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January 28, 2014

Jeremy Begbie

"Reshaping Lament: Music and the Way to Joy"

Underwritten by The Center for Excellence in Preaching

Note: Due to contractual restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

Jeremy Begbie Music and lament have been very closely linked in history, yet in today's Church sung lament in worship is still relatively rare. Begbie will show how various forms of music - from blues to recitative, from Old English laments to Scottish keening - can help us understand more deeply and experience more fully what it means to say that the path to joy only comes through tears. The lecture will include piano performance.

Jeremy Begbie is the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke University. He teaches systematic theology, and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interests are in the interplay between music and theology.

Previously Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, he has also been Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews, where he directed the research project, Theology Through the Arts, at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. He is a Senior Member of Wolfson College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge.

He studied philosophy and music at Edinburgh University, and theology at Aberdeen and Cambridge. A professionally trained musician, he has performed extensively as a pianist, oboist and conductor. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, having served for a number of years as assistant pastor of a Church in West London.

He is author of a number of books, including Voicing Creation's Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts (T & T Clark); Theology, Music and Time (CUP), and most recently, Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker/SPCK), which won the Christianity Today 2008 Book Award in the Theology/Ethics Category. He has taught widely in the UK and North America, and delivered multimedia performance-lectures across the world, from Israel to Australia and Hong Kong.

Along with participating on the January Series 2014, Jeremy will also be a presenter at the Calvin Symposium on Worship, which is a three-day conference sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching. The conference brings together a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders and planners, artists, musicians, scholars, students and other interested worshipers. People come from around the world for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning, seeking to deepen and integrate all aspects of worship, develop their gifts, encourage each other and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church.

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Award winning author and professor, Jeremy Begbie is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship in Theology at Duke University. He currently spends one semester each year (currently spring) at Duke Divinity School and the other semester at Cambridge.

Professor Begbie is the director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) which promotes a vibrant engagement between Christian theology and the arts.
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Resounding Truth

Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker/SPCK), won the Christianity Today 2008 Book Award in the Theology/Ethics Category.