Worship Theology

Join Dr. Jeremy Perigo and guest theologians, scholars, musicians, and Christian leaders as we bridge faith and ministry praxis. WorshipTheology is a podcast to fuel and nurture vital discussions on worship, music, and theology. Join us as we think deeply about Christian worship.

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Wednesday Apr 19, 2023

In the final episode of the first season, join Dr. Jeremy Perigo as he welcomes back Geraldine Latty and Carey Luce as they discuss the practice of creativity and emotional breadth in worship. Hear topics such as the use of gospel choirs, planning time for creativity, utilizing musical tensions, emotional and musical manipulation, the theology of the Spirituals, building community through singing, and learning from other cultural expressions of worship.
Geraldine and Carey are London-based worship artists with a massive amount of experience in music, songwriting, theology, education, and worship leadership. 

Monday Feb 13, 2023

Join Dr. Jeremy Perigo with guests Kenny & Claire Hilliard as they examine the importance of lyrical theology. Kenny and Claire are Nashville-based songwriters with a passion for serving the local church. This podcast was recorded live at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa during a worship arts and theology class.

Wednesday Nov 30, 2022

In this episode, Dr. Jeremy Perigo sits down with Rich and Lydia di Castiglione, UK-based worship leaders and songwriters, to discuss writing worship songs that simultaneously acknowledge pain, suffering, grief, and hope. They explore how worship songs can express empathy and the entire emotive bandwidth of the Christian life. Hear the stories and theology behind their worship songwriting, which embodies the “already and not yet” of the kingdom expressed in the writings of George Ladd.
Rich and Lydia are a part of KXC (Kings Cross Church) and are passionate about seeing the most broken and abused come into freedom and fullness of life.

Wednesday Nov 02, 2022

Join Dr. Jeremy Perigo as he sits down with London-based musician and educator Carey Luce as they explore creativity in church music.  Carey is a lecturer at London School of Theology and recently served as visiting worship artist in residence at Dordt University.
Their discussion topics include curating musical creativity, education models for improvisation, Stevie Wonder & Bela Fleck, church music pedagogy, playing in different church contexts, pushing into new genres, competency vs. character, exploring your unique sounds and the sounds of others, rehearsal as worship, and much more.

Wednesday Oct 26, 2022

Join Dr. Jeremy Perigo as he hosts New Testament scholar Dr. Conrad Gempf as they discuss worship in the New Testament. Dr. Gempf has taught at London School of Theology for years and is a creative voice bridging the academy and the Church. Discussion topics include the Lord’s Supper, biblical interpretation, worshipping Jesus, the cultural backgrounds of the first Christians, worship in Corinth, worship in Galatia, and much more.

Monday Oct 17, 2022

Join Dr. Jeremy Perigo, along with Sara and Sam Hargreaves, as they discuss the crucial intersection between gathered worship and scattered worship. Sam and Sara help give theological insight and creative worship practices that connect our Sunday worship with Monday work. The Hargreaves are scholarly practitioners serving both as theological educators and worship leaders in numerous church contexts. Hear some innovative ideas relating our corporate worship to our everyday lives.  
Their discussion includes worship in everyday life, smashing the sacred/secular divide, vertical worship, horizontal worship, outward-focused worship, multisensory worship, liturgical theology, worship discipleship, formative worship, and much more.

Monday Oct 10, 2022

Join us for this unique discussion hosted by Dr. Jeremy Perigo on multicultural churches and multicultural worship with Dr. Dan Backens and Pastor Kevin Turpin of New Life Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Drawing from over twenty years in ministry leading a multicultural church together, these two leaders discuss challenges around race, church planting, and staying in relationships in ministry. Hear how the place of corporate prayer has catalyzed a space for corporate expression and identity in their diverse community. 

Monday Oct 03, 2022

Dr. Tanya Riches, a researcher and Senior Lecturer at Hillsong College, joins us in unpacking the intersections of her ministry and scholarly work in mega churches, Pentecostal liturgical theology, and Aboriginal-led Australian congregation. 
Don’t miss this stimulating discussion around branding worship, Pentecostal worship, Hillsong, navigating ethnography and theology, experiencing the Holy Spirit, cultural identity, vocation, and much more. The conversation wraps up by exploring ways to create hospitable spaces for those often left out of corporate worship spaces. 

Monday Sep 26, 2022

Join Dr. Jeremy Perigo and Dr. Eric Sarwar, a missiologist, minister, and musical peacemaker, as they unpack Eric’s musical peacemaking ministry and his recent Ph.D. dissertation, “Psalms, Islam, and Salam: The Punjabi Psalter as Public Witness in Pakistan.”
Interfaith dialogue, worship, mission, musical genres in Pakistan, liturgical identities, the role of the Psalms, ethnomusicology, and peacemaking are just a few topics examined in this unique discussion.

Wednesday Sep 07, 2022

Dr. Jeremy Perigo sits down with Dr. Lester Ruth to discuss the theological roots of the contemporary worship movement. Drawing from Ruth’s recent collaborative work with Dr. Swee Hong Lim titled A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship, this podcast unpacks two streams of theological and liturgical development in contemporary praise and worship.
Hear how theological and liturgical shifts over the last fifty years changed the face of Protestant worship.
Join the discussion as they unpack topics such as the presence of God, attractional worship, biblical theologies of worship, Davidic Worship, seeker-sensitive worship, audio production, fog machines, and the interplay of theology and worship.
This discussion was initially recorded in a worship arts class at Dordt University with students of Dr. Angela Perigo and includes some of their unique questions.


Rev. Dr. Jeremy Perigo

Jeremy was based in the Middle East for over six years catalyzing indigenous gatherings of worship and prayer and researching issues of worship and contextualization. He has a Doctorate of Worship Studies from the Institute of Worship Studies and is Director of Campus Ministries & Worship Arts and Associate Professor of Worship Arts at Dordt University . He previously taught at London School of Theology for six years, where he was the head of theology, music, and worship department. In addition, he is a visiting lecturer at Regent University and Northern University. He is an accomplished saxophonist and travels internationally as a worship leader and speaker.

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