By Robert Gelinas
'A jazz-shaped religion ... balances freedom with obstacles, the person with the gang, and traditions with the pursuit of what may be. i've got chanced on in jazz a manner of pondering, residing, communicating---a approach of being ... a groove.' you do not have to be a jazz musician, or perhaps a jazz gourmand, for this e-book to talk to you. for those who love God and his notice, and if you could have longed to keep on with Jesus Christ outdoor the slick company constructions that a few American church buildings erect, this e-book is for you. in order to find a freer, extra real expression of Christianity, discovering the Groove should be track on your ears, your center, and your brain. utilizing remarkable metaphors from the area of jazz, Robert Gelinas finds breathtaking probabilities for the physique of Christ. What may well a 'jazz-shaped religion' glance like---and how may it support us satisfy the message of the gospel in a manner no strategy, move, or based software ever might? How can realizing the wonderful thing about jazz assist you greater comprehend Jesus, his imaginative and prescient if you persist with him, and his heartbeat for an international that's badly out of sync? yet this publication isn't really approximately tune. it's a few passionate, biblical, totally built-in approach of taking a look at lifestyles and salvation that may unfastened you in finding your individual designated groove within the nation of God.
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While everyone was focused on a twelveplay what’s not there. 1 When we learn the art of syncopation, our awareness of each moment increases. We see what is evident while we search for that which is present, though unnoticed. We can even syncopate the Scriptures. There is so key notes much in our Bibles that is yet to be discovered in the offbeats. I am not talking about finding hidden mean ing but meaning often missed because of where we choose to place the emphasis. ” Never the Same Old Song Improvisation is what allows jazz to exist in a contin ual state of renewal.
He took us to that place of wonder, questioning, enjoyment — and tension. We gave him a standing ovation. Lord of the Paradox Tension is conflict and contradiction, seeming contra diction, and living between what is and what should be. ” Jazz became jazz in New Orleans. It was in “The Crescent City” that this tension became creative ten sion. In this diverse city of enslaved and free Africans, French, Swiss, and other Europeans, this remarkable form of existing came into being. New Orleans was a city of contradictions.
But I do think that — because of the discomfort it brings — we try to remove it too quickly when it could be the very thing that would allow us to see things differently and go places we wouldn’t have been able to go. Think about it. What makes it possible for cars to drive suspended over the waters of the San Francisco Bay on the Golden Gate Bridge? It’s a “tension” bridge. New realities emerge because of competing pressures. In our faith this has the potential to take us places we otherwise would have missed.
Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith by Robert Gelinas