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Knowing Jesus By Heart: It Takes Practice!

posted by Robert Gelinas

“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 […]

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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 […]

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Denver Seminary & A Jazz-Shaped Faith

posted by Robert Gelinas

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!

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Christianity Today: Who’s Next Article

posted by Robert Gelinas

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

Jazz Theologian Live!–Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith

posted by Robert Gelinas

Also, be sure to check out Jazztheologian.com!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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