Bryan Center seminar to examine 'worship wars'
March 12, 2007

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            Modern life has impacted the church in many ways, not the least of which is in the style of music. But changes in music have created tensions in congregations that are anything but worshipful.
            The Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice will present “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: Reflections on the Worship Wars” on March 16-17, examining this phenomenon in a seminar open to the public without charge.
            Dr. Charles VanEaton, director of the Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice, said, “Toward the end of the 20th century, powerful influences intersected to change the face of Evangelical church music. The rise of the MTV generation with its concept of the rock band as standard music maker, the Charismatic movement and post-modern culture’s demanding a strongly experience-oriented worship, and development of practical/affordable technologies to promote a steady stream of new songs in worship each played a role.
            “The resulting changes in church music have become known as the “worship wars” and have substantially affected most Evangelical churches. The Bryan Center seeks to look at this recent movement and gain some perspective through Biblical, historical, and personal lenses.”
Four speakers, reflecting a wide range of experience and perspectives, will examine aspects of the “worship wars,” speaking from the common understanding that “good theology combined with good hymnology produces great doxology.”
All sessions will be held in Rudd Auditorium.
7 p.m. Panel discussion, an overview of the topic”
            8 p.m. Dr. Mel Wilhoit, professor of music, Bryan College, “Déjà vu All Over Again: The Times Are (Always) A Changin’”
9 a.m. Dr. Milburn Price, professor of choral music (retired), Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., “Worship: Mind and Heart or Mind vs. Heart”
            10:30 a.m. Prof. Milton Pullen, professor of music, Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif., “Face the Music: The Bonding of Music and Text”
            1 p.m., Prof. Donald Wyrtzen, professor of music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, “Blended Worship in a Post-Modern Culture”
            2:30 p.m., Panel discussion, closing comments and questions.