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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.

My Beautiful Idol by Pete Gall

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As a friend of Pete Gall, I’ve always believed that he was born to write.  I’m glad his first book is on the shelves so you can see what I’ve known for years. It’ called My Beautiful Idol and you […]

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Speaking Schedule

posted by Robert Gelinas

Colorado Community Church:  Most weekends I have the privilege of sharing God’s word with the wonderful congregations at Colorado Community Church. Additionally… 2009 Jan. 12-16–Denver, CO–Denver Seminary D. Min. Seminar:  Pastoral Leadership in the 21st Century.  (Co-leader with Dr. Gordon […]

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Remembering Dr. King At The Table

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It will be forty years this April that Martin Luther King jr. was assassinated.  Dave Lemieux and the House of Soul in partnership with Colorado Community Church and the Center for African-American Health will be presenting At the Table. There […]

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Update on my first book–Finding the Groove

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Well, I’ve finished the manuscript and it is in the hands of a very capable editor at  Zondervan .  I am grateful to my wife, friends, an incredible group of literary agents (Wolgemuth and Associates) for all of their prayer, […]

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"It’s the sea that makes the sailor, It’s the land that shapes the sea I don’t know where I am going or where I’ll some day be. It’s the wood that makes the carpenter, It’s the very tools of his […]

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Lord, I wan’t to know you.  Robert Lewis once wrote “We could not make sense of the New Testament in particular, or Christianity in general, without its central figure—Jesus Christ.  Christianity is not a philosophy or an ethic, but a […]

Call and Response: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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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.  When I survey the wondrous cross, its beauty startles me.  The life…the […]

A Christian all should know about…

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St. Patrick

Smooth Jazz in Denver is dead!

posted by Robert Gelinas

As of this month smooth jazz is dead in Denver…at least on the radio.  Due to declining ratings Smooth Jazz 104.3 FM is no more.  (They say that if you’ll still be able to hear it via an online stream […]

Blind Spots (part 6)

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The goats in Mt. 25 were blindsided!  They failed to realize that to see the least of these is to see Jesus.  This reminds me of Bono at the NAACP Awards…(if you have never seen this it’s worth watching the […]

Building Your Jazz Music Collection

posted by Robert Gelinas

Building a jazz music collection is a life long adventure but getting started can be daunting.   In the right hand column under Info. Pages you’ll find a page called "Building Your Jazz Music Collection."  I’ll add to it often and […]

Jazz in Denver

posted by Robert Gelinas

This is a special week for jazz in Denver.  Denver’s own Tia Fuller is in town (she lives in New York now and is in Beyonce’s all lady band) and at Dazzles this Thursday and Friday.  (click here for info.) […]

Herbie Hancock–Cantelope Island

posted by Robert Gelinas

This past February at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, Herbie Hancock won the Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Album.  Herbie is the man!  He played with Miles and is still going strong.  Here’s one of his classics, […]

Blind Spots (part 5)

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(I didn’t post on part 4…but here we are for week 5.) In the parable of the Prodigal Son we see that you don’t have to leave home to be lost.  The older brother was close to the father in […]

Nicholas Payton–“Bags’ Groove”

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Blind Spots (part 3)

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My family is glued to the TV every week watching American Idol.  It’s great entertainment watching person after person think they can sing only to sound like an moaning, injured animal.  You’re left asking, "What kind of friends do these […]

uhhh….wow!

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Blind Spots (part 2)

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We need others to help us see what is in our blind spots.  We can’t always see the "snake in the grass" (satan) or deal with the "enemy within" (our flesh) by ourselves. That is why so many have wondered […]

Pro-Life Democrats?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here’s some food for thought during this political season. There’s a new book out called Wrong on Race:  The Democratic Party’s Buried Past.  It is a history of how, in general, the Democratic part was on the wrong side of […]

Blind Spots (part 1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

This week at CCC Englewood and Aurora we began our series for Lent called Blind Spots.  During this season of examination and contrition we seek to ascertain if there is anything in our life that would keep us from finishing […]

Divisions in the Church, a Cancer–President Carter

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President Carter speaks to Baptist gathering calling the divisions in the Body of Christ a cancer.  I couldn’t agree more!  (click here to read the story)

Lord have Mercy…

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The Dirt Poor in Haiti (read the USA Today article)

Is Obama a Muslim?

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There is an email circulating claiming that Barack Obama is a Muslim.  In attempt to set the record straight he’s done a series of interviews.  Here’s an excerpt from the conversation he had with Christianity Today. I am a Christian, […]

“I found my own voice.” (part 1)

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If you don’t like Hillary Clinton or her politics–set that aside for a moment. Responding to a question in New Hampshire, she choked up and her tone softened…She then went on to win the primary. In her acceptance speech she […]

Bill Clinton has a dream…during a MLK celebration speech!

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King on Jazz

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  God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment […]

Pray for Cambodia!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here’s the blog for the team in Cambodia so you can follow them and know how to pray (click here) Here’s a video about the sex trade in Cambodia.  Lord, have mercy…

Goodbye Oscar Peterson

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Jazz legend Ocar Peterson dies

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(click here)

Christ Before the manger (p5)

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I love Christmas eve services.  Gathering together, reflecting upon the incarnation of our Lord as we hold our lit candles high.  I truly have the best seat in the house as I look out over the congregation…it’s a beatiful moment. […]

Christ Before the manger (p4)

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"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…" (Phil. 2)  Those words take on more significance after we read Isaiah 6 and John 12.41 and make the connection:  The magnificent vision that Isaiah had was none other […]

The Dark Knight

posted by Robert Gelinas

The next Batman movie, The Dark Knight, doesn’t open until 2008 but if I could stand in line for tickets today, I would!  

Christ Before the manger (p3)

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For those of you at CCC Englewood and Aurora this weekend here are the passages on the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament. Gen. 16 Gen. 22 Gen. 2810ff & 31.11-13 Ex. 3 Joshua 5.13ff Judges 13 Zech. […]

Lord, have mercy…the wrongfully convicted.

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Yet another wrongfully convicted person is vindicated.  Here’s the New York Times article (click here).  Since 1989 more than 200 people have been exonerated by DNA…listen to them here.

Christ Before the manger (p2)

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This weekend we began to dive in to the pre-incarnate activities of Christ.  This study will do no less than transform and enlarge our view of our Lord.  If you are looking to do further study, Ron Rhodes wrote a […]

Rosa Parks

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Fifty-two years ago today she stood up by sitting down…thank you Rosa!

Christ Before the manger

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This weekend we are beginning a new sermon series on the eternality of Jesus called Christ Before the manger. 

Project 127 goes to the White House!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Last week Project 127 was invited to the White House.  Read about the why’s and what’s here. Here are some of the pictures… Chris Padbury is the Executive Director of Project 127 and is doing a great job.  We finalized […]

Who am I?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Who am I?  It’s a question that I have tried to answer all of my life.  Maybe it is because I didn’t have a daddy.  Or the fact that I was the only black person in my family and no […]

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Next week I’m going to D.C. with my wife and some friends. In anticipation, I’ve been thinking a lot about when MLK gathered a nation and called it to higher way–a kingdom way.  I’m looking forward to standing on the […]

Re-formation: The Power of “Sola”-darity (p4)

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Soli Deo Gloria–Glory to God alone "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (I Cor. 10.31) Here’s my favorite prayer that keeps me focused on what life is all […]

Re-formation: The Power of “Sola”-darity (p3)

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Solus Christus–Christ Alone! When the reformers looked at the church of Christ so many years ago it was obvious to them that something was wrong.  Salvation was not explained as Christ "alone" but Christ "and."  All too often we add […]

Re-formation: The Power of “Sola”-darity (p2)

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Sola Scriptura. Doctrinally, it means that the Bible is the infallible and innerant word of God–truthful and authoritative in all it affirms.  Sure we can read other books but there never has been nor will there be a book like […]

Bella the movie–opens Oct. 26th

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Those of you in the Denver area, Project 127 is doing an exclusive engagement on Oct. 28.  Complet with silent auction of some really cool stuff.  www.project127.com

Rocktober!

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Who would have thought?

Re-formation: The Power of “Sola”-darity

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This weekend, at CCC Englewood and Aurora, we began a series on Reformation.  We are an interdenominational church, which means that we desire to respect, celebrate and learn from the various Christian traditions. In this series we are looking at […]

Go see this movie!

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Bella–Opens Oct. 26th

Which renaissance is ours? (p3)

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If you scroll down a bit, you can see an enlarged version of this picture and my previous two posts about The Renaissance. Let me point out a few more details:  Two books and a crucifix. What caused the Renaissance […]

A Rare Bird

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Here is a really fun story…Captain Flanagan is a "rare bird" says the Wall Street Journal.  His dedication to his job is remarkable.  He says he does what he does because "it’s his job."  I’m sure there are a number […]

Denver Seminary

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I’ve had the priviledge to worship with and share God’s word in chapel at Denver Seminary.  It has been good to see old professors who impacted my life over a decade ago as well as look into the eyes of […]

Worship-Driven (p3) Sermon Discussion

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Our worship is our witness.  That is clearly seen with Paul and Silas as they worshipped in prison.  (Acts 16) We also looked at the lives of Fannie Lou Hamer and Tony Dungy.  Our worship is unto God but it […]

Which renaissance is ours? (p2)

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When studying history, I have found it helpful to use a symbol that is representative of the subject matter.  Hans Holbein’s picture, "The Ambassadors," is the symbol that helps me summarize what The Renaissance was about. As you look at […]

Which renaissance is ours?

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  We are all renaissance people.  In America, the question is, "Which one?"  First, you have what is known as The Renaissance.  Which is more accurately called, "The Italian or European" Renaissance.  And then there is The Harlem Renaissance which […]

Come let us worship…

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Englewood and Aurora had different worship experences this weekend.  If you were present at either one, God did some amazing things. Would you just take time to share what your experience was?

Book of the Week

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I just finished Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy.  He led the Colts to a Super Bowl championship in 2007 and in the process became the first African-American coach to earn such a win.  Simply put, Quiet Strength is a spiritual […]

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Here’s a quote by James McClendon Jr., Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary about the importance of jazz. "Yet beneath and behind this so-called popular American music, generated as inevitably as a great city’s powerhouse generates unwanted urban […]

Worship-Driven (p2) Sermon Discussion

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Robert Webber said it best, "Worship is a verb."  He points out that Hebrew & Greek do not have a word for worship but only words to describe what we do when we worship.  The meaning of the two primary […]

Listen to your local police, fire and rescue!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I just learned about this cool site for those of you in the Denver area (also available in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington). It’s scandenver.net (click here) It allows you to listen live or at your leisure–they archive […]

A Renaissance Reading

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Langston Hughes was a giant of the renaissance (Harlem, that is).  This was his first published poem which he wrote when he was only a junior in high school.  Simply amazing… I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the […]

Worship Driven (p1)–Sermon Discussion

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I’m adding a new dimension to this blog.  Up until now it has primarily been focused on working out the contours of a jazz-shaped fatih.  That will continue to be the primary topic.  Howerve, beginning this weekend, it will also […]

Blog of the week!

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My friends over at Mile High Ministries have fired up their virtual pens and are blogging again…yahoo! Their new blog is called Geography of Grace.  The tag line says it all, "Grace is like water it flows downhill and pools […]

I am Batman and I can’t wait for The Dark Knight!

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Building your jazz music collection

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Building a jazz music library has to do with personal tastes while keeping an eye on history.  On the one hand, jazz is about tradition.  Being aware of who has done what and learning to appreciate the different eras of […]

Last night of Discover the Gospel in Jazz

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Tonight is our seventh and final week of our time together.  When I first started thinking about what it would be like to get together in a church and listen to great jazz and allow it to serve as a […]

WOW!!!

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I really wish those of you who read this blog outside of Denver could have been present for this weeks session of Discover the Gospel in Jazz. Henry Butler was amazing!  His musical ability, vocals and presence is astonishing.  For […]

Discover the Gospel in Jazz

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This Wednesday night we will have our sixth session of Discover the Gospel in Jazz.  This has been an absolute blast as The Upper Room has been filled for some great music and fun conversation about the good news of […]

Max Roach dies at the age of 83

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Time comes to an end for this supreme keeper of time.  Here’s a link to Drummerworld’s story about the legend (click here). (Gary the Flan has some thoughtful words about Max as well…just click on his name under recent comments […]

Reconciliation Blues

posted by Robert Gelinas

I just finished Ed Gilbreath’s Reconciliation Blues.  There have been many books on reconciliation over the years and Ed’s work stands tall among them.  As a pastor of a multi-ethnic church with a passion for the Body of Christ to […]

Discover the Gospel in Jazz

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Dave LeMieux and the House of Soul will take the stage tonight.  Incarnation and Resurrection in Jazz:  Developing Your Ear will be the topic under discussion.

Colorado Christian University Fires Professor

posted by Robert Gelinas

In a previous post we discussed what it means to be a Practicing Christian (click here).  What are the practices of a practicing Christian?  Or "How would you finish the following sentence:  A practicing Christian… The difficulty with the concept, […]

The Word in Jazz: Finding Your Voice (p2)

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Hermeneutics–the art and science of Biblical interpretation. We need this approach to scripture but it needs to be balanced with a "jazzaneutic." That is… …the art of knowing the scriptures by living them and experiencing them in community. …the willingness […]

Discover the Gospel in Jazz

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This week we welcome Andy Nevala and the unique sounds and syncopations of latin jazz. The jazz theologian will lead a discussion on The Living Word in Jazz:  Finding Your Voice. Until then, stay in the groove, robert

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 […]

About me

posted by Robert Gelinas

 Married to Barbara, the love of my life, since 1994.  With her heart  of compassion, magnificent mind and Masters in Public Administration she could run a branch of the government (and might someday).  Father:  We have six energetic children (5 […]

Life in Concert–An Atheist’s Perspective

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Hemant Mehta, an atheist, sold his soul on Ebay!  Hence the title of his new book, "I Sold My Soul on eBay:  Viewing Faith Through an Atheist’s Eyes." He is known as The Friendly Atheist and you can read and […]

What if they lived life in concert?

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The Greatest Partnership that never happened. Chris Rice, Author of Grace Matters? wrote the following article that appeared in Sojourners Magazine in 1998. 

Discovering the Gospel In Jazz

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Tonight we will be treated to the incredible talent of Isidro.  He’ll bring his eclectic mix of R & B, smooth jazz, Latin jazz and classical guitar to the stage of The Upper Room. As for the Jazz Theologian…I’ll be […]

Coltrane’s Alabama

posted by Robert Gelinas

Alabama, is a song Coltrane composed after listening the the rhythms of Martin Luther King Jr’s sermon eulogizing the four young girls killed in the bombing of a church in Birmingham.

Denver relies on churches to fight gangs

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Click here to read The Denver Post story

Discovering the Gospel In Jazz–Here’s some pictures from this week’s class

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For those of you who were present…What did the Lord say to you?  Is there anything that has stuck in your mind? Don’t forget your homework–Apply Call & Response, syncopation and improvisation to your walk with God and how you […]

Discovering the Gospel in Jazz

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Tonight, in The Upper Room, we will enjoy the soulful sounds of Chris Lang and company.  He will set the stage for us to look at Mystery in Jazz.  The gospel of Christ is a mystery revealed but that doesn’t […]

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Wynton Marsalis’ Green Chimneys on his album, "Live at the House of Tribes," is one of my all time favorite performances.  Sometimes it is the only song I’ll listen to for days at a time.  Every time you try to […]

Read it and weep, read it and sing the blues…

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Read the Denver Post article, Trashing the Truth (here)   or see the four day documentary (here)

Discovering the Gospel in Jazz

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Opening night!  Session one of Discovering the Gospel in Jazz is Wednesday night, as we welcome Nelson Rangell. The concepts presented in class can be discussed on this blog beginning Thursday morning…I’ll try and post some pictures as well. Stay […]

Discover the Gospel In Jazz

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Reflections of a Jazz Theologian Live!  Only 17 14 8 seats left.  Sold Out! Because demand has been so high we are going to operate the Upper Room at capacity.  So instead of 200 seats there are 250 (242 are […]

Project 127

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We celebrate our 60th placement! Project 127 Lord willing, the day is coming when there will be no children waiting for homes in Colorado’s foster care system.  If only the church will seek pure and faultless religion.

The, “I wish I were mo’ better” blues. (p4)

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There is a "tragicomedy" in repentance, as well.  The ancient writer, "Fenelon, says that we need to make sure that our sin leads us to repentance, which will lead us into the Father’s loving care.  When people struggle with persistent […]

The, “I wish I were mo’ better” blues. (p3)

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Sampson must have sung the blues. Chosen from birth to be set apart for God though he never seemed to have recognized how special that was.  Perhaps he took it for granted or thought that everyone had that experience.  Over […]

The, “I wish I were mo’ better” blues. (p2)

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Sometimes we sing the blues because of what other’s have done to us and then there are those times when we sing them because of what we have done to ourselves. It makes absolutely no sense why we choose the […]

The, “I wish I were mo’ better” blues. (p1)

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A Disturbance in the Force There are a lot of reasons to stay clear of sin.  Author and speaker, Gary Thomas gives one of the most compelling. "Sin creates massive disturbance in our lives; holiness brings peace." Sin creates a […]

The Original Amazing Grace

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Discover the Gospel In Jazz

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Tickets go on sale this weekend, after all five services, Saturday and Sunday outside the Sanctuary and the Upper Room!

The Monday Connection–Sabbath

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Theologically we know that Jesus is ultimately our Sabbath rest and that we should not judge each other based upon our observance of it: "These are a shadow of the things that were to come:  the reality, however, is found […]

Discover the Gospel in Jazz

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Reflections of a Jazz Theologian Live!  Every wednesday evening July 18th-August 29 in the Upper Room at the Aurora campus of Colorado Community Church.  Each evening will be a unique blend of great jazz music and spoken word from 7-9pm.  […]

“Tragicomic Hope” (p4)

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The gospel is for those whose lives have reached tragicomic proportions.  When you read Paul’s description of his life in Romans 7, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. "I do not understand what I do.  For what I […]

“Tragicomic Hope” (p3)–Bite Me!

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Do you remember when Jesus asked his disciples if his teaching offended them and many of them turned back and no longer followed him?  It was because of tragicomic hope. In John 6 Jesus fed the five thousand and then […]

“Tragicomic Hope” (p2)

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Paul said that he was not ashamed of the gospel.  (Romans 1.16)  At first, it sounds so admirable but why would he be ashamed of the gospel?  Who would be ashamed of good news unless there was something about it […]

“Tragicomic Hope” (p1)

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“The blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from […]

Jesus lost a foot, a hand and one of his arms!

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A little over a week ago I gathered my children around the table and said, "You’re not going to believe what happened last night, Jesus lost a foot,  a hand and one of his arms!"  They were predictably shocked. West […]

The Next Level Church

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I am grateful to have been invited to speak to The Next Level Church tonight.  God has used this fellowship to spur many on toward an authentic relationship with Christ.  I’ve been asked to speak about one of my favorite […]

Colfax

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Colfax–The longest street in America. The Denver Post produced an informative and interactive guide to this historic stretch of asphalt:  The Colfax Story

Wynton Marsalis–Green Chimneys

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Wynton Marsalis’ Green Chimneys on his album, "Live at the House of Tribes," is one of my all time favorite performances.  Sometimes it is the only song I’ll listen to for days at a time.  Every time you try to […]

I wonder if this is how God feels…

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Pearls Before Breakfast

A Father to the Fatherless: The Jazz Connection (p4)

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Here’s the jazz connection in all of this. How do we find unity in the body of Christ?  Some say, city-wide prayer summits and worship services.  Other churches have formal partnerships with other fellowships and swap pastors occasionally.  I have […]

A Father to the Fatherless: Getting Practical (p3)

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It’s not hard for a local church to do something! Hope for Orphans, a ministry of Family Life, has taken on the task of resourcing the bride of Christ when it comes to orphan care.  I have had the privilege […]

A Father to the Fatherless (p2)

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If God is the Father then who is the mother?  Nineteen thousand children "age out" of the foster care system in America each year.  That is, they turn 18 not knowing who will take them off to college or walk […]

A Father to the fatherless: Limbo doesn’t exist? (p1)

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No more Limbo?  The Pope is putting an end to the Catholic theological hypothesis of Limbo.  For years the Catholic church has wrestled with what happens to unbaptized infants after they have died.  Their reasoning has been:  Hell?  No.  Purgatory? […]

New Life To an Old Dream (p3)

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I’m writing a book!  (Actually, two books…) I am grateful to my wife, friends, an incredible group of literary agents (Wolgemuth and Associates) and Zondervan for encouraging, supporting and believing in me. I’ll be writing about the implications of jazz […]

New Life To an Old Dream (p2)

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There have been many times that others have told me that I should write.  The idea has always been appealing but I have had reservations. First, there was the question of motivation.  Why write a book out side of being […]

New Life To an Old Dream (p1)

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Every Lent I take all of my unresolved dreams and place them in the tomb with Jesus on Good Friday.  The weeks leading up to the celebration of Christ conquering death I take my dreams to God and allow them […]

Reflections of a Jazz Theologian Live!

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For those of you in the Denver area, mark your calendars.  The dates are set for Reflections of a Jazz Theologian Live! Every Wednesday, July 18th-August 29th, 7-9pm, in The Upper Room at Chambers and Iliff.  The cost will be […]

Robert Webber Promoted to Glory

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Professor and prolific author, Robert Webber, died Friday at 6:10 PM (Eastern time) in his wife, Joanne’s arms, after his 8 month battle with pancreatic cancer. "Depart, O Christian soul, out of this world; in the name of God the […]

Jazz is…

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“Ornette Coleman once said that when the band is playing with the drummer, it’s rock and roll, but when the drummer is playing with the band, it’s jazz.” 

Jazz is…

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"Jazz, then, breaks with Western convential thinking, denying the distinctions between composer and performer, creator and interpreter, composer and arranger, soloist and accompanist, artist and entertainer, even soloist and group.  In jazz, it is the activity itself that is as […]

Ruth Naomi Floyd Documentary

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Ruth Naomi Floyd–“O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”

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Ruth Naomi Floyd–“Micah 6:8″

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Ruth Naomi Floyd

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Check out her official website.  www.ruthnaomifloyd.com

Ruth Naomi Floyd–“Mercy”

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Ruth Naomi Floyd

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"Is there anything so secular that it can’t be sacred?" That’s a quote from Ruth Naomi Floyd, a Christian jazz artist that I’d like to introduce to you this week. Here’s a great article about her and her manager/producer Keith […]

Google-eyed (final)

posted by Robert Gelinas

The church is not a leaderless organization.  We have a head who has established the way of life for the people of the way.  Christ leads and guides his church through the Spirit.  This is why the church (universal) is […]

Google-eyed (p3)

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The Fast Company story points out that "Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia revolutionized how we think about knowledge and the encyclopedia.  Now he’s taking on Internet search.  Google has $10 billion in cash and stock worth $150 billion.  Wales has $4 […]

Blog/Book/Album…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’ve never been one to listen to audio versions of the Bible, by and and large I found them boring.  This Lent I gave up talk radio.  My goal was to reduce the number of voices in my head this […]

Google-eyed (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Fast Company magazine calls Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, "Google’s worst nightmare."  The reason is simple, he believes that there is a better way to do what Google (and Yahoo, Ask.com etc) do.  He is not to first to think this […]

Google-eyed (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, the founder of the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is all Google-eyed.  He believes that there is a better way to do online searching.  So he has started Wikia, "a collection of communities with websites that you can […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

A blog and a book… Look who was just published…thepostmodernegro! If you’ve never checked out Anthony Smith’s blog he’s worth reading (though I wished he wrote more often…daily would be nice).  He can be found at Musings of a Postmodern […]

Taking It To The Streets

posted by Robert Gelinas

This Friday I’ll be in Harrisburg, PA speaking at the Atlantic Conference for the Brethren in Christ.  This group of Christians desire to transform their communities with Christ.  The conference is called, "Taking It To The Streets."  A phrase I […]

Finding Your Voice–a personal journey (p4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

One-Note-Wonders Jazz icon Sydney Bechet once gave the following instructions to a fellow musician, “I’m going to give you one note today…See how many ways you can play that note—growl it, smear it, flat it, sharp it, do anything you […]

Finding Your Voice–a personal journey (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I prayed.  I studied.  I had anxiety attacks.  I couldn’t figure out what to say.  Then through an odd set of circumstances, I happened upon an idea–donkeys.  I could talk about the donkeys of the Bible and draw application from […]

Findng Your Voice–a personal journey (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

After much time in the scriptures and many a sermons in which I underlined every verse my pastor preached I was ready to start experimenting, risking, and searching for my own voice. When I was a freshman in high school, […]

Finding Your Voice–a personal journey (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I remember how it happened for me.  It began with me asking my Grandmother for a Bible shortly after I gave my life to Christ at the age of nine.  It was a NIV Thomson Chain and it is still […]

American Idol

posted by Robert Gelinas

It’s a family affair.  The excitement builds as we eat dinner.  How do we think the contestants will do?  Who should go home?  Who will win? We love American Idol! The only down side is elimination night.  Oh, the tears […]

John Perkins

posted by Robert Gelinas

CT has a nice article on the continuing impact of John Perkins.  He is a magnificent man and I believe that history will show the he was one of America’s most influential Christians.  A strong evangelical voice with a heart […]

Obama’s response…

posted by Robert Gelinas

There have been accusations againt Obama that he is not black (enough) and that he does not have claim to the African-American experience because is an African who is American (or so the argument goes)…click here for a previous post […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Just a book this week… The Wrong Men:  America’s Epidemic of Wrongful Death Row Convictions by Stanley Cohen.  I have felt a deep burden for those who are wrongfully convicted in our justice system for a long time.  I’ve read […]

Jazz is…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Today I was reclined on a bench reading at the 16th Street Mall in Denver when I heard the unmistakable growl of a saxophone.  I followed the sound to a man about a half a block away who was playing […]

The bones of Jesus?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Every Christmas or Easter there is some sensational claim that, supposedly, contradicts the core of Christian faith.  This year is no different.  Oscar-winning director, James Cameron, of Titanic fame is promoting this one (click here to see the CNN story). […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

A java blog…a Kermit in the Louis tradition…a classic. Blog of the Week:  The Mile High Buzz is a blog by a man with whom the Lord has seen fit to bless with love, family and coffee.  If you’re in […]

I love YouTube!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here is Miles Davis and Marcus Miller performing one of my all time favorites–Tutu.  Enjoy. Ralph Ellison said that, "…as blues-beset as life may be, the real secret is somehow to make life swing, to survive by staying in the […]

What’s a jazz theologian?

posted by Robert Gelinas

What’s a jazz theologian?  Let’s divide and conquer. What is jazz? Most people think of jazz as music, I think that it is more than music.  Music happens to be the realm in which most of us recognize it but […]

What’s a jazz theologian?

posted by Robert Gelinas

This blog has had a lot of new readers as of late and the most asked question that I am recieving is, "What is a jazz theologian?" One good way to familiarize yourself with some of the concepts would be […]

Reflections of a Jazz Theologian Live!

posted by Robert Gelinas

It’s only in the early planning stages but for those of you in the Denver area, "Reflections of a Jazz Theologian Live!" is coming soon. For seven weeks this summer (starting mid July) on Wednesday evenings we will discover the […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

An nonagenarian who’s very Don To Earth…An Invitation to a Journey…And one of Wynton’s best. Blog of the Week:  If you have not discovered the blog of Donald Crowdis you will soon see why many make it a regular read.  […]

Is Barack Obama Black?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Debra Dickerson made the case that Barack Obama is not really black (see the column here at Salon.com)  Dickerson, author of "The End of Blackness," recently appeared on the Colbert Report.  It’s hard to know what to say about it.  […]

A soudtrack for my blog!

posted by Robert Gelinas

If you have your ears on you can hear that this blog now has a soundtrack.  I’ve been experimenting with the different music widgets that Typepad is offering and I think that I finally found one that works for me.  […]

Youth For Christ Midwinter

posted by Robert Gelinas

Sorry I haven’t been responding to emails and comments for a few days…I even missed Blog/Album/Book of the Week (I’ll resume that on Friday). I had the honor of speaking at the Youth For Christ Midwinter conference.  The YFC team […]

Called to Worship (p7)

posted by Robert Gelinas

So that’s what I’ve learned by looking up at old church bells.  Perhaps, what we are discovering is that we need a theology of worship that matches what we believe worship to be. If we believe that the church should […]

Called to Worship (p6)

posted by Robert Gelinas

What if today, the whole worship service is the ringing of the bell–the call to worship? What if people are so pressured and exhausted that when they arrive in the pews (on time I might add) they are in no […]

Called to Worship (p5)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Could it be that contemporary pastors and worship leaders are glorified Quasimodo’s?  Modern day Hunchback’s of Notre Dame! I beginning to think so.  When we stand before God’s people it isn’t that they do not have clocks or watches.  Quite […]

Called to Worship (p4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Do people really worship in worship services?  I remember reading about a poll that was taken of people after attending a worship service and what they found is that if the music portion of the service lasted longer than twenty […]

Dinner with Scot McKnight

posted by Robert Gelinas

Little did I know that I would have the opportunity to have dinner with Scot McKnight on the same week that he was my blog of the week.  It just so happened that he is in Denver speaking at a […]

Called to Worship (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

As time went on and people purchased alarm clocks and automobiles the church bells were replaced.  The call to worship moved from being the bell that signaled to the song that started the service.  In some church traditions the opening […]

Called to Worship (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Bell ringing became an art and it even gained a fancy latin name:  Campanology, the study of bells. There were two main ways to ring the church bell…

Called to Worship (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Look up at most church buildings that are over a hundred years old and one thing you’ll notice is the bell tower.  Now days, if these are ever used, it is for special occasions, holidays, weddings, events like that. Originally, […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

The blog and book are by the "McKnight in shining blogger" (I know it doesn’t make sense but for some reason I still like it) and an album by some swinging Swedes.

Jazz Quotes

posted by Robert Gelinas

"Jazz has often been called America’s only original art form, its classical music, the twentieth-century music par excellence."  John F. Szwed

Apprenticeships and Jam Sessions

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz community takes various forms. Paul F. Berliner in his book, "Thinking In Jazz:  The Infinite Art of Improvisation," has this to say about community in the jazz tradition. "For almost a century, the jazz community has functioned as a […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Some ‘Conn’-versation… Some Kirk Whalum… and a fresh Christian perspective on immigration.

Eye On Africa

posted by Robert Gelinas

I found this link over at Erud-Awakening.  It’s a live web cam on a watering hole somewhere in Africa. Click here to check it out:  Eye On Africa I’m making this a permament link in my left hand column because […]

Jazz at Work

posted by Robert Gelinas

John Alan Turner over at Faith 2.0 recently emailed me the link to this article about how corporations can learn to swing.  USA Today interviewed Wynton Marsalis, who was named one of America’s Best Leaders in 2006 by Harvard’s Kennedy […]

Jazz is…

posted by Robert Gelinas

“If you know in advance every note you’re going to play and just the way you’re going to play it, there’s no need to have feelings.  Like that, if you’ve got a feeling, you just can’t use it; you can’t […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

A new blog that is sure to be a must read, an album that is a sermon, and a book about American Idols.

The Dream that Almost Wasn’t (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Mahalia Jackson had just sung, "I’ve Been ‘Buked and I Been Scorned," only to have the crowd demand an encore so she then sang the spiritual, "How I God Over." 

The Dream that Almost Wasn’t (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

When Martin Luther King Jr. stood up before the crowd that late August day he wasn’t planning on talking about the dream.  He had many wonderful things to say.  Lines about withering injustice, cashing a blank check and letting freedom […]

Jazz is…

posted by Robert Gelinas

"Put it this way.  Jazz is a good barometer of freedom…In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence thorugh which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people […]

Henry

posted by Robert Gelinas

Numbers were down in our services because of the unusually low temperatures that we are experiencing in the Mile High City.  An usher informed me that there was a man present who had just lost his wife in the past […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

This weeks picks are in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…

Ella Fitzgerald

posted by Robert Gelinas

Lady Ella, the First Lady of Song, gets a stamp! (click here to read the story on the official Ella Fitzgerald site)

Cars

posted by Robert Gelinas

Recently, Jamey Johnson posted "A Man’s Love Affair…"  It’s about how we men love our automobiles.  I’d be embarrassed to admit how much I think about cars.  I read about them, test drive them and compare the 0-60 stats. Audi’s […]

Creative Tension: Mystery (p5)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Remove the mystery.  Remove the romance. Freshness in any relationship has elements of expectation and mystery.  They are the stuff of romance.  If we are going to remember our First Love we will need to guard the embers and stoke […]

TV Withdrawals

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’m am in the midst of a second round of TV withdrawals.  About a year ago my wife and I rearranged our house to maximize family relationships.  In the process we moved our television upstairs out of the main traffic […]

My life’s goal

posted by Robert Gelinas

God asks the question… "…for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?" Jeremiah 30.21b I know that this question is rhetorical and the context is messianic but all I know is that it has become […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

The blog of Leadership Journal/Christianity Today, a controversial album by one of the greats and a book that is the theory behind the praxis of reaching this place we call the USA…

Creative Tension: Mystery (p4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

James Lucas gives us the ingredients to embracing the paradoxes of God and living with the mystery.  His components in part are… a truth an opposing truth a willingness:  We choose to press the two truths against each other as […]

Creative Tension: Mystery (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Lucas describes an ancient way of interpreting the Bible, one that he argues Jesus used, it’s called "halakic reasoning."  Simply put it is holding "both strands of a paradox in tension and balance, knowing that with God both sides must […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

This weeks Blog, Album and Book of the week includes action figures, a classic and a book with an an interesting question…

Creative Tension: Mystery (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

James Lucas in his book, "Knowing the Unknowable God:  How Faith Thrives on Divine Mystery," calls it the shocking truth.  What is it? God is still hiding things from us and this creates mystery and tensions for us that we […]

Creative Tension: Mystery (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

The kingdom of God is about mystery.  It is about a God who has purposely hid that which is most vital to life. There is a reason Jesus calls us to "seek" the kingdom.  It isn’t that it is lost, […]

Blog/Album/Book…of the Week!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the side columns of my blog.  Up until now I have had a typical blogroll where I list some of my favorite blogs.  The only problem is that there are […]

Merry Christmas To Me!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I can’t believe what turned up at the used book store the other day.  "Simple’s Uncle Sam" by Langston Hughes.  The store knows to call me if any title arrives by Ellison or Hughes.  They called and I dropped what […]

The Original Christmas Carols (p7)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Nunc Dimittis is the last of the original Christmas Carols that were sung around the time of the birth of Christ. "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen your […]

The Original Christmas Carols (p6)

posted by Robert Gelinas

If we can understand what the angels were doing than we can BE angels too! The passage clearly says that they were proclaiming the gospel. "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news (gospel) of great joy that will […]

The Original Christmas Carols (p5)

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Gloria (Lk. 2.14).  This third original song of the season also has some jazzitude.  But in order to see it we need to ask the right questions. Hermeneutics seeks to discover meaning in what is being said.  Jazzaneutics sees […]

The Original Christmas Carols (p4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Benedictus If Mary resembles Billy Holiday then Zechariah is more like Nat King Cole.  The Benedictus (Lk. 1.67-79) at it core is a love song in which old Z sings about how "Unforgettable" his God is.  The first word […]

The Original Christmas Carols (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Improvisation in the Magnificat I am mesmerized by the Magnificat.  How did Mary master the skills of improvisation at such an early age?  Jazz singers take old songs and standards and make them new–that is exactly what Mary was doing…

The Original Christmas Carols (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Magnificat in Jazz When I picture Mary singing the Magnificat I envision a smoke filled room, clanking glasses and the low hum of conversation that ceases when she begins to sing from her soul.  With the poise of a […]

The Original Christmas Carols (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Dr. Luke never met Jesus.  So when he wrote his Gospel he had to interview those who were first hand witnesses.  (Lk. 1.1-4)  As he spoke with Mary the mother of Jesus, John the Baptists father, the shepherds and Simeon, […]

New Orleans Diaspora

posted by Robert Gelinas

Have you noticed? It has been a little over a year since the displaced residents of New Orleans began arriving in our home towns all around the nation.  We have put them up in our homes, welcomed them in our […]

Catch A Fire

posted by Robert Gelinas

I just saw Catch A Fire.  If it’s still playing in your area go and see it!

Brother Jack McDuff

posted by Robert Gelinas

  If you love the Hammond B-3 organ then you must hear Brother Jack McDuff.  He is one of the most obvious links between jazz and the church.  Drawing upon the soul of the saints and one of the halmark […]

posted by Robert Gelinas

When posted my entry below I had no idea…may he rest in peace.

Ed Bradley’s JazzCast

posted by Robert Gelinas

If you are wanting to learn about jazz in a fun and unique way, check out Ed Bradley’s JazzCast. On a weekly basis, Ed Bradly does a radio show that you can listen to on NPR or listen on line […]

Swing & Syncopation (p4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Syncopating the scriptures… "I am…I am…I am."  Jesus set us up with that bass line each time finishing it a different way but then he adds a surprise on his final use of the phrase in John 15. "I am […]

Swing & Syncopation (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Syncopating the scriptures… Let’s see what happens when we search for the off beat in the Gospel of John.  One of the main beats that John built in to the telling of the life of Jesus was the "I Am" […]

Swing & Syncopation (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Swing is one of the halmarks of jazz.  It is what gives the music life and momentum, it is what causes your toe to tap and your head to nod.  This is accomplished through what is known as syncopation–accenting the […]

Swing & Syncopation (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

"It don’t mean a thing if it aint got that swing."  Duke Ellington

The Jazz Conductor

posted by Robert Gelinas

I love this picture! John Allen’s authorized biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu, is fresh off the press and chapter 9 has a suprising title…

The New American Dream

posted by Robert Gelinas

Speaking of the American Dream, Aaron McGruder called it quits! His comic strip, The Boondocks, has been a unique commentary on American life.  Grandfather moves to the suburbs (i.e. the boondocks) and then his two grandchildren come to live with […]

The Purple Politician?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Barack Obama’s long awaited book, "The Audacity of Hope," hit the bookshelves today.  Up until now we have known a lot about his personal story but little about what he thinks about the issuies and his vision for the future […]

What does this mean about us?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Be honest.  Did you watch?

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