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Resources for teaching worship

In light of John Simons’ post about teaching worship, I wanted to highlight a few resources that might be helpful for a pastor or ministry of music who wishes to follow his advice.

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Stephen Carrell on church music ministry today

The Southwestern Seminary School of Church Music was recently blessed to have Stephen T. Carrell, Associate Pastor of Worship and Music at Park Cities Baptist Church, make a presentation to its Doctoral Colloquium on November 28, 2012. The presentation was one that Rev. Carrell had previously made to the Texas Choral Directors Association, where his words were met with much

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The Depth Model: A Curriculum Strategy for Preparing Artistic Theologians

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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A Hymnal Without A Binding: Intentionally Developing a Corpus of Congregational Song

Every local congregation has a corpus of congregational song that serves as a basis for the selection of music for corporate worship. In churches of the nineteenth and twentieth century that was often the hymnal of the church. In many churches today, hymnals have been replaced with digital resources that instantly grant access to thousands of songs. The possibilities with

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Refrains: Now

Chuck King follows up on his previous post about the adding of new refrains to previously existing hymns; this time, he discusses the modern “hymn revival” trend and his views on the subject. I actually have a greater problem with this practice, in its current form. And that is that without any significant improvement to the original, adding material to standard

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Refrains: Then

Chuck King briefly discusses refrains that were tacked onto existing hymns in the 19th century, covering one example, “At the Cross,” in detail. This happened a lot in the 19th century, especially (or, specifically?) in the context of revivalist meetings. Songwriters sometimes began with the texts of existing hymns, and added a chorus (refrain). As we will see in the

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How to Read a Psalm

In How to Read a Psalm, Bob McCabe describes the psalmic three-fold structure and how it helps us better understand a psalm’s message. When I have preached on a psalm in a church, some people have mentioned to me that they were familiar with a verse from the psalm but they had not thought about the passage’s overall message. I

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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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Absurd Worship

Thomas G. Long offers commentary on the kinds of things we do sing–and should sing–in Christian worship. Faithful worship is deeply ironic. Instead of the words “Enter to Worship, Depart to Serve,” perhaps our bulletins should say, “Warning: Every word of the service to follow is absurd, to be uttered only in faith.” “I believe in the holy catholic church”?

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Timothy Hammonds: An Open Letter to Praise Bands

Timothy Hammonds’ comments and thoughts on an open letter to praise bands by James K.A. Smith.

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