Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Artistic Theologian

A couple weeks ago my friend Scott Aniol alerted me to the publication of a new online journal, The Artistic Theologian. I finally had the opportunity to peruse it today, and I am excited that Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is putting forward this quality contribution to church worship. I commend it to you if you have not already seen it.

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.
 Kevin Bauder's article brought back to mind a wonderful quote from Augustine, which I have posted here in the past. Kevin rightly says,

"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 

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