Fall 2013 Worship Courses at Southwestern

Classes for the fall semester get started at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary this Thursday, and we’re looking forward to a great semester! We’ve got a great new group of students, and I personally am looking forward to getting to know each of them.

We in the Worship and Ministry department are gearing up to teach some great courses this fall, and I thought I’d highlight what we’re doing and even provide the syllabuses for the courses I’m teaching.


taught by Scott Aniol
This is a course required of all of our masters students, and it covers the history and theology of worship from Creation to the present. I trace the development of worship in Scripture and formulate a biblical theology of worship. I then show the students how that theology and practice of worship changed through the history of the church, interacting with the predominant philosophical and theological movements of various periods. We end with a practical look at worship today, now with an informed understanding of why things are they way they are.

The course requirements consist of readings, two book reviews, four exams, and an online discussion component.

One of the things I particularly enjoy about this course is the fact that most incoming students take this as one of their first courses, so this gives me a great opportunity to both get to know our new students and to help set the tone for what we require academically in the Worship and Ministry department.

Here are the books required for the course:

Aniol, Scott. Worship in Song: a Biblical Approach to Worship and Music. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 2008.

Barrett, Michael P.V. The Beauty of Holiness: A Guide to Biblical Worship (Greenville, SC: Ambassador-Emerald), 2006.

Castleman, Robbie F. Story Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013.

Shields, Bruce E. and David A. Butzu. Generations of Praise: The History of Worship. Joplin, MO: College Press, 2006.

Additional reading includes the following:

Bauder, Kevin. “A Prelude to a Christian Theology of Culture.” In Glenny, W. Edward. Missions in a New Millennium: Change and Challenges in World Missions. Kregel, 2000. (9 pgs)

Hustad, Donald P. “Baptist Worship Forms: Uniting the Charleston and Sandy Creek Traditions.” Review and Expositor 85, no 1 (1988). (13 pgs)

Luther, Martin. “Concerning the Lord’s Supper” in The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, 1520. (pages 11–36; 26 pgs)

McMahon, Matthew C. “The Regulative Principle in Worship.” (5 pgs)

Priest, Gerald L. “Revival and Revivalism: a Historical and Doctrinal Evaluation.” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 1, no. 2 (1996): 233–252. (29 pgs)

Here is my syllabus for Worship (MUMIN 3362), Tuesday/Thursday at 11:30.

Seminar in Aesthetics

taught by Scott Aniol
This is the doctoral course offered from our department this semester, and it will include students in both our DMA and PhD programs.

This semester I will take our students (7 doctoral students currently enrolled) through the historical and philosophical development of aesthetics, including the expected subject of beauty, but also encompassing musical meaning and perception. As a seminar, the students will prepare and present lectures on various assigned topics and lead the class through discussions. We we evaluate the impact of these philosophical developments particularly upon the practice of worship and church music  leading up to our current situation. The students will also write a research paper on a topic related to the issues discussed in the course.

Here are the books required for the course:

Sproul, R. C. The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts That Shaped Our World. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2000.

Thiessen, Gesa Elsbeth, ed. Theological Aesthetics: A Reader. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Pub, 2005.

Additional reading includes:

Bychkov, O. V., and Anne D. R. Sheppard, eds. Greek and Roman Aesthetics. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Chudnoff, Elijah. A Guide to Philosophical Writing. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.

Gordon, T. David. “Finding Beauty Where God Finds Beauty: A Biblical Foundation of Aesthetics.” Artistic Theologian 1 (2012), 16–20.

Hendricks, William L. “Southern Baptists and the Arts.” Review and Expositor 87, no. 4 (1990): 550–562.

Hodges, John Mason. “Aesthetics and the Place of Beauty in Worship.” Reformation and Revival 9, no. 3 (2000): 58–76.

Piper, Adrian M. S. “Ten Commandments of Philosophical Writing.”

Smith, Rob. “Music, Singing, and Emotions: Exploring the Connections.” Themelios 37, no. 3 (November 2012): 465–479.

Spiegel, James S. “Aesthetics and Worship.” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 2, no. 4 (1998): 38–54.

Vanhoozer, Kevin J. “A Lamp in the Labyrinth: The Hermeneutics of ‘Aesthetic’ Theology.” Trinity Journal 8, no. 1 (1987): 24–56.

Vanhoozer, Kevin J. “What Has Vienna To Do With Jerusalem?  Barth, Brahms, And Bernstein’s Unanswered Question.” Westminster Theological Journal 63, no. 1 (2001): 122–150.

Here is my syllabus for Seminar in Aesthetics (MUMIN 7053), Mondays at 9:00.

Dynamics of Worship in the 21st Century

taught by Don Wyrtzen

A student joked the last time this course was offered that “the dynamics of worship in the 21st century is loud!”

Really, this course is a great opportunity for our graduate students to read and discuss the impact of recently-written books on the theology, philosophy, and methodology of worship today.

Doctoral Colloquium

I also have the opportunity to oversee our doctoral colloquium program. This course meets once per week and is required of all our doctoral students. The year is divided between guest lectures by our faculty and others and paper presentations from our own students. This is a great chance for our doctoral students (faculty and masters students often attend as well) to benefit from the work others have done as well as hone their own skills in research, writing, and presentation.

We have a great line-up of speakers this semester:

9/4 Berry Driver, Dean of our Library here at SWBTS, will present on tools for research and writing.

9/18 John Dyer, author of Author, From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology (Kregel, 2011) will present a session on the issue of technology and worship.

9/25 Terry Wilder, professor at SWBTS and former acquisitions editor for B&H Books, will present on how to prepare a proposal for publishers.

10/9 Scott Aniol will present a paper evaluating the missional church movement’s impact upon evangelical worship philosophy and practice.

10/16 Paul Clark, director of worship and music ministries for the Tennessee Baptist Convention and author of Author, Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace (CrossBooks, 2011) will address our students.

10/23 Ken Myers, Host and Producer of Mars Hill Audio and author of All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (Crossway, 1989) will address our students.

10/30 David Toledo, PhD graduate from SWBTS and music minister at First Baptist Church in Keller, TX will present work on the Imago Dei and the Lord’s Supper.

11/6 R. Christopher Teichler, professor at SWBTS in theory/composition department will address our students.

11/13, 11/20, 12/4 Our own doctoral students will present their own research.

If you are in the Fort Worth area for any of these dates, you are welcome to join us at 11:30 in BL101 in the School of Church Music building!

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