DT & David Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference
I thought I'd go ahead and mention this now since the registration fee is at a good deal. David Crowder has kindly invited me to be a part of his "Fantastical Church Music Conference." He asked if I would address the question of the church's music from a specifically theological perspective. I am sincerely honored to be given this opportunity.
I've cared about the church's worship since I was a kid in high school. My senior year I worshiped at a non-denom on Sunday mornings, a Baptist church Sunday evening and an Assembly of God on Wednesday night, and I was always fascinated by how Christians "played out" their ideas of worship. In college I attended, at one time or another, a Vineyard church (Evanston, Il.), a Bible Church (in Austin), a Lutheran church (St. Martin's in Wuerzburg, Germany), and an Episcopal (St. Matt's) and charismatic (Hope Chapel) church.
I also--in a galaxy far, far away--used to lead worship when campus groups got together at the University of Texas. At the moment my doctoral work at Duke involves a primary and secondary concentration in theology and liturgy.
Oh--and in high school I was a total Keith Green fan. And I loved John Michael Talbot's bushy, monkish beard and monkish music.
All this to say, I'm excited to be a part of the conversation that will take place in Waco, TX, in the fall of this year. I'm especially thankful I get the entire summer to think about what I'll say. I'll need it.
Here is the rest of the information about speakers and artist participants. It's a great lineup.
Dates: September 30 - October 1-2, 2010.
Speakers: Rob Bell, Louie Giglio, Bob Kauflin, the delightfully mischievous David Dark, and myself.
Musicians: Derek Webb, Matt Redman, Hillsong London, Jars of Clay, The Welcome Wagon, Israel Houghton, Matt Maher, Leeland, Gungor, and other folk I don't yet know.
Registration fee: up till May 1 it is $179 for general, $159 for students. See here for rest of prices.
Crowder's FAQs page: see here for some funny answers.