Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

March 16-17, 2007

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. Speakers reflect a wide range of experience and perspectives, and believe that “Good theology combined with good hymnology produces great doxology.”

Join us for this examination of the "Worship Wars," to be presented in Rudd Auditorium. There is no admission charge.


7:00 p.m. Panel discussion, “An Overview of the Topic”
8:00 p.m. Dr. Mel Wilhoit, “Déjà vu All Over Again: The Times Are (Always) A Changin’”
9:00 a.m. Dr. Milburn Price, “Worship: Mind and Heart or Mind vs. Heart”
10:30 a.m. Prof. Milton Pullen, “Face the Music: The Bonding of Music and Text”
1:00 p.m., Prof. Donald Wyrtzen, “Blended Worship in a Post-Modern Culture”
2:30 p.m., Panel discussion, Closing Comments and Questions


Dr. Mel R. Wilhoit, Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Department, Bryan College, earned the B.S. in music education from Bob Jones University, the M.M. in music history and literature from Mankato State University, and the D.M.A. in church music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many publications exhibit his interest in church music and its role in worship. Among these are “The Birth of a Classic: The Story of ‘The Ninety and Nine’” and “White Gospel Music.”
Dr. Milburn Price is retired Dean of the School of Performing Arts at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. He conducted the Samford A Cappella Choir and the University Orchestra and taught conducting, voice and church music courses. He holds the B.M. degree from the University of Mississippi, the M.M. degree from Baylor University, and the D.M.A. degree from the University of Southern California. He has received numerous awards including the Baylor University Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music.
Professor Milton Pullen is Director of the Pepperdine University A Cappella Choir and University Orchestra and Professor of Church Music and Conducting. He is the author and compiler of several popular hymnals used in Churches of Christ. He is an honorary life member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. His M.M. degree in conducting is from the University of Houston and his bachelor’s in music education from Texas A&M University.
Professor Donald Wyrtzen received his start in music while associated with his father, Dr. Jack Wyrtzen, founder of Word of Life International. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, The King’s College, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has arranged or composed more than 400 songs, and more than two million copies of his musicals have been sold. He is Professor of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.