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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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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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How should God’s Word affect our worship songs?

In the recent issue of The Artistic Theologian, Jonathan Blackmon provided a helpful discussion of the way God’s character and Word should affect what we sing in the church. He summarizes the article in his introduction:

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Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?

T. David Gordon’s article in the recent edition of The Artistic Theologian raises the important issue of whether beauty has any objective basis. Yet my assertion that it is an important issue already assumes the conclusion! To believe beauty to be important assumes and objective basis for beauty in the first place.

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Should pastors be learned in worship and music?

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In the first issue of The Artistic Theologian, Kevin Bauder asks the question: “Should pastors be learned in worship and music?” He argues in the affirmative by presenting a series of nine propositions:

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Call for Papers: 2013 issue of The Artistic Theologian

The Artistic Theologian is designed to provide a place for publication, research, discussion, and resources for those engaged in worship and artistic ministry. We hope it will create points of connection between worship leaders, pastors, church music scholars, theologians, and students preparing for ministry. The journal and its allied resources support the point of view that a church musician should

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Volume 1 of The Artistic Theologian is now available!

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Church Music is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 1 of The Artistic Theologian, a peer-reviewed journal of ministry and worship arts! The issue has four outstanding articles plus thirteen book reviews. See below for descriptions of each article and links to them. You may download the full journal as a PDF by

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