Fall 2014 Worship Courses at Southwestern

Classes for the fall semester started at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary a few weeks ago, and we’re off 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 enjoying 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.

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 Congregational Song from 1960

taught by John Simons

This is a doctoral seminar studying and researching congregational song from 1960 through the present., and it will include students in both our DMA and PhD programs.

Seminar in Comparative Liturgies

taught by Scott Aniol

A survey of the great liturgical traditions and the forms of music associated with the Eastern and Western Church and the community of their musical practices from the early post-biblical period to their relationship to Christian worship in the present day. The course consists of reading, discussion, article and book presentation, and a final research paper.

Required Texts:

Old, Hughes Oliphant. Worship: Reformed According to Scripture. Revised and expanded. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

Senn, Frank C. Introduction to Christian Liturgy. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012.

Ward, Matthew. Pure Worship: The Early English Baptist Distinctive. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014.

Additional Reading:

Apostolic Constitutions, 350.

Bauder, Kevin. “Believer Baptism” in Baptist Distinctives and New Testament Church Order. Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2013.

Calvin, John. The Form of Church Prayers, 1545.

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

Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, The, 400.

Early Primary Source Readings for Worship

“Eucharistic Rite of The Book of Common Prayer, The,” 1662.

Ellis, Christopher J. “Duty and Delight: Baptist Worship and Identity.” Review and Expositor 100:3 (Summer 2003): 329–345.

Finn, Nathan. “Baptism as a Prerequisite to the Lord’s Supper.” The Center for Theological Research, 2006.

Hilton, James. “From Sabbath to Lord’s Day: Examining the Ethics of Sunday.” Faith and Mission, Vol 17, 3 (Summer 2000): 62­–76.

Luther, Liturgical Writings

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

Roman Catholic Mass, The, 1570

Liturgies of the Western Church: Selected and Introduced by Bard Thompson. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1961.

Thompson, Philip E. “Baptists and Liturgy—The Very Idea!” Review and Expositor 100:3 (Summer 2003): 317–323.

Westminster Directory, The, 1643.

Witvliet, John. “Toward a Liturgical Aesthetic.”

Here is my syllabus for Comparative Liturgies (MUMIN 4262), Mondays from 2:00-3:50.

Church Music Education I

taught by Robert Pendergraft

A survey and analysis of educational philosophies influencing church music education and the development of sequential learning in music activity groups and choirs for children, youth, and adults. Specific emphasis is given to educational methods and materials and appropriate literature for the development of children’s choirs in a local church music ministry.

Seminar in Arts, Architecture, and Aesthetics

taught by Scott Aniol

A study of the relationship of arts, architecture, and aesthetics as related to the creation and development of a local church and community arts ministry. The course consists of readings, discussion, article and book presentations, and a final research paper.

Required Texts:

Davies, Stephen. The Philosophy of Art. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2006.

Ryken, Leland. The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly About the Arts. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2005.

Additional Reading:

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

DeYoung, Kevin, and Greg Gilbert. What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.

Gordon, T. David. “Finding Beauty Where God Finds Beauty: A Biblical Foundation of Aesthetics.” Artistic Theologian 1 (Fall 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.

Kaplan, Abraham. “The Aesthetics of the Popular Arts.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 24, no. 3 (n.d.): 351–64.

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

Sayers, Dorothy. “Towards a Christian Aesthetic.” The New Orpheus, ed. Nathan A. Scott. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1964. 3-20.

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.

White, “Principles of Liturgical Architecture” in White, James F. Protestant Worship and Church Architecture: Theological and Historical Considerations. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2003.

Witvliet, John. “Toward a Liturgical Aesthetic.”

Here is my syllabus for Comparative Liturgies (MUMIN 4522), Wednesday/Friday at 1:00.

Worship Leader as Pastor and Administrator

taught by Tom Song

This two-track course is designed to assist the worship leader in developing a biblically based approach to the daily ministerial responsibilities and demands that govern the life of a servant leader and prepare the leader for his or her various roles as an administrator.

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

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