Friday, November 11, 2011

Improvisational "Music" With Jesus

Donald Miller writes, “I think the most important thing that happens within a Christian spiritually is when a person falls in love with Jesus” (Blue Like Jazz).

Miller associates Christian spirituality with jazz music, which was invented by the first generation coming out of slavery. Jazz is a genre of musical expression that’s very hard to “put on paper.” Why? Because “it is so much more a language of the soul. It is as if the soul is saying something very difficult to get on paper. But is no less real, no less meaningful, no less beautiful.”

That’s what following Jesus is supposed to be like. A relationship beyond the superficial, where we participate in something too deep and real for words alone to articulate.

Paul prays for his readers to grow into a “knowledge” of God--an indescribable, inexpressible knowledge.

“I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally” (Ephesians 1:17).

I want to know Jesus that way. And I want that for you. Both of us so wrapped up in him, where we share together and with others, as Miller says, an improvisational “music birthed out of freedom.”


ableknife said...

thank you for the encouraging post. i am hoping to read this book soon, as i have heard so many wonderful things about it. on a similar note, may i pass along a book selection? it's called Jesus in the Margins by Rick McKinley. i think you may find some similar encouragement in it. blessings~

Rusty Peterman said...


Thanks for your suggestion of Mckinley's book. I read it several months back. In fact, I was just thinking the past couple of days about it and how I need to re-visit it. Your suggestion may be God's nudge for me to do that. Something is waiting for me in that book.

By the way, Rick has a podcast from his church that is very good at:



PamBG said...

I had a similar idea a few weeks ago ( but it wasn't quite as eloquent!

Linking to this post. Thank you.

Rusty Peterman said...


Thanks for the post about your previous blog. I think the question ("Have you fallen in love with God?") sounds so right. I'd even go so far as to ask it about falling in love with Jesus. It opens up possibilities for conversation.