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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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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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Don Hustad: Twentieth Century Musical Renaissance Man

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R. Albert Mohler Jr, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called Donald P. Hustad “one of the giants of Christian music of the 20th century–an almost iconic figure whose personal ministry and professional artistry were combined in such a powerful way.” Billy Graham, world-renowned evangelist, described Hustad as “a man who lifts-up his voice in prayer to the One

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A Lenten remembrance

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Beginning Wednesday, the larger Christian community will begin to prepare for the celebration of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This season of preparation, Lent, has several themes, including self-examination and repentance from sin, prayer, fasting, self-denial, and meditation on God’s Word. The time of preparation lasts forty days, from Ash Wednesday (February 13, 2013) until the beginning of

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Lip-syncing worship

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The blogsphere (and twitterverse!) were all abuzz last week with the news that Beyoncé lip-synched the Star Spangled Banner at the Presidential Inauguration. What appeared to be a heartfelt performance now met with criticism.

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Epiphany

Across Christendom the celebration of the birth of Christ is coming to a close. Christians across the globe remember the visit of the Magi following the twelve days of Christmas. The Gospel writer Matthew brings to light the sign by which the Magi new of Christ’s birth, a star. He chronicles their journey to find the One who was born

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Why should we study the history of Christian worship?

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Tomorrow I begin another semester teaching a graduate class in the history and theology of worship. The class is largely a survey of the historical, theological, and philosophical events and ideas that have shaped worship today, and one of the first tasksI tackle on the first day of class is to answer the question, “Why?” What significance is the history

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Encountering the Church in Worship

This is a great point from Zac Hicks: Many distill the essence of corporate worship as “encounter with God.” That’s a great summary. When we gather, God chooses to reveal Himself in special ways and through special means, many of which He reserves ordinarily only for that context. But have we ever thought about the fact that, in worship, we

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