Music, Aesthetics, and the Church: A Discussion on the Need for Excellence in Worship
The Reformed tradition is known for its staunch defense of truth and a reliance on scripture. However, it often leaves these questions unaddressed: What about beauty? Is beauty valuable in-and-of itself? Is human expression of beauty through the arts a valuable enterprise, or merely a distraction from greater godly pursuits? Does the musical quality of our worship music matter, or should we focus solely on the theological accuracy of the text? What role should the arts (and artists) play in the local church?
Pastor Jonathan Cruse and musician and composer Josh Bauder address these questions, drawing from their experiences as artists and pastoral staff in their local churches. They will also speak on their collaborative projects, which include leading the Reformation Hymn Festival and writing several hymns which are included in the collection, Hymns of Devotion: 25 New Hymns for the Church.
Jonathan Landry Cruse is the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, MI, where he lives with his wife and children. He has written over 50 hymns, and is the author of several books, including What Happens When We Worship.
Josh Bauder is a Minneapolis-based composer and arranger. He teaches music theory and composition at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul and serves as worship director at Grace Bible Church of Monticello, MN.
Date & Time
Fri, Nov 3, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM