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Overview Picture the possibilities if American churches operated like jazz combos instead of slick corporations. Drawing brilliant parallels between the body of Christ and the qualities inherent to jazz, Robert Gelinas points us beyond the ordinary to the often overlooked freedom, beauty, grace, unity, creativity, and power that are our birthright as believers.
Publishers Description 'A jazz-shaped faith ... balances freedom with boundaries, the individual with the group, and traditions with the pursuit of what might be. I have discovered in jazz a way of thinking, living, communicating---a way of being ... a groove.' You don't have to be a jazz musician, or even a jazz connoisseur, for this book to speak to you. If you love God and his Word, and if you've longed to follow Jesus Christ outside the slick corporate structures that some American churches erect, this book is for you. If you want to discover a freer, more genuine expression of Christianity, Finding the Groove will be music to your ears, your heart, and your mind. Using brilliant metaphors from the world of jazz, Robert Gelinas reveals breathtaking possibilities for the body of Christ. What might a 'jazz-shaped faith' look like---and how could it help us fulfill the message of the gospel in a way no method, movement, or structured program ever could? How can understanding the beauty of jazz help you better understand Jesus, his vision for those who follow him, and his heartbeat for a world that is badly out of sync? But this book isn't about music. It is about a passionate, biblical, fully integrated way of looking at life and salvation that will free you to find your own unique groove in the kingdom of God.
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Robert Gelinas is Lead Pastor of Colorado Community Church, a multicultural, interdenominational mission in the Mile High City. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Missiology from Denver Seminary. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Denver with their six children. "
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All that Jazz Dec 21, 2009
Syncopation. Call-and-response. Creativity. Listening. Freedom within constraints. Gelinas harnesses powerful jazz metaphors to cast a vision for a Christian faith fully alive, embracing creative tension while playing in concert with others. Here are a few highlights that may pique your interest to read the book:
Improvisation. Our Christian lives progress not by playing predetermined notes, but by improvising in the company of others. Improvisation is not just about spontaneous originality, because good improvisers draw on rich traditions and practice "in the woodshed." Improvisation is an apt description of our Christian practice, and church is our rehearsal studio.
Playing the blues. All jazz is blues. That is, pain and suffering are the native soil of jazz. Gelinas includes fascinating reflection on the nature of jazz, and how jazz is more than music, but an entire society full of "red, white, and the blues." A jazz-shaped faith, therefore, is a blues-shaped faith, expressing joy through suffering.
Ensemble. You can't play jazz alone. You can't be a Christian alone. Both require practicing and playing in ensemble, which means listening to others, needing others, becoming who we are because of others. We need to find our own voice, but that means playing in concert.
Finding the Groove is a creative, inspiring, vision-casting book. The jazz metaphor is packed with potential for shedding new insight on our Christian lives, and I look forward to future "jazz notes" from Gelinas.
Pastor Gelinas Has a True Gift Dec 3, 2009
Pastor Gelinas has a true gift of explaining our relationship with God in real terms. What a great way of looking at how, through Jazz, we all should be in Christ. Looking to be individuals, improvising, but also an integral part of the group. This is an excellent book and a must read for experienced believers, and those who are just now seeking a deeper relationship with God.
(Full disclosure: I am a little biased- I was already a fan of Pastor Gelinas'. I am member of his church- Colorado Community- every week, his sermons have been a blessing)
Refreshing look at the Christian life Aug 19, 2009
Robert Gellinas is quickly establishing himself as a pastor and writer committed to the exhortation of authentic Christian living. Finding the Groove is a refreshing look at the Christian life. No lists. No how-to steps. Life is more like jazz. A relationship with Christ is give-and-take, improvisation, and fluid. The parallels Gellinas draws between jazz and Christian life are profound. A great-read!
A Surprisingly Powerful Metaphor Jun 29, 2009
I was once told by an octogenarian seminary professor that though multitudes of theology texts had been written, every generation needed to write them again in order to find their voice and relate orthodoxy to their world. Robert Gelinas' book, Finding the Groove, is a fresh look at Christian theology through the surprisingly powerful, and uniquely American, metaphor of jazz.
Though not a musician himself, Gelinas has a lot to offer for the outworking of the Christian life through his reflections on jazz and how it works. Among the pleasant surprises along the way, he includes several biographical sketches and anecdotes that serve his thesis well. I have played and (sporadically) followed jazz for years, and I found his grasp of the topic refreshing and exciting.
The book is broken up into a handful of the characteristics of jazz music, and each is used to reflect on living a Christ-shaped life. I deeply appreciated his commitment to sound doctrine - after all, improvisation on a theme only works if the musician is playing with the chord progression laid down by the song. I also appreciated his use of the images of "ensemble" and "call and response" to reflect on how we live in community as people devoted to Christ and each other.
Overall, this is a book on discipleship and spiritual formation with an eye on what it means to live life in community. If you are a musician, I think you will enjoy his insights, and if you are not, you will still have a lot to gain from the book.
In Response to a Beautiful Call to Life Together. May 27, 2009
Watch Video Here: http://www.this site/review/RV12MRUE4GBEM My name is Pete Gall (My Beautiful Idol), and I'm proud to know and cheer for Robert Gelinas. I met Robert in Denver in the mid-1990s, and I remember going to see him preach at local African-American churches where -- as a very pale and obvious guest -- I would be asked to stand and introduce myself. My response was always that I went wherever I could still see Robert preach for free. I love what he's put together in this book, and cannot recommend it highly enough. Robert's invitation to community, to life in ensemble, makes sense of our differences, celebrates our voices, and holds the promise of meaningful living dialog. Do yourself a favor and buy three copies now -- save yourself the shipping costs you'll incur if (when) you come back for more.
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