa Institute   a one-of-a-kind Christian Institute for African-American leaders The institute began taking applications in January and is now full. […]

Sermon of the Week: Knowing Jesus By Heart p1

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Knowing Jesus By Heart: Part 1 (Pastor Robert Gelinas) from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

When the Sheen Wears off

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It’s not so funny in real life.   A womanizing bachelor with deep psychological issues makes for a good sitcom but a sobering reality show.  For years we have made the shenanigans of Two and a Half Men’s, pleasure seeking […]

God’s Bad Reputation

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I‘m currently working on a new writing project.  Here’s an excerpt:

Knowing Jesus By Heart: It Takes Practice!

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“If I told you you were going with me tonight to hear someone who has practiced the trumpet for thirty years, what would you expect?  Your hopes would be high, and you would anticipate hearing someone whose skills were highly […]

Are you typical?

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One of my favorite prayers…

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“O God, I know that if I do not love You with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my strength, I shall love something else with all my heart and mind and […]

In Many Colors: Interview w/ Soong-Chan Rah

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In his latest book, Soong-Chan Rah wants to equip us for the multicultural revolution that’s knocking at the American church’s door.  Are we ready to trade our melting pots for jazz improv? Right now, the U.S. is experiencing the most […]

What can you teach me about Octavia Butler?

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I’m not much of a science fiction reader.  Recently, though, I saw an interview with Octavia Butler.  I’ve perused her books with titles such as, “Kindred,” “Parable of the Sower,” Parable of the Talents,” and “Wild Seed.”  Obviously, the Biblical […]

If the Church Were Christian

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I just started reading Philip Gulley’s new book, “If the Church Were Christian:  Rediscovering the Values of Jesus.”  I love provocative titles! I haven’t read enough to comment about the overall content but I am intrigued by his thesis: “…if […]

Sunday Sermon: Harvest Time!

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Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Mt. 9.37-38) Is there ever a time when we say that Jesus has answered […]

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction (p4-Final Installment)

posted by Robert Gelinas

This is the final installment of this series of posts on wrongful convictions (Part 1—Part 2-–Part 3) How and why do they keep happening?  What’s the “anatomy of a wrongful conviction?” H. Patrick Furman is a law professor at the University […]

The Faith of Barack Obama

posted by Robert Gelinas

President Obama is a classic case of faith in a post-modern world in which people belong before they believe rather than vice versa. (Click here to read my review of “The Faith of Barack Obama” by Stephen Mansfield that I […]

By Name (p3)

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Grab your Bibles and let’s turn to Genesis 16 as we continue ask, “What does it mean to be called by name, by God?” By Name: Part 3 (Pastor Robert Gelinas) from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

My favorite King Quotes

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Here are two of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes: “I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to identify with the poor.  I choose to give my life to the hungry.  I choose to give my life […]

By Name (p2)

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Jesus, the Good Shepherd, calls his own BY NAME.  What does it mean to be a people called by name, by God?  Some times it means that we have struggled with God. By Name: Part 2 (Pastor Robert Gelinas) from […]

Has God ever called you by name?

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Jesus said that “he calls his own sheep by name.” (Jn. 10.3)  Scripture is replete with people called by name, by God:  Moses.  Samuel.  Jacob.  Peter.  Hagar. Some had their name changed and other’s received nicknames. What about you?  Have you […]

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction (p3)

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How many people in prison are actually innocent?   Depends on which reasearcher you ask.   Some say that there error rate is around 13 percent  in murder convictions.  The most hopeful estimate is that 99.5 percent of convictions are accurate.  Even […]

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction (p2)

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There is no proof that we have executed an innocent man or woman.  Though if you ask sister Helen Prejean she thinks that it has already occurred.  In her book, “The Death of Innocents:  An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions,” […]

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction (p1)

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It’s almost normal for us to hear the story of a wrongfully convicted person going free after years in prison. The latest? Cornelius Dupree Jr. who was declared innocent after serving 30 years in prison for a crime he did […]

Tebow, Vick–Which Bandwagon?

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Living in the Mile High City the Tim Tebow bandwagon has arrived and the line is forming.  There are hopes that he’s the next John Elway who will lead us to the promised land.  Before he even took a snap […]

Better than Bieber?

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Nominated alongside the likes of Drake and Justin Bieber is jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category.  The odds are stacked against her but I’m holding out hope that this true talent and artist […]

Whatever Happened to Kwanzaa?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Ed Gilbreath at UrbanFaith.com writes: “Kwanzaa anyone?  Is it just me, or does it seem Kwanzaa’s popularity has taken a hit?  Over the last decade or so the celebration of this distinctively African-American holiday seemed to really picked up momentum, […]

Reclaiming Time

posted by Robert Gelinas

Forty years ago, Swedish economist Staffan Linder wrote, The Harried Leisure Class.  In it he made some frightening predictions.  Essentially he said that our fixation with time would lead us to making previously unheard of decisions.  Linder foresaw a day […]

Denver Seminary & A Jazz-Shaped Faith

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As a 1996 graduate from Denver Seminary with a degree in Missiology, I was a delighted when they called and asked me to tell my story on video.  Check it out!

Jazz Great Billy Taylor Dies at 89

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Jazz legend and educator Billy Taylor passed away last night in New York City.

Christ-Mass (p3)

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Christ Mass: Part 3 (Pastor Robert Gelinas) from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Christ-Mass (p2)

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Christ Mass: Part 2 (Pastor Robert Gelinas) from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Which one do you like?–Logo for Sankofa

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I would love your opinion on the three logos you see below.  They are for The Sankofa Institute that I’m starting. (see here)   Remember, Sankofa is the West African concept that we must remember our roots as we move […]

Christ-Mass (p1)

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Christ Mass: A Child Is Born (Pastor Robert Gelinas) from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Testimony of Transformation: Let’s go to jail!

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Testimony Video: Warren Holloway from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Announcing Sankofa Leadership Institute

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A few months ago I shared with you that I was sensing a need to start an African-American leadership institute (click here).  My primary calling always has been and always will be to reach all people.  That is why I […]

Jazztheologian.com

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Please visit jazztheologian.com for book, podcast, twitter, facebook, Colorado Community Church, contact info, bio, video, booking, speaking schedule and What’s a Jazz Theologian…

Sunday Sermon: Growing in the grace of giving

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Most Christians think that tithing is the goal.  Listen to this and discover the real aim of Christian giving.   Growing in the Grace of Giving from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Leading Ladies: Kate Middleton, Sarah Palin and…Who?

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They’re getting married! Sarah Palin “I believe so.” Suu Kyi Released Join the Groove:  Which of these ladies SHOULD be leading in news coverage?  To me the answer is obvious, so what does it say about us when Suu Kyi’s […]

Sunday Sermon: Are you ready for your race?

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20101107 Ready to Run from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Motorcycle crash in church–Gimmicks and the Gospel

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Jesus should be our model for communicating the gospel.  Our Lord was extremely creative with the use of stories, illustrations and parables.  Yet in our attempt to communicate the good news of the kingdom, there is a fine line between […]

Sunday Sermon: Do You Know Your Birthright? (p5)

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20101024 birthright 5 from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

If/when we are targeted: Will we be ready? (p1)

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In June, I gave a message on understanding the times and knowing what to do.  In the sermon I said this: I fully believe, that in our lifetime what we are going to see is that 9/11 isn’t going to […]

Sunday Sermon: Do You Know Your Birthright? (p4)

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20101017 birthright 4 from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Religion & Politics: Two examples of Faith & Politics (p2)

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Gerson & Wehner begin their book, City of Man, with a comparison of the church during Nazi Germany and the church during the civil rights movement.  The Christians during 1930’s Germany largely accommodated themselves to the status quo, all the […]

Sunday Sermon: Do You Know Your Birthright? (p2)

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Birthright: Part 2 (Pastor Robert Gelinas) from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Friday Groove: John Legend & The Roots–Wake Up!

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It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed an album as much as Wake Up! by John Legend & The Roots.  In this neo/old-school soul album, Legend solidifies himself as the Marvin Gaye/Bill Withers of our day. Check out the title […]

Religion & Politics: The Religious Right is on its deathbed! (p1)

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I’m reading a new book about religion and politics.  More specifically,what role should our Christian faith play in our politics?  It’s called, City of Man:  Religion and Politics in a New Era, by Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner. The fundamental […]

Conviction & The Confession

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For months now I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting for the release of a movie and a book.  The Movie:  Years ago I heard this story…now it’s a movie:  “Conviction”–Can’t wait to see it! The Book:  John […]

Sunday Sermon: Do You Know Your Birthright?

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When we don’t know what our birthright is then we trade it for something of lesser value or scheme to get that which is already ours. Turn in your Bibles to Genesis 25 for Birthright part 1. Birthright: Part 1 […]

Chilean Miners’ Jesus T-Shirts

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Why were the Chilean Miners’ wearing Jesus T-Shirts?   Click here to find out

Together for Adoption Conference–Austin, TX

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I’m off to Austin, TX to speak at the Together for Adoption National Conference.  God is on the move on behalf of his children–He’s a “father to the fatherless.” There’s a live webcast of the conference.  Log on to hear […]

I’m thinking about starting a leadership program…

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My heart is broken…has been for a long time.  Here we are almost fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement and while so many positive things have happened there is still so much to do concerning the African-American community.  The […]

What if God wasn’t there?

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John Piper in his book, “God is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself,” ask this clarifying question: “If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, […]

Pictures from my dream sabbatical!

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Back from my sabbatical…what a blast it was! (Thanks Jason & Jeremy!)

Are you one?

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“Inspired by a renewed and expanded concept of the church, Spirit-filled jazz theologians can begin a harvest of new cultural prophets more powerful than Malcolm and Martin.  These prophets will point our people toward new vistas of righteousness.”  Carl Ellis […]

You Can Host a Jazz Theologian Live Experience!

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You can bring the Jazz Theologian Live experience to your city, church or university–Dates are available for 2011 & 2012 Thousands of people have packedinto standing room only Jazz Theologian Live!experiences.  These events are abeautiful marriage of the spoken word […]

Rocky Mountain Conference 2010

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I’m looking forward to speaking this weekend to the crisis pregnancy workers of Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Conference in beautiful Buena Vista.  These people are angels to women in times of need, confusion & stress.  It is my prayer […]

Why do you listen to sermons?

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As my sabbatical is nearing its end my mind is returning to that which God has called me to do– primarily, preaching.  I’m currently reviewing all of the sermons that I’ve preached over the last decade and making observations so […]

Christianity Today: Who’s Next Article

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I am honored and grateful for the, Who’s Next:  People You Should Know, article that Christianity Today did about me. Read it here:  Who’sNextGelinas.pdf

Boyfriend Bails on Foul Ball…girlfriend gets hit!

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Caught on tape–This guys in trouble…

If they can do it so can we!

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What’s the story of your life? (p1)

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Some say that we discover who we are as we tell the story of our life.  That every chance we get to reiterate where we’ve come from we also reinterpret who we are.  This is the value of community.  Meeting […]

Jazz Theologian Live!–Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith

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Also, be sure to check out Jazztheologian.com!

What to Do with Frozen Babies

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In the latest Christianity Today magazine there is a discussion about the fate of frozen embryos left over in fertility clinics. There are more than a half million embryos stored in the freezers of fertility clinics?  That’s roughly the number […]

Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud

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While on sabbatical I’m catching up on my “to read” stack of books.  I’m really enjoying Cornel West’s memoir entitled, “Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.” Here are a couple of quotes from this Harvard professor, public intellectual and […]

Does anybody know why…?

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When I was a kid I remember a television commercial for a magazine (I think it was Psychology Today or something like that) that posed a number of questions to try and get you to subscribe to their magazine.   […]

Immigration Reform: A Christian Perspective

posted by Robert Gelinas

Today, President Obama addressed comprehensive immigration reform. He even invited a number of prominent evangelicals to attend. Have you heard of Colorado Christian Leaders for Immigration Reform?   It’s a collation of Christ-followers who have thought long and hard about […]

Sunday Sermon–The Book of Revelation (p)

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Study of the Book of Revelation (p3)–The Unveiling:  Imagine an Open Door (click to watch video or listen to audio)

Anti-Rape Condom!

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What’s your take on the new anti-rape, rape fighting condom with teeth?  (Read the CNN Story Here)  Some say it’s a great idea, other’s think it will make a bad situation worse… Join the Groove:  What do you think?

Sunday Sermon–The Book of Revelation (p2)

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Today’s sermon:  The Book of Revelation (p2) The Unveiling:  Imagine Jesus Speaking Watch Video or Listen to Audio

What’s on your summer reading list?

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Here’s my summer reading list. From Civil Rights to Human Rights:  Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice by Thomas F. Jackson. New England White by Stephen L. Carter Texas Tough:  The Rise of America’s Prison Empire […]

Nominate this Blog!–2010 Black Weblog Awards

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It’s not too late! Nominations for The Black Weblog Awards go through July–Help me win again like you did last year! 1)  Please go to this link: Black Weblog Awards 2)  Nominate my blog for best faith based blog (to make […]

Movies You Watch Again and Again

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What movies do you watch again and again?  Here’s my top 15… Batman Begins–This is the best Batman ever!  Whenever I need a boost when it comes to fighting for my city I watch Batman fight for Gotham.  Fires me […]

Between Allah & Jesus: Part 2a

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In the latest post from Peter Kreefts book, “Between Allah And Jesus,” the question of Muslims and Christians having a common source came up.  I asked Aziz Poonwalla for his take on this and also what it means for a […]

Sunday Sermon–The Book of Revelation (p1)

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Ever want to study the book of Revelation?   Here’s your chance.   Recently, at my church, we studied the this fascinating last book of the Bible.  Each Sunday I’ll post a new installment of this series I entitled, “The […]

Martin Luther King Jr.–The Definition of Greatness

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Black Weblog Awards 2010–Nominate this Blog

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Last year this blog was awarded the judges choice for the Best Faith Based Blog in the Black Weblog Awards. I’d like to repeat this year, perhaps with the popular vote as well, so I need your help! 1)  Please […]

Finally!–Regina Carter has a new album–“Reverse Thread”

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Between Allah & Jesus: Part 2

posted by Robert Gelinas

(We are discussing excerpts from Peter Kreefts new book, “Between Allah & Jesus.  Another excerpt has been posted.  (I invite you to take ten minutes and read it here) Feel free to join the conversation that I’m having with fellow beliefnet […]

Between Allah & Jesus: Part 1a

posted by Robert Gelinas

Aziz, You provided a thoughtful response to the first excerpt of Peter Kreefts book, Between Allah & Jesus.  However, seeing some of the comments people are posting has me wanting to bring them into the dialogue. First, Andrew asks a […]

Between Allah & Jesus: Part 1

posted by Robert Gelinas

(Today we begin a three week conversation between myself and my fellow Beliefnet blogger Aziz Poonawalla.  We are discussing excerpts from Peter Kreefts new book, “Between Allah & Jesus.  This week we are interacting around chpt. three:  On Jesus and […]

Panera Bread: Take What You Need, Pay What You Can

posted by Robert Gelinas

Panera Bread is conducting an experiment in trust.   What if you could pick out anything you wanted to eat and then, instead of paying, you just donated what you could.   (Read the details here) Can a non-profit approach […]

Jazztheologian.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

For speaking, scheduling, writing, podcast, twitter, facebook and contact information please visit  jazztheologian.com

Muslim Christian Dialogue–Starts this Wednesday!

posted by Robert Gelinas

A while back I let you know that I would be entering into a dialogue with my fellow colleague here at Beliefnet, Aziz Poonawalla. Our discussion will center around a new book by Peter J. Kreeft Ph. D., Professor of Philosophy […]

Happy Ascension Day: It is for your good that I am going away

posted by Robert Gelinas

Today is ascension day.  Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead Christ ascended into the sky as the disciples stood watching with their mouths hanging open. Jesus told them that he would be leaving.  He even went so far […]

Obama Nominates Elena Kagan

posted by Robert Gelinas

Today, President Obama nominated Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.  In his introduction of her, he lauded her professional accomplishments, her love for the New York Mets and that she seeks to understand before she disagrees. I had the privilege […]

SDWSC: She Did What She Could

posted by Robert Gelinas

Elisa Morgan has a new book! Have you ever looked at the incredible suffering and need in this world and wondered, “What can I do?” Elisa Morgan points us to five words that Jesus spoke: “She did what she could.” […]

Comedian In Chief

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jay Leno presented as well…click below.

Jazz Theology: Singing the Blues

posted by Robert Gelinas

We sing the blues so as not to waste any pain.  We follow in the footsteps of our “kind of blue” Christ, offering our lives as statements to the renaissance that only He can bring. Ralph Ellison once said, “As […]

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’m looking forward to seeing Christian McBride & Inside Straight @ Dazzles this weekend!

Jazz Theology: Harmonizing God’s Word

posted by Robert Gelinas

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’ […]

Jazz Theology: Having Time

posted by Robert Gelinas

We have time, rather than time having us.  We develop our ear so that we might listen to the needs of others, then live and love like Jesus. No moment is just a moment.  Every moment is pregnant with the […]

Arizona Immigration Enforcement Bill

posted by Robert Gelinas

There’s a lot of debate about Arizona’s new immigration and enforcement bill.  Have you read it?  Here it is. My question is not what you think of the bill, but what process should a Christian go through to determine what […]

Jazz Theology: Creative Tension

posted by Robert Gelinas

We walk with Christ, embracing creative tension, joining in the mystery of life in concert. God is the most creative being in the universe.  Yet, we so often find ourselves in a rut in our relationship with him.  When the […]

Jazz Theology: Practicing Christians

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 Supreme. Christians are called to live out our faith in community.  When Jesus […]

Jazz Theology: The Covenant

posted by Robert Gelinas

At the end of Jazz Theologian Live! experiences I hand out covenant cards.   They contain a summary of what it means to consider oneself a jazz theologian. I’ll unpack each one individually over the next few posts on jazz theology. […]

Jazz Theology: Understanding the Basics

posted by Robert Gelinas

In my book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith, I sought to put on to the page what we see on the stage.  We do not need to be jazz musicians to practice a jazz-shaped faith.  Rather, there are basic […]

Jazz Theology: I’m on a Mission!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz Theologian Live! Experiences Thousands of people have packed into ‘standing room only’ Jazz Theologian Live! experiences.  They are a beautiful marriage of the spoken word with jazz, soul, and gospel music in which seeker and seasoned Christian alike are […]

10 Cars to Drive Before You Die

posted by Robert Gelinas

Car and Driver named the “10 Cars to Drive Before You Die.” I’ve driven two one of them (the Porsche & Honda S2000) what about you? (I’m not sure…that Porsche might have been in my dreams)

Muslim Christian Dialogue–Coming Soon!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’m currently reading, “Between Allah & Jesus:  What Christians Can Learn from Muslims.”  It’s about, “What would happen if Christians and a Muslim at a university talked and disagreed, but really tried to understand each other?  What would they learn?” […]

Guam Tipping Over

posted by Robert Gelinas

I admit it. I keep chuckling about Rep. Hank Johnson’s concern about Guam tipping over.  Makes me wonder though…What should I know that I don’t?  What are the things I assert dogmatically but have no clue?

Tiger Woods & The Voice of His Father

posted by Robert Gelinas

Nike’s commercial feature’s Tiger’s face with the voice of his late father.  What do you think?

Peace with People is preceded by…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Ever since God escorted us out of the garden there has been one simple rule of relationships:  Peace with God precedes peace with others.  If we try to reverse the order it will never work.  At Babel we even see […]

Finding the Groove Review

posted by Robert Gelinas

Much thanks to Lisa Ann Cockrel for such a nice review of my book @ Faithfulreader.com

My New Woodshed!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’ve been searching for a new woodshed (a place to think, pray, practice the faith and finish my book). I’ve been praying for a cool little room in a church bell tower where I could have 24/7 access.  God has […]

210 Million Reasons to Adopt

posted by Robert Gelinas

Click here to read the Christianity Today Editorial

Soldiers Surprise Their Loved Ones

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let the tears roll…

Improvising Upon “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”

posted by Robert Gelinas

When I survey the wondrous cross, I am horrified.  Tattered and torn skin…blood matted hair…pain induced quivers…the death of God.  A man so battered and betrayed that words…fail.                                                                                                  Selah When I survey […]

Find the Spiritual Analogy: The Second Line

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let’s play a game called:  Find the spiritual analogy (there are no right or wrong answers so don’t be afraid to take a risk) A Jazz funeral is a public event.  Once a family has memorialized their loved one they […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jazztheologian.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

If you Facebook or Twitter let’s connect there too–Jazztheologian.com

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. […]

The Gr8 Adventure

posted by Robert Gelinas

We went looking for rare animals…you're not going to believe what we found.

Off to Harrisburg, PA

posted by Robert Gelinas

This week I'm speaking at a Pastoral enrichment day for the Atlantic and Susquehanna Brethren Conferences in Harrisburg, PA.  Last time I was with these wonderful Christ-followers was in 2007 and I was deeply blessed.   I'll be speaking twice […]

Can’t stop thinking about this weekends services.

posted by Robert Gelinas

Driving to members class…can’t stop thinking about the services this weekend.

As Lent begins…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let us follow Jesus into the desert.   As Christ went without food for forty days let us consider what we could do without as well.  Oh, not for the purpose of seeing how strong we are, quite the opposite…to […]

A Good Valentine’s Day at Church

posted by Robert Gelinas

What would you ask Brian McLaren?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Brian McLaren has a new book out called, "A New Kind of Christianity:  Ten Questions that are Transforming Faith". When it comes to Christianity he says that there is bad news:  "the Christian faith in all its forms is in […]

Why the Leno experiment didn’t work?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Why wasn't The Jay Leno Show successful?   I watched Leno regularly on the Tonight show but not as much in his new times slot.  Actually, if I'm honest, I rarely watched a full episode of The Tonight Show, rather, […]

Exciting Changes Coming to Jazztheologian.com–Need Your Input

posted by Robert Gelinas

As I posted earlier there are two big changes coming to jazztheologian.com: 1)  New Design:  A new, sleek look is just around the corner. 2)  I have been asked to blog for Beliefnet.com.  Beliefnet is the worlds largest religious website […]

Super Bowl Commercials Upon Reflection

posted by Robert Gelinas

Upon reflection, here are my thoughts on the Super Bowl commercials.

The Unveiling: Thoughts on the Book of Revelation–Imagine Jesus Speaking to the Church

posted by Robert Gelinas

Do you see your city the way Jesus does?  What about your neighborhood?   When Jesus speaks to the seven churches of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3) it's important that we not only know what he is saying but that […]

Good Reads for Black History Month

posted by Robert Gelinas

I was asked to post a list of good books to read during Black History Month.  Here's my top ten in no particular order… A Testament of Hope:  The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr, Compiled by […]

The Prayers of the Saints

posted by Robert Gelinas

 "The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints went up before God…" Rev. 8.4 This weekend was our 2020 Vision Prayer Summit at CCC.  What a priviledge it was to lead our church in praying for […]

It’s not the British House of Commons, but…

posted by Robert Gelinas

I've always watched debate in the British House of Commons and wondered how we get that kind of give-and-take in the US.  It seems like robust debate between opposing parties with camera's present would only be good for our system…and […]

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America

posted by Robert Gelinas

What do you do when… …poverty remains the dividing line between success and failure in this country? …politicians argue over the causes of poverty–one side blames structures, the other, people? …the achievement gap between poor and middle-class children is evident […]

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