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Wednesday, May 17 • 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Bible and Music

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  • Are You Attending God's Institute for Music in Worship?
    - Dr. Vernon Whaley
    God's plan for a dynamic relationship with Him is perpetuated & developed in our ministries as we teach our praise teams and musicians how to worship.  The Bible already outlines this plan of action through the Mosaic, Davidic, and Pauline Schools of Worship.  Listen as Dr. Vernon Whaley, Dean of the Liberty University School of Music explains shows how the origin, organization, operation, and opportunities of these three schools of worship serve as a Biblical model for discipling our own praise teams and musicians. 
  • Story-Telling Music: The Gospel Sung
    - Dr. Jim Hart
    What is the gospel? Why is it important to worship? What is the foundational purpose of music in worship? Worship music, in fact the entirety of Christian worship and liturgy, should be rooted in scripture, specifically the Gospel, serving a formational value that far exceeds the issues of stylistic taste that may thin out the subversive good news of Jesus the Christ. Led by Jim Hart, President of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, we will explore the role of music in serving the scriptural content of Christian worship.
  • Shaping our Speech and Song in Worship by the New Testament
    - Dr. Lester Ruth
    When contemporary Christians speak and sing in worship why don’t they sound more like the Bible? Specifically, when modern Christians speak and sing in worship why don’t they sound more like the Christians of the New Testament? If an apostle of the 1st century showed up at your church next Sunday, would they want to say “amen” to the content of your service? Lester Ruth, a worship historian at Duke Divinity School, will discuss some ways in which a close reading of the New Testament can enrich how we speak and sing in the worship of God.


Worship Leaders & Teachers
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Dr. Jim Hart

President, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
James R. Hart serves as the President of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS). During his tenure at IWS he has held positions as Dean of Students, Dean of Administration and Provost. In June of 2007 he was inaugurated as the second president of IWS.  Dr. Hart has been involved in worship leadership and music ministry for over 35 years, and has taught in the areas of worship, theology and music in various colleges and seminaries, including Asbury Theological Seminary, Christ for the Nations Institute, and Oral Roberts University. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Oral Roberts University in Sacred Music, a Masters of Music from the University of Tulsa, and the Doctor of Worship Studies from the Institute for Worship... Read More →
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Dr. Lester Ruth

Worship History Professor, Duke Divinity School & The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
Dr. Lester Ruth is the Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is trained as a worship historian, bringing to that task the concerns of a pastor, a role he has served in several churches in Texas.
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Dr. Vernon Whaley

Dean, Liberty University School of Music
Having distinguished himself as a teacher of worship studies for more than 35 years, under his leadership, Liberty University’s School of Music is the 7th largest music program in the country with 44 full-time and 31 part time/adjunct faculty, over 1,250 students in one of 20 und... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Room B4 15100 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA 20120