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Are you one?

posted by Robert Gelinas

“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 […]

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You Can Host a Jazz Theologian Live Experience!

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 […]

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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

What’s the story of your life? (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Following the one-handed man in San Antonio (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

We were looking for a Starbucks as the one-handed man passed by and over heard our conversation.  "The closest one is a quarter mile away in the hotel,"  he said.   He offered to take us there and added, "I […]

Andy Crouch talks Jazz & Classical Theology on theooze.tv

posted by Robert Gelinas

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Jazz Theology 101 (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

What is jazz theology? It is what happens to our faith when we discover that jazz is more than music.  Once this is realized we begin to see jazz everywhere.  It was the great novelist, Ralph Ellison, who said that […]

Finding The Groove Update

posted by Robert Gelinas

My new book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith will be available at the National Pastors Convention in February and should start arriving at your local bookstore sometime in late March. To wet your appetite, Zondervan has made the first chapter available online.  (Click […]

Isn’t it ironic?

posted by Robert Gelinas

It's Sunday evening and I'm sitting in my favorite coffee shop hard at work on my next book.  A group of twenty or so people have just arrived and started a meeting right next to me.  It sounds like they […]

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