New Worship Leaders During Chapel

Dr. Mohler announced during Tuesday’s chapel service that Dan Odle and Lange Patrick will be leading the music element of worship during chapel services.  Both men lead the worship through music at the Fegenbush and East Campus of Highview Baptist Church in the Kentuckiana area.

If you have not been to chapel in a while, please let me encourage you to attend if you are able.  This year promises to be an excellent and challenging year of messages in chapel. If you cannot make it, but are near a television Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, you can watch on the service live on local channel 19 here in Louisville.  There is a rebroadcast at 6 pm.

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17 Responses to New Worship Leaders During Chapel

  1. Will Jackson says:

    Terry, was there any reason given on why the music ministers from Highview are going to lead worship when we have an entire school dedicated to Church Music and Worship?

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  2. Not in chapel. Any answer I would give would be purely speculative at this point.

    For what it is worth, I believe they have done a wonderful job thus far. That is not to say that those who led in previous semesters did a bad job. It does seem to me that each leader offers something a bit different in the way of worship style and such.

  3. Tony Kummer says:

    @Terry Delaney: Are they leading for both services each week? Back when I was on campus more, the Thursday was contemporary and the Tuesday was traditional with choir.

    Is the choir not singing in chapel?

  4. @Tony: They led both services this week. The choir was present during Convocation. With only three services into the semester, it is hard to say what, if anything, is going on.

    It seems to me that they are wanting to go toward a much more blended music style than in years past. How that might look is beyond me.

  5. stephen says:

    Word around Cooke Hall is that this is a semi-permanent decision.

  6. Tony Kummer says:

    @stephen: Does this have any connection with the big “Seminary Pops Concert.” From the commercial I heard on the radio, it sounds like a major undertaking.

  7. julieh says:

    What I’ve heard is organ will not be used again in chapel this semester at all. Ironic, as they were going to raise funds to restore it – it’s in need of some work.

    @Will – I wonder that too. There are lots of us who are Worship majors – there were originally 20 of us in Leadership in Contemporary Expressions right now, so there are certainly contemporary musicians and singers available. My only guess would be that they normally rehearse right before, and choir/seminary choir also rehearse in that timeslot.

    @Tony – nah, orchestra regularly does concerts, one isn’t connected to the other.

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  8. Tony Kummer says:

    No organ!

    That’s enough to get you fired in a lot of churches.

  9. "Daniel Dokimadzo" says:

    Without detracting personally from either of these two very fine music ministers and the work that they do for their two respective churches, and without denying the legitimate role of praise choruses as *one component* of worship, it’s still a pity to see unrelenting “music lite” take over the seminary chapel. Interestingly, a decade ago Dr. Mohler initially expressed a good deal of opposition to something very like this format, calling it the “Pentecostalizing” of worship. So Southern’s formidable home-grown student and faculty talent was weighed in the balance and judged insufficient for the postmodern musical task of constantly soothing the “audience”?

  10. @Daniel: Before you go tossing out accusations, make sure you have tested and scrutinized every facet of this issue. Everything that has been said in this particular post has been mostly conjecture except for Julieh who is in the music department. Unless you have some inside information, I do not see your comment of the department being “judged insufficient” and that we are being “soothed.”

    I am not sure if you have attended any of the chapel services, but there has been a remarkable difference in the participation of the congregation during the singing of praise songs and hymns.

  11. Bradley says:

    If it is a permanent decision … I’m glad. No offense to those who like organs and choir music, but it seems very outdated to me. The more progressive the music style becomes in chapel, the better it fits with the musical styles of today’s culture. Contrary to popular belief and style bias, today’s worship music, far from theologically anemic, is very God-centered and theologically rich (and even reflects, methinks, more closely the repetitive and emotive nature of the Psalms). Same deep theological truths, but in a music “language” that more people today actually speak. If the goal is to get more people engaged in the praise rather than preserve a “sacred cow,” I think the change (if it is permanent) should be judged as very good.

    But of course … it’s too early to say what’s going to happen.

  12. an SBTS music student says:

    Comment has been deleted per the users request:
    “So, please just delete the entire “SBTS music student” comment. It was neither insightful or helpful.”

  13. Tony Kummer says:

    @an SBTS music student: I’ll let this comment post, but in general it shows more integrity to call for reform using your name. I don’t mean to be harsh, just want to encourage you.

    (His/her comment was not actually anonymous, since a real email was used. That is why I allowed it to post.)

    Either way, thanks for the input. We don’t hear much about the music school. In my mind, the reform of church music should be a priority. Especially considering it gets at least 30% of the worship time.

  14. Jan DeKlavon says:

    Hi everyone,
    Having witnessed first-hand the turmoil that occured on this campus back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, just thought I’d throw out a little tidbit about the music in Chapel “back in the day…”

    It is so hard to believe that less than 18 years ago, a few of the worship leaders in SBTS Chapel services used to preface the majority of songs in the hymnal with an apology. The reason? We were told the hymnwriters of old were not “enlightened” in their understanding of the importance of using inclusive language. Therefore, adjustments were made in the wording.

    Whenever a song used words such as “man, mankind , brother, bretheren, or brotherhood, ” we were told to replace the word with ” humankind, person, or personhood.” At times, this became downright ridiculous! In my opinion, it made the worship about political correctness (self-centeredness)instead of being about Jesus. Additonally, on some occasions right after Chapel, there would be forums in the old meeting hall in Mullins where students opened in prayer to “Our Mother God.” It is hard to imagine this is the way it used to be at SBTS not so long ago.

    It has been a joy to watch the changes taking place in the musical style of worship at Chapel over the years. (I work and have to catch the evening re-broadcast of Chapel on Channel 19) It gets better every year!

    I do want to say I so appreciate the extrordinary musical talent, giftedness, wealth of knowledge and instruction the entire faculty The School of Music possesses. We are most blessed at Southern and Boyce to have such a high calibur of musicianship.

  15. Tony Kummer says:

    @Jan DeKlavon: Thanks for the reminder, most of use haven’t been here very long at all. Knowing the background definably puts things in perspective, and we all look forward to continued progress.

  16. Dr. Daniel Dokimadzo says:

    Several thoughts, in Christian love, expanding the preceding dialogue.
    1, First, clarifying, I do not possess insider information of the kind desired by a previous poster but believe I am still allowed to make the very obvious inference that someone, somewhere, obviously with the SBTS administration in the loop, weighed the previous chapel “product” in the balance and found it, for whatever reason, wanting. It is precisely the mystery surrounding that decision that cries out for an informed explanation by the decision-makers, particularly an explanation to the school of music students and faculty who have every right to feel critically bypassed, if not outright snubbed. Applicable Scriptures include “blessed are the peacemakers.” Why was it necessary to import two outside worship leaders, albeit from two outside churches (or they would say one church, two locations) when there is so much incredible talent on Lexington Road ? Is this a permanent decision and if so, why–please tell the music students and faculty what the reasoning was.
    2. Second, and I would strongly encourage everyone interested in this issue to do their homework and check the accuracy of what I am saying here, Dr. Mohler himself raised some very strong, pointed and (some of us believe) valid theological objections a decade ago to precisely this approach to worship music, including his “Pentecostalizing” sound bite. The issue is not whether praise choruses are scriptural–of course they are–but whether music lite can do justice theologically or musically to the whole counsel of God as reflected in the rich, full heritage spanning many centuries in Baptist hymnody. The chipper, unrelentingly upbeat approach is not only monotonous if worshipers are fed a steady diet of it; it also is musically at odds with, for example, a Good Friday hymn such as “Oh Sacred Head How Wounded,” where the venerable organ is precisely what is indicated. On Easter Sunday, one wants the Hallelujah Chorus, and only a majestic, sonorously, reverently joyful choir will do.
    3, Third, I would urge great caution in considering whether to accept several postmodern assumptions expressed earlier in this blog. The one that church music ought to resemble current cultural norms as closely as possible would be highly dangerous if applied to preaching, where expositors are now rightly being trained to go against the cultural grain in pegging sermons to God’s Word, rather than trying to be mere standup comedians entertaining the passive audiences (speaking of whether more congregation members actually participate in music lite, check out Highview’s services sometime–practically no one sings along in their pews). Also, is music lite really in touch with the culture in the first place? As I punch various buttons on my car radio, I hear nothing like music lite on any stations except perhaps to some extent on one of the local Christian stations. If the implication is that music lite is the way to reach lost people, forget it–you’ll do that with Christian rock, and some of that genre is quite good, but my educated guess is that you won’t be hearing it anytime soon at Southern chapel services.
    4. Dispensing with the ad hominem objection….yes, I have been to SBTS chapel in person this fall and watched on TV as well. My opinions are not being formed in a vacuum.
    5. This is a topic on which deeply reverent Christians can and will hold varying opinions. It is good that at least in this blog, those opinions are being aired–and I hope this post makes it through, even with not everyone agreeing with it. Perhaps, though, there are other venues as well for such a dialogue–in person, with the key decision-makers? It is not disrespectful to those in positions of authority to ask for clarification on why a decision was made.

  17. Dave Crater says:

    Dr. Dokimadzo: You are right on target, sir. Very nicely done.

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