Tuesday, December 06, 2005


God the Father, sitting on the left, lifts his hand, blessing the Son. God the Son, sits center, two fingers pointing toward the Spirit. The Father sends the Son, the Son sends the Holy Spirit. All one, distinct yet equal. All soloists in their own right and yet sharing the stage of history. God...the original jazz ensemble.


Blogger Constantine said...

Nice demonstration of jazz theology. This particular icon has never been a favorite of mine, even though I was aware of its Trinitarian disposition. It always struck me as very strange. I like Christ Pantocrator - Sinai. A lot.

Off the subject, but I wanted to ask. Have you read "The Nonviolent Atonement" by J. Denny Weaver?

1:04 AM  
Blogger Lukas McKnight said...

I love the idea- flowing together like a song. Each distinct, yet they are at their greatest together. Great analogy.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Pete Gall said...

Thanks for your comment Lukas.

"distinct, yet they are at their greatest together" hit me.

Were they ever truly not together, even in their distinctions?

I've loved how it seems we are known and saved both as individuals and as a people. While so much of the time we may not see beyond our distinctions to experience how we remain part of a shared identity.

We're all playing together - in the sense that all of our tunes rise to Heaven - whether we pay attention to it or not. It goes beyond just being greater or more efficient or more effective together, doesn't it?

8:18 AM  
Blogger Lukas McKnight said...

They've always been together, but we don't always see them as such as we're imperfect.

Great stuff.

9:32 AM  
Blogger RBA Founder Xavier Pickett said...

Good theologizing with a jazz motif


5:40 PM  
Anonymous Sherman Cox said...

Very Interesting...God as a Jazz ensemble...All working together, but also each doing something different. All improvising in history the same song...


1:49 PM  

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