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John Dyer speaks on technology in SWBTS Worship Colloquium

Should we use technology in worship? John Dyer, Executive Director of Communications and Educational Technology for Dallas Theological Seminary, sought to answer this question at a recent colloquium of doctoral students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. To answer the question, technology must first be defined. Dyer quipped that although technology is thought to be anything invented after you are born,

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Church Budgets and the Music Ministry

The months leading up to the Advent and Christmas season are typically the busiest months of the year for music ministries. In many churches while the musicians are preparing for all the extra year-end activities, the finance or budget committees are preparing operating budgets for your ministry the following year. These budgets, better than any other indicator, communicate the priorities

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From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church’s Music, by Randall C. Bradley

From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church’s Music, by Randall C. Bradley. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. 235 pp. $25.00. Randall Bradley, Professor of Church Music at Baylor Univeristy, uses his years of ministry in a variety of contexts to craft a new lens to examine the worship of the church. The lens of “memory to imagination” (1) provides new insights

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Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century, by Howard Gardner

Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century, by Howard Gardner. New York: Basic Books, 2011. 244 pp. $25.99. Howard Gardner is a developmental psychologist and professor at Harvard University. Gardner is best known for his work with multiple intelligences, but he steps aside from his magnum opus to consider the realms of truth, beauty,

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The Great Commission to Worship: Biblical Principles for Worship-Based Evangelism, by David Wheeler and Vernon M. Whaley

The Great Commission to Worship: Biblical Principles for Worship-Based Evangelism, by David Wheeler and Vernon M. Whaley. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2011. 204 pp. $19.99. David Wheeler and Vernon Whaley, colleagues at Liberty University, combine their knowledge in the fields of evangelism and worship to pen a book that seeks to define the primary focus of the New Testament church. The

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Practical considerations for accompanying congregational singing

There are two primary considerations that underlie the choice of instruments used in accompanying congregational singing: theological and practical. The focus of this discussion will be the latter of the two. Also assumed in this discussion is that congregational singing should be participatory for the entire congregation. With these parameters alone, we can make better choices about how the song

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A Hymnal Without A Binding: Intentionally Developing a Corpus of Congregational Song

Every local congregation has a corpus of congregational song that serves as a basis for the selection of music for corporate worship. In churches of the nineteenth and twentieth century that was often the hymnal of the church. In many churches today, hymnals have been replaced with digital resources that instantly grant access to thousands of songs. The possibilities with

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Unceasing Worship | Harold M. Best

Harold M. Best.  Unceasing Worship.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2003. 226 pp. $18.00. Harold Best served for more than twenty-five years as dean of the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College as well as a president of the National Association of Schools of Music.  The premise of his work, Unceasing Worship, can be found in the introduction, “Salvation is

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Baptist Church Music Conference In Review

The Baptist Church Music Conference was held June 3-5 in Tulsa, OK. The theme for this year, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow…So Great a Cloud, was central in every concert and session. The executive council invited groups of all ages to perform, from the Brock Children’s Choir, under the direction of John Simons, an associate dean at Southwestern Seminary, to the Saints Alive Senior

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The Gospel and the Discipline of Worship

Donald Whitney, author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Spiritual Disciplines within the Church, and Family Worship, explains that worship begins with an understanding of the gospel. The gospel not only prepares us to worship, it guides and sustains our worship. In biblical worship, we proclaim the gospel in word and sacrament. In the worship of God we read,

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