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“He who is, Became” (Christmas 2018)

He who is the very essence of being itself, became what he created, taking on the confinement of frail flesh so that we who are born of flesh may share in his divinity. He who is, became.
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Re-Enchanting Worship: Beauty, Heavenly Participation, and Worship Renewal (June ’18 Presidential Address)

Here is the Presidential Address from the June 2018 on-campus intensive session. This talk addresses a way of understanding beauty that can transform the way we approach worship and worship renewal.
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Dr. James Hart

James Hart: Re-Enchanting Worship

How does earthly worship participate in the beauty of heavenly things, and what does this have to do with worship renewal?
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"Thank You" superimposed on Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church stained glass

Summer 2018 Update

Exciting updates from our June session, including news about ATS, an honorary degree conferral, and more!
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Dr. James Hart

Re-Enchanting the Gospel

The role of beauty in worship is the communication and application of the truth and goodness of God that fires our hearts and souls with an intense love of God, and therefore an intense love of all mankind.
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Georges Rouault, Crucifixion.

Crucifixion of the Beautiful One: The Role of Objective Beauty in Worship [Part 2]

In the encounter of the truly objectively Beautiful One, we are arrested, claimed, and sent.
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The Work of Beauty

Vision and rapture, form and light work simultaneously to bring us to God. That's the beauty of God in Christ! In being caught up, we see with the eyes of our mind, and in seeing we are caught up to the invisible God.
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Beauty: Hope for Dark Days

What is God's Beauty? How can beauty give us hope for the difficult times we face? From Dr. Jim Hart's 1/3/2018 Presidential Address to the community of the Institute for Worship Studies.
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How do we Understand an Infinite God?

How do we finite, sinful creatures understand and encounter the God who is both infinitely true and infinitely good?
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January 2018 Presidential Address: The Role of Beauty in Worship

“The most effective attainment of theological application comes through an enthusiastic embrace of objective beauty, because that is also who God is, the manifestation of infinite beauty.” Dr. Jim Hart addresses the IWS community on the subject of beauty in worship, guided by the eminent theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar.
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Duccio de Buoninsegna, The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel

Christmas 2017 Message from the President

Greetings, The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14 NIV “No one would have expected that the One whose fingers could stop the turning of Arcturus would be...
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Advent: Already and Not Yet

O God, who makest us glad with the yearly expectation of thy coming, grant that we, who with joy receive thy only-begotten Son as our Redeemer, may without fear behold him when he shall come to be our Judge, even thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy...
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Thanksgiving 2017 Reflection from the President

Let us give thanks that we have union with God through Christ as members of his mystical Body, proclaiming, singing and enacting the gospel in robust mission that transforms the world into the fullness of Christ’s Kingdom, ushering in the reign of God across the earth.
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Dr. James Hart

Worship and the Biblical Narrative

Spiritual formation takes place only in the womb of the Church. And, worship is famously the source and summit of the spiritual life of the Church.
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Dr. James Hart

James Hart: Worship and Culture

An excessively culturally accommodating church will try to look so much like the secular world that its participation in and witness to the life of God is diminished or even nullified.
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