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Worship: Teach it!

T. David Gordon, author of Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns and Why Johnny Can’t Preach, visited Southwestern Seminary to interact with doctoral students in the School of Church Music and give a presentation on media ecology.  At breakfast the morning of his workshop, Gordon turned to me and said, “In today’s church, if you do not teach it then it

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The Depth Model: A Curriculum Strategy for Preparing Artistic Theologians

A worship pastor is both an artist and a theologian. To help students fulfill their vocational call to artistic ministry, the faculty of the School of Church Music at Southwestern joined with selected artistic ministers in the field to create the “Depth Model” curriculum for the master of music in church music degree. As an NASM accredited institution, the School

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Call for Papers: 2013 issue of The Artistic Theologian

The Artistic Theologian is designed to provide a place for publication, research, discussion, and resources for those engaged in worship and artistic ministry. We hope it will create points of connection between worship leaders, pastors, church music scholars, theologians, and students preparing for ministry. The journal and its allied resources support the point of view that a church musician should

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Life and Death and the Arts: A Children’s Perspective

Last year, I worked with a small Texas town, its school board, and its local Baptist church to create a community children’s choir.  As I drove 40 miles each way to work with the children of this community, I frequently thought,  “Does this really matter?” This question was answered in an unexpected, heartbreaking, and life changing way.

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