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Worship in Song by Scott Aniol

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Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, by Scott Aniol. Winona Lake, IL: BMH Books, 2009. Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, published by Scott Aniol in 2009, marks the advent of still another work in the conflicting genre of books on music and church. Aniol acknowledges the crowdedness of the field and

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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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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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Congregational Singing and the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Southwestern Seminary is hosting this semester an exhibition of rare Dead Sea scroll fragments, twelve of which have never been seen by the public. It’s really a remarkable source of research and information about the time when Jesus lived and the early church was formed.

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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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Welcome to the Artistic Theologian Site

Please visit again soon for essays, reviews, and commentary. The first edition of our journal will publish in August!

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