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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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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 […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

Finding the Groove Review

posted by Robert Gelinas

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding The Groove–What other’s are saying…

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm grateful to Jerry Starks over at Christian Performing Artists who just posted a review of my book, Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith.  Check it out!

Finding The Groove Live!–3rd Printing!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Zondervan notified me today that my book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith, is in it's 3rd printing!   Thanks to all of you for your support. Stay in the groove, robert 

So What

posted by Robert Gelinas

"So What," is the first track on Miles Davis' ground breaking album "Kind of blue."

Kind of Blue (part 4–in conclusion)

posted by Robert Gelinas

"The parallels between the lives of African-Americans battling for their freedom as citizens and that of jazz musicians for their freedom from European harmony are too close to be mere happenstance." Jazz icon, Miles Davis, used to play with his […]

Kind of Blue (part 3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Pre-Kind Of Blue, that is 1959, Conformity was a way of seeking acceptance in America. Jazz musicians needed to make clear the fierce intelligence that was necessary to play [jazz]. The greater society thought of jazz as merely an offshoot […]

Kind Of Blue (part 2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

America in the 1950's–All a matter of perspective. The war was over, suburbia was being invented and the American dream was being pursued…by some For black America, the 1950's were a decade of emergence. After 90 years of not being […]

Kind of Blue (part 1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

It has been said that jazz history can be divided into two segments: “Before Kind Of Blue and after Kind Of Blue.” In 1959 Miles Davis recorded Kind Of Blue and “More than forty years after its release, it is […]

Finding the Groove Milestone!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Big milestone for my book…just received news from the publisher that, Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith, is now in it's second printing.

Finding The Groove–Audio Book

posted by Robert Gelinas

The audio version of my book will be available next month.  In addition to me reading, we added some nice jazz music to the track as well.  Go to this link and listen to the sample all the way through… […]

What’s a Jazz Theologian?

posted by Robert Gelinas

A jazz theologian is someone who balances classical faith with a jazz-shaped faith.   As we take the stage our ensemble can know that: -We are practicing Christians.  Having spent sufficient time in the woodshed learning the standards we now […]

The Word in Jazz: Finding Your Voice (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

What is the Bible?  All too often we treat it like a science project:  Study it…develop propositions about it…defend it. Now I'm all for serious Bible study.  We can only benefit from understanding the original languages and context.  However, we […]

Jazz & Soul Nights: Finding The Groove Live!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Tonight is our next installment of Finding the Groove Live! @ The Soiled Dove Underground.  We'll be looking at Finding Your Voice:   What if there is another way to know the Scriptures?  What if we experienced the word of […]

Finding The Groove–What other’s are saying…

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Discerning Reader posted a nice review about Finding the Groove…

Finding the Groove–Now available on Kindle

posted by Robert Gelinas

My book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped faith, is now available for all of you Kindle users as well…

Relationships in Jazz: Life in Concert

posted by Robert Gelinas

What a night we just had at the Soiled Dove Underground for another session of Finding the Groove Live!  We talked about how jazz offers an alternative to the models of the melting pot and the salad bowl when it […]

Finding The Groove–What other’s are saying…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Thanks to the Englewood Review of Books for their review of Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith.

Finding The Groove Live!–Jazz and Soul Nights

posted by Robert Gelinas

Feel free to join in the conversation below as we compose a jazz-shaped faith.And as always, stay in the groove,Robert

Coming Soon: Finding The Groove–Audio Book

posted by Robert Gelinas

Just finished recording the audio version of Finding the Groove.  It's complete with some cool jazz grooves from Dave Lemieux & House of Soul and recording artist Chris Lang. It's really good…you're going to want to hear this! Stay in […]

Jazz-Shaped Evangelism

posted by Robert Gelinas

John Coltrane was not a Christian.  Though he was reared in his grandfather’s church and was familiar with the ways of Christ, he pursued God outside of Christianity.  Why he did not he come back to the church we don’t […]

Jazz-Shaped Spirituality

posted by Robert Gelinas

Acknowledgment, Resolution, Pursuance and Psalm….Those were Coltrane’s stations. We could take them on as our own and seek to move through each stage ourselves; however, a jazz-shaped spirituality is not about merely copying other people’s walk with God but being […]

Finding The Groove–What other’s are saying…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Theologian, author and Jesus Creed blogger extraordinaire, Scot McKnight was very kind to review my book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith… There are very few books like this one — in fact, there is none. I really liked this book, […]

Coltrane the Soul Trane

posted by Robert Gelinas

"A Love Supreme" the original Liner notes "Dear Listener: All Praise Be To God To Whom All Praise Is Due. Let us pursue Him in the righteous path. Yes it is true; “seek and ye shall find.” Only through Him […]

Talkin’ Trane

posted by Robert Gelinas

The key to Coltrane is found not in how or what he played but why he played the way, he did. Musically he was a genius and a trendsetter. Practicing for hours a day, he developed unprecedented speed that awed […]

Jazz & Soul Nights: Finding The Groove Live!

posted by Robert Gelinas

See you tonight!   Handful of tickets still available:  Soileddove.com (For those of you following along in the book we'll be covering chapter four, Creative Tension.)

Finding The Groove Live! (Check this out!)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Get your tickets now! The next chapter of Finding the Groove Live! is just around the corner:  April 28, 7pm @ the Soiled Dove Underground. This session will focus on Creative Tension and how it opens up new ways of […]

posted by Robert Gelinas

Three Essential Concepts: Syncopation, Improvisation and Call & Response (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Call & Response are a part of jazz because jazz was conceived, birthed and incubated in the church before the church abandoned IT, rejected IT and forgot IT. If improvisation highlights the fact that every person has a unique contribution […]

Finding The Groove–What other’s are saying…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Dr. Gregory Laughery is the L'abri Fellowship in Switzerland was kind enough to read and review Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith.  I am grateful for his kind words (a a five star review on Amazon.com) Robert Gelinas has […]

Three Essential Concepts: Syncopation, Improvisation and Call & Response (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Improvisation is the risk of composing in the moment. When you read God's iteraction with Abraham as he pleads for Sodom (Gen. 18), Moses as he negotiates with God after the golden calf (Ex. 32) or the story of Jonah–God […]

Finding The Groove Radio Interviews

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'll be discussing Finding the Groove on a variety radio shows beginning today… Friday April  3–For those of you in the Midwest tune into Along the Way 12pm (MST) Monday April 6–In Cleveland, Ohio be sure to set your dial […]

Three Essential Concepts: Syncopation, Improvisation and Call & Response (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Syncopation is accenting the offbeat.  It is not discovering what is hidden but rather what is already there but not heard. Syncopation is what brings life to jazz causing you to want to take on the cool head nod in […]

Review of Finding the Groove Live! by Dr. Doug Groothuis

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here's a review of Finding the Groove Live! by Christian Philosopher and Denver Seminary professor, Dr. Doug Groothuis…

What is IT?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Grammy award winner, Wynton Marsalis tells the following story about discovering IT. Now, my younger brother Ellis couldn’t understand all this fuss about jazz.  He wasn’t a musician, and jazz just didn’t speak to him.  But he figured it might […]

Finding The Groove Live!–Opening Night

posted by Robert Gelinas

We just finished another great night of the kickoff to Finding the Groove Live! at the Soiled Dove underground.   Here's a picture of the multi-talented, Chris Lang, playing Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Remember, this is just the beginning and […]

Finding The Groove Live!–Opening Night

posted by Robert Gelinas

Thanks for all of you who came out as we began our journey towards Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith.  What a blast

Finding The Groove Live!–Opening Night has arrived

posted by Robert Gelinas

Update:  Sold Out for March 30 & 31 Monday and Tuesday are opening nights for Finding the Groove Live!  I'm really excited as we are basically sold out (wow, that's 600 people!).  Each of you will receive a complimentary copy […]

Finding The Groove Live!–Update

posted by Robert Gelinas

Over 500 tickets have been sold to Finding the Groove Live @ the Soiled Dove Underground.  (March 30th or 31st)  For those of you in the Denver area you can purchase tickets online at soileddove.com.  If we sell out (which we […]

Finding the Groove is now available!

posted by Robert Gelinas

My new book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith, is now readily available at your local bookstore or Amazon.com.   Zondervan has made the first chapter available on line (click here).

Finding The Groove KNKT 107.1 Interview

posted by Robert Gelinas

This week I'll be discussing by book Finding the Groove:  Composintg A Jazz-Shaped Faith on  ABQ Connect KNKT FM Tuesday Wednesday at 1:15pm MST.  Peter Benson is the host of this engaging talk show in Albuquerque, NM and I'm really  looking forward […]

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