Papers from past Annual Meetings

2007   San Diego

Michael A. Farley, “What Is ‘Biblical’ Worship? Biblical Hermeneutics and Evangelical Theologies of Worship”

David P. Nelson, “Doctrine and Doxology: Some Reflections on the State of Evangelical Worship in the Twenty-First Century”

2008  Providence

Dan Aleshire, “The State of the Preparation for Worship Leadership in ATS Schools”

John Piper, “Why God Is Not a Megalomaniac in Demanding to Be Worshiped”

John D. Witvliet, “Grounding Corporate Worship in Scriptural Wisdom: Prospects of Recent Evangelical Scholarship”

2009  New Orleans    (Theme: Corporate Prayer)

Allen Ross, “Communal Prayer in the Old Testament”

Grant Osborne, “Prayer in Corporate Worship in the New Testament”

Bryan Spinks, “Corporate Prayer in Church History”

2010  Atlanta    (Theme: Worship Hermeneutics)

Daniel I. Block, “In Spirit and in Truth: The Mosaic Vision of Worship”

Peter J. Leithart, “Sacrifice and Worship after the Stoicheia”

Reggie M. Kidd, “Scripture’s Governance of Worship in Ancient-Future Perspective”

2011  San Francisco

Jonathan Blackmon, “A Song Made New: Biblical Norms for Music in Corporate Worship”

Robbie Castleman, “Contemporary Liturgical Docetism and the Re-Incarnation of Christian Worship Through Story-Shaped Liturgy” (available as part of her book Story-Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History)

Barry Joslin, “Raising the Worship Standard: The Translation and Meaning of Colossians 3 and Implications for Our Corporate Worship”

Ron Man, “Lessons from Global Worship”

2012  Milwaukee

Session 1   Theme: Worship and the Trinity

John D. Witvliet (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship), “The Doctrine of the Trinity and Contemporary Celebrations of Christ’s Birth, Death, and Resurrection”

Lester Ruth (Duke Divinity School), “Trinitarian Similarities and Differences in Evangelical Song: Old and New”

Andrew A. Braine (Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies), “Five Dimensions of the Christian Eucharist: Biblical Foundations”

Session 2

Paul Jacobs (Liberty University), “Sing Unto The Lord A New Song: A Theological Evaluation and Analysis Of The Top 20 Contemporary
Christian Songs for 2011″

Amy F. Davis (Nyack College), “Communion: Confession and Contrition or a Redemption Celebration?”

James B. Jordan (Biblical Theological Seminary of St. Petersburg, Russia), “From Bread to Wine: Why the Ritual Sequence is Important”

John Shouse (Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary), “Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as Enacted Parables: A Narratological Study”

2013  Baltimore

Session 1   Theme: John 4 and Worship Space

H. Wayne Johnson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School),
“John 4:19-24: Exegetical Implications for Worship and Place”

G. K. Beale (Westminster Theological Seminary),
“The Idea of the Temple in John’s Gospel, with a Focus on Temple Worship in John 4″

Edward Yang (Fuller Theological Seminary)“Sanctifying Space: The Role of Places for Corporate Worship in Light of ‘Spirit and Truth’ and ‘Body and Blood’”

Session 2  (Open Session)

Mark S. Giacobbe (Westminster Theological Seminary),
“The Sacrifice of Praise: Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical-Theological Insights on the Praise of God”

Frank Lyons (Anglican Church of North America)“‘Praise’ in the Ordo: A Third Sacrament?”

Scott Aniol (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)“The Mission of Worship: An Assessment of the Missional Church Movement’s Impact Upon Evangelical Worship Philosophy and Practice”

Vanessa Platek (University of Aberdeen), “Christian Worship and the Trinity: Thomas F. Torrance’s Theology of Worship in Light of His Trinitarian Theology”

2014  San Diego

Session 1   Daniel Block’s For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship

Daniel I. Block (Wheaton College): “The Author’s Overview”

Reggie Kidd (Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando): “A Response from Biblical Studies”

Michael Farley (Covenant Theological Seminary): “A Response from Liturgical Studies”

Session 2   (Open Session)

Max Rogland (Erskine Theological Seminary): “The Shema as Christian Prayer”

Amy F. Davis Abdallah (Nyack College): “Invented Liturgies for Life Passages”

Frank Lyons (Anglican Church in North America): “Critiquing Cranmer: Ordo and Ecclesial Identity”

Rustin J. Umstattd (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary): “The Lord’s Supper: A Case for Reclaiming the Symbolic Meal from a Symbol of a Meal”

2015  Atlanta

Session 1   Worship and the Word: Scripture Reading in Corporate Worship

Ron Man (Worship Resources International) “Revelation and Response: The Paradigm of True Worship” (PowerPoint)

Paige Patterson (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) A Preacher’s Perspective: “Ultimate Mystery: The Disappearance of Holy Scripture from Evangelical Worship”

Nancy Nethercott (Global Renewal of Worship Center, Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies ) A Worship Leader’s Perspective: “The Woven Word: Scripture as the ‘Golden Cord’ from the Call to Worship to the Sending”

Session 2   (Open Session)

Mary Patton Baker (North Park University): “The Ritual Progression of Levitical Sacrificial Offerings and Eucharistic Worship”

Scott Connell (Boyce College/Southern Baptist Theological Seminary): “Implications for Worship from the Mount of Transfiguration”

 Amy F. Davis Abdallah (Nyack College): “Bible, Blessing, and Beyond in the Antiochian Orthodox Marriage Liturgy”

Gregory J. Stiekes (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary): “Agreeing to Agree: Unity in Corporate Worship and Its Application to Families Worshiping Together in the Public Assembly”

2016  San Antonio

Session 1   Form and Freedom in Evangelical Worship

David Toledo (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary): Freedom and Order in Worship: Paul’s Instructions in 1 Corinthians 14″

John Witvliet (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship): “Contested Themes in the History of Evangelical Suspicion of Liturgical Form”

Melanie Ross (Yale Institute of Sacred Music): “Roots and Rhizomes: Freedom in Evangelical Worship

Session 2   (Open Session)

David J. Calvert (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary): “The Model of Revelation and Response in Luke 24:13-35”

Derek McNamara (Faulkner University): “A Call to Mature/Maturing Worship”

Robert Pendergraft (University of Mary Hardin Baylor): “Erik Erikson and the Church: How Corporate Worship Sustains Through Crises”

Jonathan Welch (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary): “Why We Must Sing Along: The Theological Case For Congregational Singing”

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