The Jazz Theologian
Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith Archives

“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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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!

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

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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 …Read More

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’ …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More