A Speaker Evening and Hymn Sing with Jonathan Cruse and Josh Bauder

  • November 3, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Reformation Heritage Books

    3070 29th Street Southeast
    Kentwood, Michigan 49512
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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.


Hymns of Devotion

Leadership — Community Presbyterian Church (kalamazoocpc.org)

ABOUT | Josh Bauder Music

Hymn Festival — Community Presbyterian Church (kalamazoocpc.org)


Date & Time

Fri, Nov 3, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details

Reformation Heritage Books

3070 29th Street Southeast
Kentwood, Michigan 49512 Reformation Heritage Books
Reformation Heritage Books