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Who is Israel’s race?

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I have noticed a great trend in recent years among pastors and music ministers to pay more careful attention to what truth they are singing. Unfortunately, in years gone by, many churches sang songs merely out of habit, even though the truth espoused therein contradicted their statements of faith. It always amuses me when Premillenialists sing “We’ve a Story to

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The significance of worship for the Great Commission

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The Lord Jesus Christ gave the church its commission before he ascended to his Father: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end

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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 humility of Advent

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Advent is a season of reflection and anticipation. As we look back to the distant past, we can clearly see the beauty of God’s faithfulness. He remained steadfast to His promises to bring forth a Savior; valleys were exalted, hills made low, and the glory of God was displayed in a humble stable. The prophets of old foretold of the

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Which advent is in view in Joy to the World?

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We are entering a wonderful time in the year when we can reflect upon the advent of our Lord and the redemption that comes through faith in him. One of the most enjoyable ways to do this is through the singing of classic Advent and Christmas hymns. Songs like “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

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The Depth Model: A Curriculum Strategy for Preparing Artistic Theologians

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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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Practical considerations for accompanying congregational singing

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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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Seven Reasons Why the Organ Should Be Used in Contemporary Worship

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The following material was presented in the doctoral colloquium at Southwestern Baptist Seminary on October 20, 2012. For more information about doctoral studies in Church Music at SWBTS, click here. Rather than decry the decline in the organ’s usage in many of our churches, this writer, who has been an organist for forty years, would like to offer seven reasons why

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Knowing the Lord with our Whole Beings

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The Psalter, the ancient hymnal of Israel, gives a magnificent picture of reality. The Psalter’s lyricists and composers wrestled with the nitty-gritty of life in the ancient world. They wrote honest and beautiful songs about their struggles and triumphs. Some of what they wrote seems messy to a purely rationalistic mind, but it all rings true to a full view

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The Decline of the Organ

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The following material was presented in the doctoral colloquium at Southwestern Baptist Seminary on October 20, 2012. For more information about doctoral studies in Church Music at SWBTS, click here. What are some of the reasons for the decline in organ usage in many churches today?

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