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Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (P6)

posted by Robert Gelinas

This book just keeps getting better!

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Guest Blogger: Patricia Raybon

posted by Robert Gelinas

A Ghost? Or Our God?   By Patricia Raybon It’s dark, cold and early. But I’m excited. On this morning, the most important thing I have to do is hear from God. And not just a little bit. I want to […]

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Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

As we continue our study of the book of Ester we are reminded that God’s faithfulness is not dependent upon our faithfulness.  Also, we discover what an Agagite is!

Sermon of the Week: Your Lot in Life (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

We continue our study of the book of Esther–the only book in the Bible that doesn’t mention God!

Why Do African-Americans Vote for Democrats?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Lisa Sharon-Harper has started quite a discussion over at Sojo.net with her article: A History Lesson for Herman Cain. Every wonder why the majority of African-Americans are Democrats?  Why do African-Americans vote for Dems., even though President Lincoln was a […]

Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing

posted by Robert Gelinas

One evening, as I sat around the table with a handful of my buddies, the conversation turned toward our fathers.  I was quiet for a long time.  As a fatherless adult I didn’t know how to engage the topic.  Then […]

Don’t Let Georgia Kill Troy Davis

posted by Robert Gelinas

From AmnestyUSA.org: The day is now here – the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for September 21st. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal earlier this year.  But the story remains the same – Troy Davis […]

Angel at Ground Zero

posted by Robert Gelinas

Genelle Guzman-McMillan was the last survivor rescued from the rubble when the towers collapsed.  Here’s her story in her own words: “Today I still work for The Port Authority as I did when I clocked in at the World Trade […]

One Name, Two Fates (P2)–A Tale of Two Michaels

posted by Robert Gelinas

In a previous post I wrote about, The Other Wes Moore, the story of two men with the same name and similar backgrounds yet vastly different destinies. Recently, the Rev. Leon Kelly stopped by The Sankofa Institute for a conversation.  He […]

One Name, Two Fates (p1)–The Other Wes Moore

posted by Robert Gelinas

Not long ago I read, The Other Wes Moore:  One Name, Two Fates. Wes Moore grew up poor, fatherless and in a drug decayed neighborhood.  So did the other Wes Moore.  Wes Moore became a paratrooper, decorated veteran, Rhodes Scholar […]

Denver’s Own Slam Nuba Wins National Poetry Slam

posted by Robert Gelinas

Congratulations to Denver’s own Slam Nuba! Last week they traveled Boston and competed against over 300 poets and brought home the honor of being National Poetry Slam Champions. Seventy five teams entered the competition and by the time he finals […]

John Stott Promoted to Glory!

posted by Robert Gelinas

This man had immeasurable kingdom impact!  (Read the CT article, “John Stott Has Died,” here)

For the Fatherless–In Honor of My True Dad

posted by Robert Gelinas

This weekend is so bittersweet for those of us who grew up without fathers.  The statistics are 40% of all children and 70+% of African-Americans grow up without a man in the house.  It creates a pain and longing that […]

Sermon of the Week: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Sankofa Institute Online: The Gospel in our History

posted by Robert Gelinas

Carl Ellis in his book, Free At Last? The Gospel in the African-American Experience, makes this profound statement: It is a disgrace that we have not learned to preache ‘the full counsel of God’ through our history, the way Stephen […]

Sermon of the Week–Old School Playlist P1–Satisfaction

posted by Robert Gelinas

Sermon of the Week: Snakebit!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Last weeks easter message…

The Sankofa Institute Online: Free At Last? By Carl Ellis (Chpt. 2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

“De-Egyptianization” is the term for what happened to Israel in the desert.  After four hundred years of slavery their culture and identity was virtually destroyed and in need of restoration.  They were in such bad shape that even though God […]

The Sankofa Institute Online: Free At Last? by Carl Ellis (Chpt 1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

At The Sankofa Institute we are reading Carl Ellis’ Free At Last:  The Gospel in the African-American Experience.  Outside of the Bible this is the most influential book in my life.  Ellis is seeking to demonstrate a way for all […]

Obama on the Resurrection

posted by Robert Gelinas

This week President Obama hosted his annual Easter Prayer Breakfast.  He spoke briefly about Christ’s resurrection and grace. He is risen…He is risen indeed! (Read my review of, “The Faith of Barack Obama” entitled, “Belonging Before Believing)

Keeping Watch with Jesus

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jesus said to his disciples, “could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Mt. 26.40)  This has inspired Christians to keep vigil with Jesus starting tonight through Good Friday. The goal is to meditate upon Jesus’ final hours. […]

Holy Week Meditation

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jesus died on the cross for many reasons.  One of which was to set us free from sin.  Because of Christ’s work on the cross we are no longer are slaves to our sinful desires–as hard as it may be […]

Now that’s a cheerful giver!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Scripture says that God loves a cheerful giver.  This guy must have Jesus grinning from ear to ear!

Sermon of the Week: Knowing Jesus By Heart-Template

posted by Robert Gelinas

Woudn’t it be nice if there were a template for the Christian life?  There is…

Pastor Fired for Questioning Hell

posted by Robert Gelinas

Chad Holtz lost his job because he struggles with hell.  What did he do for a living? He was a pastor. Marrow Chapel in Henderson, North Carolina, dismissed him not because he doesn’t believe in hell but because he struggles […]

Rose Mapendo (AKA–“Great Love”)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Rose Mapendo’s last name means great love.  She is a compelling example of a life lived out of the cross of Christ.  Watch the video and listen to the interview to find out why. Listen to NPR interview with Rose […]

Sermon of the Week: Knowing Jesus By Heart (p3)–Mastery

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jesus wept…twice.

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jesus wept.  It’s the shortest verse in the Bible.  The thing is, Jesus wept more than once. The first time Christ cried was at the death of his friend Lazarus. “Jesus wept.  Then the Jews said, ‘See how he loved […]

Sermon of the Week: Knowing Jesus By Heart (p2)–Imitation

posted by Lakesha Gadson

Knowing Jesus By Heart: Imitation (Pastor Robert Gelinas) from Colorado Community Church on Vimeo.

Best argument against the existence of God

posted by Robert Gelinas

I believe in God.   I’ve given my life to him and hope, pray and work so that others will too.  That said, in the new book that I’m writing, there is a section with my best argument against the […]

When the Sheen Wears off

posted by Robert Gelinas

It’s not so funny in real life.   A womanizing bachelor with deep psychological issues makes for a good sitcom but a sobering reality show.  For years we have made the shenanigans of Two and a Half Men’s, pleasure seeking […]

Are you typical?

posted by Robert Gelinas

One of my favorite prayers…

posted by Robert Gelinas

“O God, I know that if I do not love You with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my strength, I shall love something else with all my heart and mind and […]

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction (p4-Final Installment)

posted by Robert Gelinas

This is the final installment of this series of posts on wrongful convictions (Part 1–Part 2–Part 3) How and why do they keep happening?  What’s the “anatomy of a wrongful conviction?” H. Patrick Furman is a law professor at the University […]

The Faith of Barack Obama

posted by Robert Gelinas

President Obama is a classic case of faith in a post-modern world in which people belong before they believe rather than vice versa. (Click here to read my review of “The Faith of Barack Obama” by Stephen Mansfield that I […]

My favorite King Quotes

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here are two of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes: “I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to identify with the poor.  I choose to give my life to the hungry.  I choose to give my life […]

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

How many people in prison are actually innocent?   Depends on which reasearcher you ask.   Some say that there error rate is around 13 percent  in murder convictions.  The most hopeful estimate is that 99.5 percent of convictions are accurate.  Even […]

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

There is no proof that we have executed an innocent man or woman.  Though if you ask sister Helen Prejean she thinks that it has already occurred.  In her book, “The Death of Innocents:  An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions,” […]

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

It’s almost normal for us to hear the story of a wrongfully convicted person going free after years in prison. The latest? Cornelius Dupree Jr. who was declared innocent after serving 30 years in prison for a crime he did […]

Tebow, Vick–Which Bandwagon?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Living in the Mile High City the Tim Tebow bandwagon has arrived and the line is forming.  There are hopes that he’s the next John Elway who will lead us to the promised land.  Before he even took a snap […]

Whatever Happened to Kwanzaa?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Ed Gilbreath at UrbanFaith.com writes: “Kwanzaa anyone?  Is it just me, or does it seem Kwanzaa’s popularity has taken a hit?  Over the last decade or so the celebration of this distinctively African-American holiday seemed to really picked up momentum, […]

Jazz Great Billy Taylor Dies at 89

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jazz legend and educator Billy Taylor passed away last night in New York City.

Leading Ladies: Kate Middleton, Sarah Palin and…Who?

posted by Robert Gelinas

They’re getting married! Sarah Palin “I believe so.” Suu Kyi Released Join the Groove:  Which of these ladies SHOULD be leading in news coverage?  To me the answer is obvious, so what does it say about us when Suu Kyi’s […]

Motorcycle crash in church–Gimmicks and the Gospel

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jesus should be our model for communicating the gospel.  Our Lord was extremely creative with the use of stories, illustrations and parables.  Yet in our attempt to communicate the good news of the kingdom, there is a fine line between […]

Chilean Miners’ Jesus T-Shirts

posted by Robert Gelinas

Why were the Chilean Miners’ wearing Jesus T-Shirts?   Click here to find out

I’m thinking about starting a leadership program…

posted by Robert Gelinas

My heart is broken…has been for a long time.  Here we are almost fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement and while so many positive things have happened there is still so much to do concerning the African-American community.  The […]

What if God wasn’t there?

posted by Robert Gelinas

John Piper in his book, “God is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself,” ask this clarifying question: “If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, […]

Pictures from my dream sabbatical!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Back from my sabbatical…what a blast it was! (Thanks Jason & Jeremy!)

Rocky Mountain Conference 2010

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’m looking forward to speaking this weekend to the crisis pregnancy workers of Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Conference in beautiful Buena Vista.  These people are angels to women in times of need, confusion & stress.  It is my prayer […]

Why do you listen to sermons?

posted by Robert Gelinas

As my sabbatical is nearing its end my mind is returning to that which God has called me to do– primarily, preaching.  I’m currently reviewing all of the sermons that I’ve preached over the last decade and making observations so […]

Boyfriend Bails on Foul Ball…girlfriend gets hit!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Caught on tape–This guys in trouble…

If they can do it so can we!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Immigration Reform: A Christian Perspective

posted by Robert Gelinas

Today, President Obama addressed comprehensive immigration reform. He even invited a number of prominent evangelicals to attend. Have you heard of Colorado Christian Leaders for Immigration Reform?   It’s a collation of Christ-followers who have thought long and hard about […]

Sunday Sermon–The Book of Revelation (p)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Study of the Book of Revelation (p3)–The Unveiling:  Imagine an Open Door (click to watch video or listen to audio)

Anti-Rape Condom!

posted by Robert Gelinas

What’s your take on the new anti-rape, rape fighting condom with teeth?  (Read the CNN Story Here)  Some say it’s a great idea, other’s think it will make a bad situation worse… Join the Groove:  What do you think?

Nominate this Blog!–2010 Black Weblog Awards

posted by Robert Gelinas

It’s not too late! Nominations for The Black Weblog Awards go through July–Help me win again like you did last year! 1)  Please go to this link: Black Weblog Awards 2)  Nominate my blog for best faith based blog (to make […]

Martin Luther King Jr.–The Definition of Greatness

posted by Robert Gelinas

Black Weblog Awards 2010–Nominate this Blog

posted by Robert Gelinas

Last year this blog was awarded the judges choice for the Best Faith Based Blog in the Black Weblog Awards. I’d like to repeat this year, perhaps with the popular vote as well, so I need your help! 1)  Please […]

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 […]

Panera Bread: Take What You Need, Pay What You Can

posted by Robert Gelinas

Panera Bread is conducting an experiment in trust.   What if you could pick out anything you wanted to eat and then, instead of paying, you just donated what you could.   (Read the details here) Can a non-profit approach […]

Jazztheologian.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

For speaking, scheduling, writing, podcast, twitter, facebook and contact information please visit  jazztheologian.com

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 […]

Happy Ascension Day: It is for your good that I am going away

posted by Robert Gelinas

Today is ascension day.  Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead Christ ascended into the sky as the disciples stood watching with their mouths hanging open. Jesus told them that he would be leaving.  He even went so far […]

Obama Nominates Elena Kagan

posted by Robert Gelinas

Today, President Obama nominated Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.  In his introduction of her, he lauded her professional accomplishments, her love for the New York Mets and that she seeks to understand before she disagrees. I had the privilege […]

Comedian In Chief

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jay Leno presented as well…click below.

Arizona Immigration Enforcement Bill

posted by Robert Gelinas

There’s a lot of debate about Arizona’s new immigration and enforcement bill.  Have you read it?  Here it is. My question is not what you think of the bill, but what process should a Christian go through to determine what […]

10 Cars to Drive Before You Die

posted by Robert Gelinas

Car and Driver named the “10 Cars to Drive Before You Die.” I’ve driven two one of them (the Porsche & Honda S2000) what about you? (I’m not sure…that Porsche might have been in my dreams)

Muslim Christian Dialogue–Coming Soon!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I’m currently reading, “Between Allah & Jesus:  What Christians Can Learn from Muslims.”  It’s about, “What would happen if Christians and a Muslim at a university talked and disagreed, but really tried to understand each other?  What would they learn?” […]

Guam Tipping Over

posted by Robert Gelinas

I admit it. I keep chuckling about Rep. Hank Johnson’s concern about Guam tipping over.  Makes me wonder though…What should I know that I don’t?  What are the things I assert dogmatically but have no clue?

Tiger Woods & The Voice of His Father

posted by Robert Gelinas

Nike’s commercial feature’s Tiger’s face with the voice of his late father.  What do you think?

Peace with People is preceded by…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Ever since God escorted us out of the garden there has been one simple rule of relationships:  Peace with God precedes peace with others.  If we try to reverse the order it will never work.  At Babel we even see […]

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 […]

Soldiers Surprise Their Loved Ones

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let the tears roll…

Is it our turn now?

posted by Robert Gelinas

When Muslim extremists plan and carry out acts of terror you often hear calls for mainstream Muslim’s to denounce their fringe brethren.  The “Hutaree,” a Christian militia group was apparently planning to bring about Armageddon.  These “Christian Warriors” were preparing […]

What do you look for in an Easter sermon?

posted by Robert Gelinas

This is the week…Easter…The celebration of the resurrection.  More people will attend church services this week than any other time of the year.  As one who is in the midst of preparing a sermon for this occasion I feel the […]

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 […]

Knowing God…Is There an App for that?

posted by Robert Gelinas

How do you integrate faith and technology? Computers, mp3 players, smart phones, blogs and social media are a part of the fabric of life in the 21st century. Take my iPhone for example.  I use it to to find movies, check […]

Jazztheologian.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

If you Facebook or Twitter let’s connect there too–Jazztheologian.com

Is Health Care a Life Issue?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let’s set aside whether or not you like the new health care bill and focus on a fundamental question that is dividing Christians:  Is health care a life issue? Generally speaking, most Evangelical Christians are pro-life when it comes to […]

The Unveiling: Book of Revelation

posted by Robert Gelinas

The Unveiling:  Sermon Series on the book of Revelation–Subscribe to Podcast here

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 […]

Gendercide

posted by Robert Gelinas

Lord have mercy…The Worldwide War on Baby Girls (The Economist).

Glenn Beck Said What?!

posted by Robert Gelinas

“I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising […]

Transition to Beliefnet.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

We're moving…virtually that is. The transition of this blog to Beliefnet.com will take place this coming Tuesday.  This opportunity to compose a jazz-shaped faith with a wider context feels like an open door from God and I'm excited about it. […]

Did Tiger Choose the Right Faith?

posted by Robert Gelinas

My commentary on Tiger Woods is now on UrbanFaith.com.

Tiger Woods Wants to Be as Buddhist as…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Recently, Tiger Woods went before TV cameras and a roomful of journalists and friends to apologize for his marital infidelity and all the damage it has wrought. In the midst of his confession, he revealed what he considers to be […]

“Fatwa” Against Al-Qaeda!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Muslim Scholar Issues "Fatwa" Against Al-Qaeda Terrorism

Update on Exciting Changes coming to JazzTheologian.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here's an update on the changes coming to this blog… 1)  Hope you like the new design on jazztheologian.com… 2)  I have decided to move my blog to beliefnet.com.  I appreciate all of your input and encouragement in this process. […]

Can’t stop thinking about this weekends services.

posted by Robert Gelinas

Driving to members class…can’t stop thinking about the services this weekend.

As Lent begins…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let us follow Jesus into the desert.   As Christ went without food for forty days let us consider what we could do without as well.  Oh, not for the purpose of seeing how strong we are, quite the opposite…to […]

A Good Valentine’s Day at Church

posted by Robert Gelinas

Why the Leno experiment didn’t work?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Why wasn't The Jay Leno Show successful?   I watched Leno regularly on the Tonight show but not as much in his new times slot.  Actually, if I'm honest, I rarely watched a full episode of The Tonight Show, rather, […]

Exciting Changes Coming to Jazztheologian.com–Need Your Input

posted by Robert Gelinas

As I posted earlier there are two big changes coming to jazztheologian.com: 1)  New Design:  A new, sleek look is just around the corner. 2)  I have been asked to blog for Beliefnet.com.  Beliefnet is the worlds largest religious website […]

Super Bowl Commercials Upon Reflection

posted by Robert Gelinas

Upon reflection, here are my thoughts on the Super Bowl commercials.

Good Reads for Black History Month

posted by Robert Gelinas

I was asked to post a list of good books to read during Black History Month.  Here's my top ten in no particular order… A Testament of Hope:  The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr, Compiled by […]

The Prayers of the Saints

posted by Robert Gelinas

 "The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints went up before God…" Rev. 8.4 This weekend was our 2020 Vision Prayer Summit at CCC.  What a priviledge it was to lead our church in praying for […]

It’s not the British House of Commons, but…

posted by Robert Gelinas

I've always watched debate in the British House of Commons and wondered how we get that kind of give-and-take in the US.  It seems like robust debate between opposing parties with camera's present would only be good for our system…and […]

Cornel West’s Note to Obama

posted by Robert Gelinas

Bible verses on Gunsights?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Bible verses on gunsights used by U.S. military in Iraq… "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God […]

Strange Fruit: The Cross as a Way of Life (Due out 2010)

posted by Robert Gelinas

(Here's another installment from my current writing project) Frances Xavier Cabrini founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the simple goal of spreading devotion to the heart of Christ through acts of mercy.  During her time […]

Favorite Book of 2009: The Divine Commodity

posted by Robert Gelinas

Of all the books that I read this past year, The Divine Commodity:  Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity by Skye Jethani, is the one that has proven to be most memorable.   Simply put, this is an elegant book.  Jethani […]

Favorite Jazz Album of 2009: The Bright Mississippi

posted by Robert Gelinas

I can't stop listening to Allen Toussaint's, "The Bright Mississippi."  If you only buy one jazz album from 2009 this is it.  Toussaint, who is mostly known as an R & B pianist, is joined by Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone), […]

Merry Christmas from the Gelinas’

posted by Robert Gelinas

 

The Richest Man in Town!

posted by Robert Gelinas

At the end of, "It's a Wonderful Life,"  Harry Bailey proposes a toast George saying, "To my big brother George, the richest man in town." When I look at this picture I feel the same way…   My cup overflows…

Who said it?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Can you guess who said this? Abortion is "the most barbaric method" of family planning, equal to "infanticide."  She also said, "abortion was the wrong way–no matter how early it was performed it was taking a life." If you guessed […]

Just a little boy who wants his Daddy…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Four years old, wandering the streets, drinking a beer…longing for his Daddy.

This has to STOP!!!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Innocent after spending 35 years in prison…Lord, have mercy on us!

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (6)–How the Grinch Stole Christmas

posted by Robert Gelinas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic children's story.  Written by  Dr. Seuss in 1957 it was released as a cartoon in 1966.  But is it a story for children or a message for their parents? How the Grinch […]

Just War Theory vs. Just Peace Theory

posted by Robert Gelinas

Wow, I just finished listening to President Obama's acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize.  I have to admit, I'm familiar with "Just War Theory" but I was not aware of "Just Peace theory."   It takes into account that […]

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (5)–Miracle on 34th Street

posted by Robert Gelinas

34th Street is a place of business & belief (or rather, the struggle to believe).  In the midst of marketing and parades is a little girl who wants to believe and yet is not sure if she can.  The reason […]

I am Tiger Woods? (part 2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I am… …in need of God's amazing grace. …in need of God's mercy to show up daily in my life. …in need of accountability from others.  Not from those who condemn but those who will tell me the truth and […]

I am Tiger Woods? (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Remember Tiger's first Nike commercial? As hard as it may be to admit, it is imperative that we realize that this is still true:  We are ALL Tiger Woods! (to be continued)

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (4)–A Christmas Carol

posted by Robert Gelinas

When Scrooge was told of the plight of the poor and then asked how much he wanted to give he said, "Nothing."  His reason?  There were already institutions caring for the poor so why did he need to get involved? […]

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (3)–A Christmas Carol

posted by Robert Gelinas

Christianity Today has a good article on the background of "A Christmas Carol":  The Darker Side of A Christmas Carol.

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (2)–A Christmas Carol

posted by Robert Gelinas

 The little child, "stooped down at Scrooge's keyhole to regale him with a Christmas carol."  Have you ever wondered what the Christmas carol of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was?  What was the song sung to Ebenezer that caused him […]

The Reel Meaning of Christmas (1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm back from vacation and looking forward to my Advent sermon series:  The Reel Meaning of Christmas. We'll be watching A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street and How the Grinch Stole Christmas together as a congregation on Friday evenings and […]

Interview on C-Span with Chaplain of the Senate, Barry Black

posted by Robert Gelinas

Who Will Cry for the Little Boy–Antwone Fisher

posted by Robert Gelinas

Who will cry for the little boy??Lost and all alone.? Who will cry for the little boy??Abandoned without his own? Who will cry for the little boy??He cried himself to sleep.? Who will cry for the little boy??He never had […]

My new favorite vocalist: Bettye LaVette

posted by Robert Gelinas

Finding The Groove Live!–Last Night

posted by Robert Gelinas

Wow, it's hard to believe that once a month for the last eight months we have gathered at The Soiled Dove Underground for Finding the Groove Live.  Each night we packed the room to experience great music and to think […]

Jazz Theologian in Music City!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm currently in Nashville at the MOPS Convention.  Nothing like four thousand mother's of preschoolers worshipping God…plus they're just giddy that they are away from their kids for a few days!  We are at Opryland, which is an amazing, indoor […]

I want a horse!

posted by Robert Gelinas

As a Colorado native I've always wanted a horse…one that's black and blue…

John Perkins and Universal Health Care

posted by Robert Gelinas

I believe that John Perkins will go down in church history as an icon.  His books are a must for anyone who desires to take Biblical justice and Jesus' call to the marginalized seriously.  Urbanfaith.com recently ran a piece that […]

Winner–Black Weblog Awards

posted by Robert Gelinas

Thanks to all of you who voted for this blog over the last few months in the Black Weblog Awards.  It was chosen as the judges choice for best faith-based blog.  (Click here to see all of the winners in […]

What Color is Jesus?–A case study in jazz theology (postlude)

posted by Robert Gelinas

So what color does the Jazz Theologian think that Jesus is today? Blue, I think that Jesus is Kind of Blue!

What Color Is Jesus–A case study in jazz theology (part 4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

(Todays post is a bit long but I wanted to keep the continuity of thought) "Jesus Is Black," said James Cone in 1975 as he interpreted Matthew 25. "Christ's blackness is the American expression of the truth of his parable […]

What Color is Jesus?–A case study in jazz theology (part 3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let's let one of my favorte jazz theologians take a solo for the next two posts. James Cone is a bit controversial but he'll had some creative tension to the conversation In 1975, Cone, wrote, "If twentieth-century Christians are to […]

What Color is Jesus–A case study in jazz theology (part2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Nice to see we had a few brave souls chime in… So that we can do theology in concert together, lwe need to make sure we are all playing the same song. Listen to the words of our composer: "For […]

What Color is Jesus–A case study in jazz theology (part 1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I feel like doing a little jazz theology. Here's the question: What color is Jesus?How would you go about answering that question? Do you even like the question? Is there anything to be gained by knowing the answer? This is […]

Jazz & Soul Nights: Finding The Groove Live!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Tomorrow night is the next installment of Finding the Groove Live!  If you're in the Denver area, you don't want to miss this.  I'll be talking about an essential element to composing a jazz-shaped faith:  Pain (Singing the Blues). The […]

Black Weblog Awards: Finalist!

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Thanks to you this blog is a finalist in the Black Weblog Awards: "Best Faith-Based Blog" Category:  Click here to Vote

Finding the Groove Live: Acoustics of Listening

posted by Robert Gelinas

I believe that listening is part of the essence of jazz. "The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen."  Duke Ellington "Jazz is primarily a heard reality…"  Kirk Byron Jones Listening […]

My Calling & Legacy (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

While I've been on vacation I've thought a lot about my calling and legacy.  What is it that God has specifically designed for me and when my time comes, what do I want God and others to be able to […]

A Prayer from St. Augustines Prayer Book

posted by Robert Gelinas

I praise my God this day: I give myself to God this day: I ask God to help me this day. Feel free to join in and pray improvisationally…what are your requests to God this day?

MJ

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Here are two thoughtful articles in light of Michael Jackson's passing… The Pop Reconciler by Ed Gilbreath and Michael Jackson:  Soloman Sans Wisdom–The king of pop had it all, yet the most important things seemed to ellude him by Chanel […]

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Hey, I'm in the running for the 2009 Black Weblog Awards! Click on the icon and vote for me…Please!

RENOVARE’ International Conference on Spiritual Formation

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm here in San Antonio for the RENOVARE' International Conference.  It's hot and humid…but oh so worth it to hear from Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, John Ortberg, Max Lucado and Eugene Peterson.   Today I had the privilege of speaking about the […]

Questions for Adam

posted by Robert Gelinas

What would you ask Adam?  Here are my questions. Why didn't you say anything? Too often we blame your wife for partaking of the forbidden fruit.  But you were there…RIGHT THERE! The scriptures say that, "she took some and ate it.  She […]

Do you know who Barry Black is?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Barry C. Black is the current chaplain to the U.S. Senate.  Appointed in 2003 he is the 62nd person to hold this position and the first African-American.  He spent thirty-nine years as a Navy chaplain earning the rank of Admiral […]

Are you a Cosmo-Christian?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Skye Jethani (author of The Divine Commodity, which is a must read) has a post on his blog about what he calls Cosmo-Christians.  What about you…are you a Cosmo-Christian?   Find out at his blog Skyebox.

Obama’s Pro-Life Appointment

posted by Robert Gelinas

When President Obama announced the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and Neighborhood Partnerships many wondered if he was serious when he made abortion reduction one of the main goals.   Today's news seems to indicate that he meant it…just read […]

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment

posted by Robert Gelinas

I just started a new book called Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment. The author, Mark Osler, is a former prosecutor and current Professor of Law at Baylor University of School of Law.  I'm […]

Jazz at the White House!

posted by Robert Gelinas

The President and Mrs. Obama's remarks comprise the first four minutes fifteen seconds and then ELEW and Esperanza Spalding perform.  

Joshua DuBois–Obama’s Man of Faith

posted by Robert Gelinas

President Obama picked 26 year old pentecostal minister, Joshua DuBois, to head the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.   The key priorities of the office are as follows: Reduce Poverty  Reduce Abortion Promote Responsible Fatherhood    DuBois is man to […]

Jazz and Soul Nights: Finding The Groove Live!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Tickets available online at SoiledDove.com Take a journey with Jazz Theologian, Robert Gelinas and Dave LeMieux & House of Soul.  In a beautiful marriage of the spoken word with jazz, soul, and gospel music, Robert and HOS walk us through […]

Jazz and Soul Nights

posted by Robert Gelinas

   Click on the link below to watch the FINDING THE GROOVE LIVE trailer. http://www.jazztheologian.com/findingthegroove/video.html

What if we had a “jazz-shaped” faith?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Ralph Ellison said that all of American life is "jazz-shaped."  I think that this raises a number of questions for what a jazz-shaped faith might entail. What if… …Christians embraced the tension and mystery of our faith? …Experienced church like […]

I went to jail today…

posted by Robert Gelinas

I went to jail today.   A friend of mine works there and invited me to take a tour.  It's sad to see beloved creations of God sitting around, wasting away, bored to death.  The Arapahoe County Jail is over […]

I’m going to jail today…

posted by Robert Gelinas

…can't wait to tell you about it.

Unfortunately, this how many see Christianity.

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Finding The Groove Live!–Jazz and Soul Nights

posted by Robert Gelinas

Tickets are on sale now for this years Jazz and Soul Nights:  Finding the Groove Live @ the Soiled Dove Underground.  The dates are Monday, March 30th, or Tuesday, March 31st.   Joining me will be Dave LeMieux & House of […]

Bishop of Rwanda

posted by Robert Gelinas

Bishop John Rucyahana of Rwanda will be  sharing with us in all of our services at Colorado Community Church this weekend.  He is author of the deeply movng book,  Bishop of Rwanda:  Finding Forgiveness Amidst a Pile of Bones.  If you're […]

National Pastors Convention–Book Release

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm here in rainy (and kind of cold) San Diego for the  National Pastors Convention. My book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith,  is being released here (and will available everywhere beginning in March).   I'm teaching two workshops. […]

Duke Ellington Quarter

posted by Robert Gelinas

The U.S. Mint is issues the Ellington quarter for the District of Columbia.    

Just take a moment and watch this!

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Isn't it ironic…

Remembering the dream today…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Barbara took these pictures a couple of years ago when we were in Washington, DC.  This is the exact spot where Martin Luther King uttered his words of hope.

Finding the Groove Live! @ The Soiled Dove Underground

posted by Robert Gelinas

Finding the Groove Live! with Dave Lemieux and the House of Soul will be at The Soiled Dove Underground–March 30 & 31st.  More information will be forthcoming as far as tickets and additional dates, but for now, mark your calendars…

Interviews with Incredible People!

posted by Robert Gelinas

This blog is only going to get better in 2009.  It will continue to be a place for discussing the implications of a jazz-shaped faith with the release of my book.  Additionally, as a contributing editor for UrbanFaith.com I'll be […]

Thelonious Monk–‘Round Midnight

posted by Robert Gelinas

Heres a little Monk playing 'Round Midnight while trying to manage a cigarette and handkerchief…

Tony Dungy–You Can Do It!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Coach Dungy's has just released a children's book called You Can Do It.  It's about trusting God and dreaming big.  I've been reading it to my children and they're lovin' it.

Clint Eastwood & Jazz (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Check Clint interviewing Ray charles…

Clint Eastwood & Jazz (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

In Bird, Clint Eastwood brought to the screen the life of jazz legend, Charlie "Yardbird" Parker.  The first half-hour of the film felt like a Parker riff as it switched back and forth between different time periods in his life. […]

Clint Eastwood & Jazz (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Most people don't know that Clint Eastwood is an avid jazz fan.  Some have even asked if he can help keep jazz alive.  He taught himself to play piano listening to jazz records and his son Kyle is an accomplished jazz […]

How do you throw away trash cans?

posted by Robert Gelinas

 I've been trying to throw these trash cans away for a while now.  I've tried signs before.  You know, "This is trash" "Take this," or "Trash can is trash," but to no avail.  Normally, I'm not home when the trash […]

Finding the Groove is on Amazon!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I finished book a few months ago and passed it on to Zondervan.  While it won't be available until January it's now listed on Amazon.!  Check it out…

posted by Robert Gelinas

www.urbanfaith.com is up and running!

I like these people… (p4)–Dinner with McCain

posted by Robert Gelinas

Well, I've set the table and I'm looking forward to dining with John McCain–the sailor turned senator. My questions for the evening would be… Tell me about your first fight?  McCain is a fighter. Last November his campaign was all but […]

Willie & Wynton

posted by Robert Gelinas

  Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis recently released Two Men with the Blues.  Recorded live at the Lincoln center, this bluesy recording is worth the listen.  As you can see on the behind the scenes video, it's just fun.  

I like these people… (p4)–Dinner with Barack

posted by Robert Gelinas

Well, now that I've had dinner with the VP candidates it's time to break bread with the top of the tickets.  If I were able to dine with Obama I'd jazz things up a bit.  My questions for him would […]

www.Neighborhope.com

posted by Robert Gelinas

For those of you at CCC this weekend the ministry website that I mentioned is www.neighborhope.com.

UrbanFaith.com is coming!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Mark your calendars the long awaited launch of UrbanFaith.com has finally arrived.  Ed Gilbreath, Director of Editorial at Urban Ministries Inc has been working tirelessly at this new endeavor.  UrbanFaith.com is a "place on the Web for urban and multiethnic […]

I like these people… (p3)–Dinner with Sarah

posted by Robert Gelinas

What would you ask Sara Palin if she came to your house for dinner (politics aside)?  I'd spend a lot of time on faith and family. When do you feel most used by God?  Governor Palin must feel stifled when […]

Take 6 The Standard

posted by Robert Gelinas

Take 6 has just released a fresh take on old standards such as Sweet Georgia Brown, A Tisket A Tasket and What's Going On.  They are joined by the likes of George Bensen, Al Jarreau, Shelea Frazier, Roy Hargrove, Aaron […]

I like these people… (p2)–Dinner with Joe

posted by Robert Gelinas

What would I ask if I had dinner with Joe Biden? Given that he has a reputation for long answers and the fact that my wife and nine children would have their own set of questions, I would have four […]

I like these people… (p1 again)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Hmmm…y'all this is gettin' out of hand!  Perhaps you didn't notice but I said "politics aside."  My question was pretty simple, if you had dinner with these people what would you ask?  Remember, we are talking about another human being […]

I like these people… (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

It's dawning on me that (politics aside) I like these people.   Obama, McCain, Biden, Palin… When I look at each one  as an individual I would love to have dinner with them.  I find their stories intriguing…I'd have so much to […]

Bloggin’ from South Africa

posted by Robert Gelinas

We had a service of confession here in South Africa–both private and corporate.  Emmanuel Chijindus is the Africa Area Director for YFC.  He is a powerful presence both on the platform and up close. He confessed the sins of Africa and […]

Bloggin’ from South Africa

posted by Robert Gelinas

It’s night as I’m sitting outside, staring at the stars and listening to Miles Davis on my Ipod…  I’m thinking about two conversations that I had this week:  Two men—one black the other white—who were young men during apartheid and […]

Contact Information

posted by Robert Gelinas

Speaking Requests I am an itinerate speaker with Kingdom Building Ministries. Please, schedule online with KBM by clicking HERE Or call Loren Hayes at 1-800-873-8957 General Contact Info. The best way to reach me is through my wonderful assistant Rebecca […]

Bloggin’ from South Africa

posted by Robert Gelinas

Jimi is a follower of Christ living in the United Arab Emirates.  He lives daily with restrictions upon freely living for Christ.  Stops by the police checking if he has permission to be in certain areas doing "church work."  As […]

Bloggin’ from South Africa (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I've finally recovered from the trip and am adjusted to the eight hour time difference.  Both the people and the topography of this land are beautiful.  I have had so many wonderful conversations with those who have shared stories of […]

Bloggin’ from South Africa

posted by Robert Gelinas

After 20 hours of plane rides with an eight hour lay-over in London we've finally arrived in South Africa.  I'm speaking for YFC's General Assembly.  I'm tired and in serious need of a nap but I can stop staring at […]

The Common Good (p4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Which country is pro-life?  In the Netherlands and Germany abortion is legal.  In Brazil abortion is strictly prohibited.   If we look at the laws of these countries the answer seems obvious.  But when we look at the actual number […]

The Common Good (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

So what does it mean to live our faith on election day according to Korzen and Kelley?  They argue that we are to vote for the common good:   …Our primary responsibility is to the common good.  The common good […]

The Common Good (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm well into Kerzen and Kelley's book A Nation For All.  And while it does feel a bit partisan the concepts are still intriguing.  They identify key themes of the Catholic social tradition.  Some of which are:   The Dignity […]

The Common Good (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

The scriptures make it clear that the people of God are to be about the common good. "Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.  Pray to the Lord for it, […]

Obama, Mile High Stadium and Hilliard

posted by Robert Gelinas

Is this the promised land or are we still wandering in the desert? Those were the questions that went through my mind as I attended Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium.  I wasn't planning on being there but […]

Pro-Life and Partyless…

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm pro-life and without a party.  I'm a one issue voter and I can't find a party with a platform that fully addresses the sacredness of life in all of its complexity.  So I'm pro-life and partyless!  Usually the Democrats […]

He was our first adoption…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Barbara and I had barely been married a year when we took a trip down to local Dumb Friends League in search of a dog.  It was heart wrenching seeing the various signs announcing the "expiration date" of each animal. […]

3 more children…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Last November Barbara and I sensed the Lord was up to something in our lives.  We currently have six children (5 adopted) but in separate times of prayer God gave us a vision (and desire) for more children.  A sibling […]

The Dark Knight a philosophical review…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Greg Boyd has a good philosophical review of The Dark Knight…

Sometimes you just have to simplify…

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It’s 3:08 A.M…

posted by Robert Gelinas

…and I just got home from seeing the 12:01 showing of The Dark Knight with about three hundred other people…wow…intense…I’m tired!

Responsible

posted by Robert Gelinas

Well I’m back from my vacation just in time to catch opening day for The Dark Knight…It’s good to be back with th incredible servants of CCC…one of the great things about vacation was all the unhurried time that I […]

On Vacation…

posted by Robert Gelinas

Countdown to the next Batman movie!

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