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Spring 2014 Worship Courses at Southwestern

Classes for the spring semester get started at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary this Thursday, and we’re looking forward to a great semester! We’ve got a great new group of students, and I personally am looking forward to getting to know each of them.

We in the Worship and Ministry department are gearing up to teach some great courses this spring, and I thought I’d highlight what we’re doing and even provide the syllabuses for the courses I’m teaching.

Congregational Song

taught by Scott Aniol

This is a course required of all of our masters students, and it covers the history of the congregational song from the Old Testament Canticles to the present. I also discuss the various philosophical debates that have arisen in the area of congregational singing through the history of the church in order to help the students address similar issues in their own ministries.

The course requirements consist of readings, two book reviews, three exams, planning a leading a worship service, and an online discussion component.

Here are the books required for the course:

Aniol, Scott. Worship in Song: a Biblical Approach to Worship and Music. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 2008. (WIS)

Eskew, Harry. Sing With Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Hymnology. Second. Nashville: Genevox Music Group, 1995.

McAfee, Thomas, and John E. Simons, senior eds. Celebrating Grace Hymnal for Baptist Worship. Macon, GA: Celebrating Grace, Inc., 2010

Stapert, Calvin R. A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.

Here is my syllabus for Congregational Song (MUMIN 4222), Wednesday/Friday at 8:30.

Philosophy in Worship Ministry

taught by Scott Aniol

This is the third of our basic, required courses (alongside Worship and Congregational Song). This course is a study of the philosophical and theological foundations of church music, culture, and aesthetics. Students are equipped to develop their own personal philosophy of music and worship along with a more general ministry philosophy that they would implement in their local church ministry.

The course consists primarily of reading, discussion, and essay exams. The students will also participate in a formal debate at the end of the semester.

Here are the books required for the course:

Aniol, Scott. Worship in Song: a Biblical Approach to Worship and Music. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 2008.

Faulkner, Quentin. Wiser Than Despair: The Evolution of Ideas in the Relationship of Music and the Christian Church. 2nd ed. Simpsonville, SC: Religious Affections Ministries, 2012.

Johansson, Calvin M. Discipling Music Ministry: Twenty-First Century Directions. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1992.

Ryken, Philip Graham. Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Pub., 2006.

VanDrunen, David. Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010.

Wolters, Albert M. Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005.

Additional required reading includes the following:

Aniol, Scott. “Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture.” Artistic Theologian 1 (2012): 40–56.

Carson, D. A. Christ and Culture Revisited. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008.

Corbitt, J. Nathan. The Sound of the Harvest: Musics Mission in Church and Culture. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.

Kania, Andrew, “The Philosophy of Music”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).

Kivy, Peter. Introduction to a Philosophy of Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Makujina, John. Measuring the Music: Another Look at the Contemporary Christian Music Debate. Willow Street, PA: Old Paths Publications, 2002.

Myers, Kenneth. All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1989.

Snoeberger, Mark A. “Noetic Sin, Neutrality, and Contextualization: How Culture Receives the Gospel.” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 9 (2004): 345–78.

Here is my syllabus for Philosophy in Music Ministry (MUMIN 4312), Tuesdays/Thursdays at 11:30.

Seminar in World Cultures and Congregational Song

taught by Scott Aniol

This is a doctoral seminar that integrates cross-cultural studies with congregational song. It lays a foundation of fundamental philosophical categories necessary for articulating a biblical methodology of contextualizing congregational song in foreign context and equips students to evaluate current research and writing in the fields of global worship and ethnodoxology.

I’m particularly excited about this seminar, because I’ve decided to structure the course around the collaborative writing of a literature review and proposal for further research in the fields of global and worship and ethnodoxology that the class will then submit to Artistic Theologian for possible publication.

Here are the required texts that will begin the course. The students will be adding to this list other reading that they discover and use to contribute to the class discussion and literature review.

Hesselgrave, David J., and Edward Rommen. Contextualization: Meanings, Methods, and Models. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2003.

Krabill, James R, Frank Fortunato, Robin P Harris, and Brian Schrag, eds. Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2013.

Here is my syllabus for Seminar in World Cultures and Congregational Song (MUMIN 7183), Tuesdays at 7:30.

Reformation and Postmodernism

taught by John Simons

This course is a study of the philosophy, music, and forms used in corporate worship during the Reformation as related to twenty-first-century worship issues.

Worship Resources

taught by Robert Pendergraft

This is a practicum course taught by one of our PhD students. It is a practical study and application of resources for personal and corporate worship.

Worship Arts

taught by David Toledo

This practicum, taught by one of our adjunct instructors, focuses on using various forms of art in corporate worship.

Doctoral Colloquium

I also have the opportunity to oversee our doctoral colloquium program. This course meets once per week and is required of all our doctoral students. The year is divided between guest lectures by our faculty and others and paper presentations from our own students. This is a great chance for our doctoral students (faculty and masters students often attend as well) to benefit from the work others have done as well as hone their own skills in research, writing, and presentation.

We have a great line-up of speakers this semester:

1/29 Dr. Bob Smith of our piano faculty will address the colloquium.

2/5 Dr. John Simons will speak on developing an undergraduate music curriculum.

2/13 Dr. Don Wyrtzen

2/26 Robin Harris, coordinator of the World Arts Program at the Graduate Institute of Applied Liguistics will speak about global worship and ethnodoxology

3/7-3/8 Our students will attend the regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society

3/19 I will speak on the relationship between worship music and denominationalism.

3/26 Our dean, Leo Day, will address the colloquium.

If you are in the Fort Worth area for any of these dates, you are welcome to join us at 11:30 in BL101 in the School of Church Music building!

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