Throughout Scripture, we see that God has directed His people to be engaged in a holistic, multi-sensory assortment of imaginative and emotional expressions to engage Him in worship—a worship that is an artistic and imaginal way of life. The mystery of transactional engagement with God happens through environments of imaginative human expressions. When people go to worship, whether in groups or alone, God designed them to exercise their imaginal intellect as much as any other dynamic of their being.
Imaginal Worship features electronic books, study guides, and texts written, developed, or chosen by Dr. Byron L. Spradlin. Each of these affordable resources focus on the theories and realities of music, fine arts, metaphors, symbols, and multi-sensory expressions that comprise biblical worship.
About Byron L. Spradlin:
Byron L. Spradlin (DMin, ThM) is a graduate of Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon with a Master of Divinity degree. At Western he was the co-founder of the Master of Church Music degree. He also has a ThM (ABD) from Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California and, in 2012, was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree in Worship Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginia. Over the years, Dr. Spradlin has become a well-known specialist on arts-based church leadership.
Imaginal Worship will begin offering resources in 2022.
Be Thou My Vision:
Be Thou My Vision
WORSHIP at the intersection of IMAGINALITY and ARTISTIC EXRESSION
Byron Spradlin is the founder and CEO of A.C.T. Intl. A.C.T. Intl provides artists and innovators the coaching, accountability, organization, non-profit status, and administrative systems they need to move forward in ministry. Dr. Spradlin is also a Bible teacher, church planter, worship pastor, evangelist, professor, recording artist, published songwriter, and arts-missiologist. A graduate of Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon with Master of Divinity and Master of Church Music degrees, he has also done ThM studies at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California and, in 2012, he was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree with honors in Worship Studies from Liberty University’s Divinity School, Lynchburg, Virginia.
Chapter 1: The Importance of a Biblical Definition of Imagination
Chapter 2: Crafting a Theology of Imagination
Chapter 3: Gathering and Discipling Artistic Worship Leadership
Chapter 4: How Imagination and Artistic Expression Relate to Worship
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