John Simons introduces the journal: "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 be an artist and a theologian, and it addresses the need to increase dialogue between pastors and church musicians."
The first issue includes four articles, in addition to a number of book reviews.
- Why Pastors Should Be Learned in Worship and Music by Kevin Bauder
- Finding Beauty Where God Finds Beauty: A Biblical Foundation of Aesthetics by T. David Gordon
- Scripture, Shekinah, and Sacred Song: How God’s Word and God’s Presence Should Shape the Song of God’s People by Jonathan Blackmon
- Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture by Scott Aniol
"The core of biblical religion is the same in both Testaments. Whether for Israel or for the Church, true worship begins with the recognition that the Lord alone is God. Both in the Old Testament and in the New, this recognition implies that the Lord alone is worthy of worship. At all times, in all places, and for all peoples, the true worship of God means loving him with all of one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength. Right feeling (ordinate affection ) is the heart of all biblical religion."
May this journal do much to promote right love for God!
High Country Baptist Church