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Ethnodoxology with Robin Harris

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On February 26, the School of Church Music at Southwestern Seminary hosted Dr. Robin Harris who is an assistant professor of the Graduate Institute of applied Linguistics (GIAL) and the president of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). She spoke on the subject, “Good music” and “good worship”: How understanding non-universals can inform the contextualization debates in the North American

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Of Games & God by Kevin Schut

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Of Games & God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games, by Kevin Schut. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2013. 206 pp. $16.99. It is easy to find heavily partisan writing on the video game phenomenon that has so deeply entrenched itself into our social fabric, whether it be a crusade against video game violence and its perceived real-world effects or

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Liturgy as a Way of Life by Bruce Ellis Benson

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Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship, by Bruce Ellis Benson. The Church and Postmodern Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013. 160 pp. $17.99. As part of The Church and Postmodern Culture series from Baker Academic, Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship by Bruce Benson is an attempt

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Ken Myers speaks on the Christian worship tradition in SWBTS Worship Colloquium

Ken Myers, director of Mars Hill Audio and author of All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture, spoke in our worship Colloquium recently on the shape of modern culture and how it relates to the Protestant Church. He points out that the church today seems to be more concerned about imitating the culture around it than

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John Dyer speaks on technology in SWBTS Worship Colloquium

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Should we use technology in worship? John Dyer, Executive Director of Communications and Educational Technology for Dallas Theological Seminary, sought to answer this question at a recent colloquium of doctoral students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. To answer the question, technology must first be defined. Dyer quipped that although technology is thought to be anything invented after you are born,

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The Death of the Grown-Up by Diana West

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West, Diana. The Death of the Grown-Up. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 2007. 256 pp. $15.99. In The Death of the Grown-Up, author Diana West examines what it means to be “mature,” and how the arrested developments of post-World War II Americans have contributed to the degeneration of American society as a whole. Taking on a range of topics—from parental

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Invitation to study Biblical Foundations of Worship and Culture for a week at Southwestern Baptist Seminary

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Worship leadership today is a field of exciting opportunities, but it is also one of many potential pitfalls. Many of these pitfalls result from church music ministers who are unfortunately ill-equipped to face the numerous challenges that Christian worship in the twenty-first century brings.

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Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective, by Ted Turnau

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Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective, by Ted Turnau. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2012. 346 pp. $19.99. Truly an international academic, Ted Turnau teaches at both the Anglo-American University and Charles University in Prague. Additionally, he is a teaching fellow at the International Institute for Christian Studies. He specializes in culture and religion, and Popologetics is the product of their

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Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, by Andy Crouch

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Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, by Andy Crouch. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008. 284 pp.[A1] $26.00. Andy Crouch is an influential evangelical, as his résumé plainly reveals: long-time InterVarsity campus minister at Harvard, former editor of re:generation quarterly, editorial director of the Christian Vision Project at Christianity Today International, board member for Fuller Seminary and for Books & Culture.

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A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church, by Calvin R. Stapert

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A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church, by Calvin R. Stapert. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. 232 pp. $18.00. In his book A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church, Calvin R. Stapert, who taught for many years at Calving College in Grand Rapids, sets out to bring to the

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