By Robert Gelinas
'A jazz-shaped religion ... balances freedom with limitations, the person with the crowd, and traditions with the pursuit of what will be. i've got came across in jazz a fashion of considering, dwelling, communicating---a method of being ... a groove.' you do not have to be a jazz musician, or perhaps a jazz gourmet, for this booklet to talk to you. when you love God and his observe, and if you will have longed to stick with Jesus Christ open air the slick company buildings that a few American church buildings erect, this publication is for you. so as to find a freer, extra real expression of Christianity, discovering the Groove might be track for your ears, your middle, and your brain. utilizing very good metaphors from the area of jazz, Robert Gelinas finds breathtaking chances for the physique of Christ. What could a 'jazz-shaped religion' glance like---and how may well it support us satisfy the message of the gospel in a fashion no strategy, stream, or based application ever may possibly? How can figuring out the wonderful thing about jazz assist you larger comprehend Jesus, his imaginative and prescient should you stick with him, and his heartbeat for a global that's badly out of sync? yet this publication is not approximately tune. it's a few passionate, biblical, totally built-in method of taking a look at lifestyles and salvation that may loose you in finding your personal specified groove within the nation of God.
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What an amazing thought to think of oneself as a poem of God. How humbling to imagine God sitting down with paper and pencil and laboring over each verse of our lives. ” It is as if Jesus was the workshop in which God fabricated us into being. However you parse it, this is creative talk through and through. Creativity should be one of the first things that come to our minds when we think of God, which raises the questions, “What about me? What about us? ” At best, we might use words such as passionate, kind, sincere, forgiving; at worst, judgmental, overbearing, close-minded.
Wynton Marsalis is the artistic director of jazz at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. He’s earned a Pulitzer Prize, written sev eral books, and plays a mean trumpet. On a Tuesday evening late in August 2001 at the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village, he was playing “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You” on his trumpet without accompaniment. As he neared the end of the song, the sound of a cell phone intruded into the drama of the moment. A jazz critic in the audience scrawled on a sheet of notepaper, “MAGIC, RUINED,” and people began to chatter.
But I am addicted to what happens when we are willing to coexist inter creative tension denominationally. I can’t get enough of how much this community sharpens my own faith in Christ. Trust me — it can be very interesting when you have Catholics, Baptists, African-Methodist Episcopalians, and tongue-speaking Pentecostals all in community together! ” Not contra dictions but paradox — impossible possibilities. Lucas contends that — contrary to popular belief — the Bible is full of these paradoxes.
Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith by Robert Gelinas