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Fall 2014 Worship Courses at Southwestern

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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

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Ethnodoxology with Robin Harris

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On February 26, the School of Church Music at Southwestern Seminary hosted Dr. Robin Harris who is an assistant professor of the Graduate Institute of applied Linguistics (GIAL) and the president of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). She spoke on the subject, “Good music” and “good worship”: How understanding non-universals can inform the contextualization debates in the North American

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Creative Motion: An Application of the Use of the Breathing Process in Performance

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In a recent meeting of the Doctoral Colloquium of the School of Church Music at Southwestern Seminary, Dr. Robert Smith presented his work in the field of creative motion. Smith addressed the common misperception that in discussing creative motion he would not be addressing movement, but rather using motion as an internal idea. Smith said to define simply, music is

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Call for Papers

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The editorial team of Artistic Theologian is pleased to extend a general call for papers for the third volume of our peer-review journal, due to be published in the spring of 2015. We are looking for articles and book reviews on the subjects of worship, music, music ministry, culture, aesthetic, and related subjects. Articles for the journal should generally be about

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Spring 2014 Worship Courses at Southwestern

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Classes for the spring 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 spring,

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Receive a Master of Arts in Worship without having to relocate

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This week I am in the midst of teaching an intensive block class called “Biblical Foundations of Worship and Culture.” Although teaching 8:30-4 each day is tiring, I actually enjoy classes like this that enable me to communicate a lot of big ideas in a short amount of time, which I think helps students grasp some connections that are often

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Volume 2 of Artistic Theologian is now available!

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The School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 2 of The Artistic Theologian, a peer-reviewed journal of ministry and worship arts! The issue has seven outstanding articles plus sixteen book reviews. See below for descriptions of each article and links to them. You may download the full journal as a PDF

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Gospel-Shaped Worship: A Review of Recent Literature

Books reviewed: Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice, by Bryan Chapell (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009); Story-Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History, by Robbie F. Castleman (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013); Rhythms of Grace: How the Church’s Worship Tells the Story of the Gospel, by Mike Cosper (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2013); Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, by James K. A. Smith

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The Psalter Reclaimed by Gordon Wenham

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The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms, by Gordon Wenham. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. 205 pp. $15.99. Whether times of praise or times of mourning, seasons of birth or seasons of death, the psalter speaks to a host of situations. Wenham, an Old Testament scholar, writes this introduction to the psalter to reorient the church with the breadth

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How Then Shall We Worship? by R. C. Sproul

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How Then Shall We Worship?: Biblical Principles to Guide Us Today, by R. C. Sproul. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2013. Pastor, teacher, and speaker R. C. Sproul is well known in evangelical circles. Many churches have used his books for Sunday school curricula and small group discussions, such as his classic text The Holiness of God (Tyndale House

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