Jim Hart



Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through...
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IWS Accreditation Self-Study Update & Next Week’s Surveys

It is critically important that those of you receiving a survey complete and submit it by no later than October 29th, 2013.
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Jim Hart: Relevant Worship: Style Matters

Style may be negotiable, but the relevance of style is non-negotiable as it wraps the content and structure of Christian worship into a cultural call to intense devotional commitment to follow Christ and with him be poured out for the life of the world.
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Holy Week: Remember

Before the day had run its course, The sun began to fail in force. The silent stars began to weep, A tremor shook the hidden deep. Above the darkened earth was raised The Son whose arms like wings were poised, Who then, as on the first of days Breathed forth his spirit on the void....
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President’s Column, February 2013 (Anamnesis)

The ethos of IWS is as strong if not stronger than ever! Thanks be to God.
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With God, All Things are Possible: A Christmas Message from the President

He has shown strength with his arm;     he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones     and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things,  and the rich he has sent away empty. Luke 1:51-53 (ESV) This coming fourth...
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A Message of Thanks

We at the Institute for Worship Studies are so thankful for the Lord's bountiful blessings during this past year, and for your support of our crucial mission of forming servant leaders through Christian worship renewal.
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September 2012 Notes

When the transaction of education supersedes the spiritual transformation of the individual, when acquiring knowledge supplants gaining wisdom, and when the fear of the Lord is absent from the focus and goal of learning, higher education institutions risk losing their purpose for being and their integrity.
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President’s Column, August 2012 (Anamnesis)

Due to the faithful blessing of the Lord and your faithful and generous support and advocacy, this past fiscal year has again been a remarkable year of achievement, even exceeding the record setting gains of last year.
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Presidential Update, May 2012

Greetings from the President, a reflection on the Beatitudes, and updates on all the goings-on around IWS.
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A Christmas Thank-You and Meditation

Greetings! On behalf of the trustees, faculty and staff of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, thank you to all who have generously supported IWS through your gifts of treasure, time and talent! We are grateful for your generosity toward the Lord’s work in and through the mission of our school. May the...
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Christmas 2011 Message from the President

This little babe so few days old, Is come to rifle Satan’s fold; All hell doth at His presence quake, Though He Himself for cold do shake; For in this weak unarmèd wise The gates of hell He will surprise. -from “New Heaven, New War,” by Robert Southwell (1561-1595) In a recent Christmas greeting, a...
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Thanksgiving 2011 Message from the President

I am truly thankful that the self-giving love, mercy, justice, righteousness, truth and loving-kindness of our Lord are truly never, ever exhausted. And, by His infinite grace and mercy, God calls us to participate with him in the ministry of reconciliation and the restoration of the entire created order.
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James Hart: On Ancient Future Worship

IWS President Dr. James Hart on Ancient-Future Worship, the June 2008 Presidential Address: Audio Download and Text Or, listen to the streaming audio:
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