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The Jazz Theologian

Classical music–Formal music performed as written, able to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one’s ability to imitate the original.

Jazz music–Dynamic music, unable to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one’s ability to improvise.

Carl Ellis writes, "Theology bears analogy with music in that it too can be approached as formal or dynamic." Classical theology is concerned with "propositions" while Jazz theology is concerned with what happens when those proposistions interact with pain, life and the moment…God in the moment…God moments: Theomoments.

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It is said that in parts of Africa, "hello" is replaced with "Sawu bona." Translated, "I see you." The reply is, "Sikhona." Translated, "I am here."

One author writes, "The order of the exchange is important: until you see me, I do not exist. It’s as if, when you see me, you bring me into existence." Do we truly see each other? Do we truly exist?

To all those who visit this "place"…It’s good to see you!

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