Kent Walters


January 2012 Worship Seminar Audio

Audio files from the January 2012 Chuck Fromm Worship Seminar God Still Speaks: Worship as a Living Theology of Communicationare posted below. Click here to see pictures from the seminar. You can use the embedded player to listen on this page or right-click the session titles and save the files for listening later, offline. Session...
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Mar 5, 2012: Balance of Word and Table

In worship, both the Bible and the bread and wine are equally important means through which Christ is proclaimed. If this is true, then those congregations which wish to express the balance between Word and Table may want to arrange the interior space of their worshiping area in a way that expresses this balance. -Robert...
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Feb 27, 2012: Worship Space

It is my experience that the architecture of our church is shaped by our concept of worship, which in turn shapes our experience of worship. . . . It is the function of space to foster rather than hinder congregational participation. -Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing,...
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June 2012 Worship Seminar: Worshiping with the Church Fathers

The next Worship Seminar, featuring Dr. Christopher Hall, will be held June 18-19, 2012, during the June Intensive. Dr. Hall is the Chancellor of Eastern University and dean of Palmer Theological Seminary. This event is open to the public, but requires registration.
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Feb 20, 2012: Good Art Speaks

Good art “speaks to me. It makes me listen. It forms me.” . . . Somehow the art in worship surrounds me and gathers me up into itself. Like music, it enters into my soul and abides there. During the week it becomes a dominant image in my experience and pulls me to dwell on the theme and...
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Feb 13, 2012: God Communicates Through the Material

To insist that art is necessary for worship is to commit aesthetic heresy. Such insistence makes art an idol, an object of our worship. On the other hand, to insist that art is a hindrance to worship is equally dangerous. It denies that the material creation is a worthy vehicle through which God can communicate...
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June 2012 Worship Seminar

The June 2012 Worship Seminar will feature Dr. Christopher Hall and be held June 18-19, 2012. Additional details will be posted soon.
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Feb 6, 2012: Christ Lost in the Calendar

By not following the Christian calendar we have come to adopt secular guidelines for our spiritual time. Christ has again become lost in our celebration of time, not because of too many saints’ days and feasts, but because of our celebration in worship of too many other days–national holidays like Independence Day and special events...
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Jan 23, 2012: All Time Has a Center

As Christians, we confess that all time has a center. And that center is Jesus Christ who has redeemed all things. From this center, this kairos event in history, the meaning and significance of all time radiates. It is through the remembrance of the Christ-event in worship that we are able to sanctify all time....
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Jan 16, 2012: Comma, not a Period

I have found many pastors today are becoming more concerned about the sense of response that extends into the world from worship, and rightly so. They want their people to feel sent. . . . “Every service is followed by a comma instead of a period. We worship as pilgrims.” -Robert Webber, Worship Is a...
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Jan 9, 2012: Bread and Wine

Bread and wine, these elements of creation, become the symbols of re-creation. For his body broken for us and his blood spilt for us are the signs of renewal and restoration. -Robert Webber, Worship Is a Verb: Celebrating God’s Mighty Deeds of Salvation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing, 1992), 151.
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Jan 2, 2012: Passing the Peace

In the early church it was appropriate to offer the kiss of peace after the prayers. . . . [It] was a gesture signifying that we are at peace with God and with our neighbors. Because God has reconciled us to the Father through Jesus Christ, we ought to be reconciled to each other. ....
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Alumni Association Introduction

Purpose The IWS Alumni Association exists to celebrate the unique community established among the students and faculty while on campus in Orange Park. Our aim is to encourage, edify and inspire through Anamnesis: the IWS Newsletter, our Web site and special events. Bob Webber and I introduce the Alumni Association during the January 2005 Opening Convocation...
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Dec 26, 2011: Congregational Response to the Word

No matter how it is accomplished, congregational response to the Word is a very important means of sealing the Word in this heart and life. . . . The placement of prayer after the word is crucial. . . . In the ancient church pastoral prayer was nonexistent. Prayer belonged to the people and arose...
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Dec 12, 2011: The Entrance

The overall purpose of the Entrance is not only to begin the service of worship, but to help us.
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