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The Sankofa Institute Online: Uncommon Vision

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

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Wynton and Willie are at it again!

posted by Robert Gelinas

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God’s Bad Reputation

posted by Robert Gelinas

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

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In Many Colors: Interview w/ Soong-Chan Rah

posted by Robert Gelinas

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?

posted by Robert Gelinas

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

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

Better than Bieber?

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

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

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

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

posted by Robert Gelinas

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)

posted by Robert Gelinas

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

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

What’s on your summer reading list?

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

Movies You Watch Again and Again

posted by Robert Gelinas

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

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

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

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

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 […]

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.” […]

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

posted by Robert Gelinas

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

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…

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.

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 […]

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?

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

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 […]

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 […]

The Book of Eli

posted by Robert Gelinas

If you like the book of Judges (you know, that Old Testament book replete with swords, sexual assault, gore and God) then you'll love the Book of Eli.  Denzel Washington's latest is a journey into the future to a time […]

Jesus on Death Row by Mark Osler

posted by Robert Gelinas

I just read Mark Osler's Jesus on Death Row:  The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment.  It's worth your time for two reasons.  One, anything that reminds us of what our Savior did for our salvation will only serve to […]

Some Parts are Not for Sharing–An essential little book

posted by Robert Gelinas

As parents we are always looking for little ways to teach big lessons.  Julie Federico has provided such a tool. Some Parts are Not for Sharing, is a simple little book to teach children about boundaries with their bodies.  I […]

Freddie Hubbard dead at 70–RIP

posted by Robert Gelinas

Freddie Hubbard died today…

The Faith of Barack Obama

posted by Robert Gelinas

Book Review of Stephen Mansfield's The Faith Of Barack Obama–written for UrbanFaith.com I started reading Stephen Mansfield’s The Faith of Barack Obama mostly out of curiosity. I knew Mansfield had previously written The Faith of George W. Bush, a sympathetic religious […]

Thelonious Monk–Live at the It Club

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm really enjoying listening to Thelonious Monk's Live at the "IT" Club.  Recorded in 1964 at the once famous LA club it features Monk on piano, Charlie Rouse on Tenor Sax, Larry Gales plays bass and Ben Riley on drums. […]

Quantum of Solace

posted by Robert Gelinas

Hmmm…at first I didn't like the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace.  After all, where were all the gadgets.  But then I thought about the title. Quantum:  the smallest amount. Solace:  Peace Isn't that what the world is searching […]

E.S.T…R.I.P.

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Esbjorn Svensson Trio, E.S.T., recently released their latest and last album.  Sadly, pianist Esbjorn Svensson, died earlier this year in a diving accident. E.S.T. has been on the cutting edge of jazz since their breakthrough in the late 90's. […]

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