From the Dean

News items, published articles, and reading recommendations from Dean Timothy George

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The Dean Recommends: Organ Envy- In Praise of Pipe Organs in Church

By Greg Kandra
March 15, 2017

From Jonathan Aigner over at Patheos, some good reasons why the best instrument for a lot of congregational singing is the increasingly-scarce pipe organ:

In my experience, the fiercest pipe organ opponents are baby boomers, who view the instrument as a symbol of the church of their youth, from which many persist in their rebellion, even in their advancing years. I believe it’s time to take another look at the unique benefits the organ can bring into worship.

It sustains and strengthens congregational singing. Think of any other instrument commonly used in worship. Guitars, piano, percussion, or anything else. Once you play a sound on any of these instruments, what happens? It immediately begins to decay, necessitating more fills on the piano and more chords on the guitar. But singing doesn’t work this way, and the continuity of the sung line is often disrupted, sometimes violently so, by the constant reiteration of pitch required by the limitations of other instruments. But the organ’s sound lifts and sustains the voice of the congregation through each phrase, guiding each breath, and setting the character of the song through its wide range of voices.

Read the rest at Aleteia.

Posted by Hunter Upton at Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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The Dean Recommends: I Cannot Do This Alone – A Lenten Prayer by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

March 6, 2015

I love this beautiful prayer by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which I like to post each year as a Lenten prayer. It challenges me with what it means to follow Jesus as we walk towards the cross.  It formed the centre of my meditation this morning – so challenging knowing where his journey led. This prayer was used as one of the Lenten meditations in The Mosaic Bible. This year I have included a short youtube video with an overview of Bonhoffer’s life. It ends with a challenge for us to engage in the injustices of our world. We may not believe that what Bonhoffer did was right, but his willingness to confront the issues of his day is something that we all need to take seriously. Read the rest at Godspace.

Posted by Hunter Upton at Monday, March 13, 2017
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The Dean Recommends: The Best Books to Read for Reformation 2017

By Thomas S. Kidd
January 24, 2017

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, symbolically inaugurated by Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517. There are many events scheduled in Europe and America to commemorate the Reformation. [It is the theme of The Gospel Coalition’s national conference in April, and the topic of a major Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning conference in October.]

I asked several historians for suggestions on the best books on the Reformation, ones that were serious in scholarship but accessible to people wanting to know more about the topic. Here are responses from John Fea, Mark Noll, my Baylor colleague Beth Allison Barr, and a few from me, too. Each person gave a few comments about each book they recommended. (I only asked history professors for this post—I am sure that seminary profs and other church history experts would have a different take!) Read the rest at The Gospel Coalition.

Posted by Hunter Upton at Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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