About

Born and raised in Guatemala City, W. David O. Taylor is Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary as well as the director of Brehm Texas, an initiative in worship, theology and the arts. He completed studies at the University of Texas, Georgetown University, the University of Würzburg, and Regent College in Canada. He earned his Th.D. at Duke Divinity School.

He is the author of the book, The Theater of God’s Glory: Calvin, Creation and the Liturgical Arts (Eerdmans: 2017). He is editor of the book For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker Books: 2010) as well as co-editor of Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds (IVP Academic: 2017). He has written articles, among others, for The Washington Post, The Christian Scholars Review, Calvin Theological Journal, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Q, Comment Magazine, The Living Church, In Touch Ministries (Charles Stanley’s magazine) and The Christian Vision Project. He is currently writing a new book, Worship and the Arts: Singular Powers and the Formation of a Human Life.

For twelve years, in full and part time capacity, he served as a pastor at Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas. There he supervised an arts ministry and the adult education program, along with preaching regularly. Having recently stepped off as a board member of Christians In the Visual Arts, he now serves on the advisory board for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts as well as IVP Academic’s series, “Studies in Theology and the Arts.” He leads an annual retreat for pastors and artists at the Laity Lodge and has lectured widely on the arts, from Thailand to South Africa.

In 2016 he produced a short film with Bono and Eugene Peterson: "Bono and Eugene Peterson: THE PSALMS." In the June 2016 issue of Christianity Today, he and his wife were featured for their work with the church and the arts. His artistic interests include playwriting, modern dance and film, and in recent years, science fiction literature. He is ordained in the Anglican Communion in North America and he lives in Houston with his wife Phaedra, a visual artist, gardener and cook, his daughter Blythe and his son Sebastian.

He can be found on Twitter @wdavidotaylor.

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Joseph Tenney said…
Hi there! I obviously don't have your email :) but had a question for you. I'm not even sure this will get to you! So I'm an arts pastor up here in Chicago. Actually did my masters work in theology at Duke Div graduating back in 04. So as an arts pastor, I have the privilege of having many many conversations around art and theology with various people in our congregation. One question that surfaces is one related to "paying" an artist for a particular job. Say, it's painting a mural for Global Missions...I often hear, "why do we always have to assume we must pay an artist for their work for the Church? Why can't their contribution be that of a teacher or any other volunteer? Why must money be involved?" Now, I DON'T believe money MUST be involved nor do I believe artists cannot volunteer gifts and resources to better the Church. We all should. But how would you respond to the thread that lies behind that question? This staunchness towards money & arts?? I hope that makes sense...Any good reads out there on this subject?
Joseph, I've just "friended" you on FB so I can answer your question properly.
Hello! I've just completed episode 3 of a web series that looks at the day-to-day life of a pastor. (in other words, a CHRISTIAN created something) and thought you'd like it. In fact, i really think you'll like it. Do I put the link in this comments thing?
BNS: I'm not sure this is the best blog to promote your web series, but feel free to put a link in the comments section for now. Thanks.
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Tarah VDW said…
Hello- I'm pretty thrilled to have discovered your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your life in art and faith. God's peace.
Tarah, thanks for saying hello. Very kind of you. God's blessings for the new year.
Kenneth Green said…
David,

enjoyed your blog. Also appreciated your presentation at Preaching in a Visual Age at Ecclesia through Fuller last November. I don't have a facebook account, but could you shoot me an email for a question off-line? seaktb@gmail.com
thanks, Ken Green
Wayne said…
David, do you have a copy of "God and Guitars" by Michael J. Gilmour? If not, I can send you one as I have not been able to get into this volume.
Wayne: I don't have that book but would happy to have it. You can send it, if you wish, to this address:

3536 Rose of Sharon Rd
Durham, NC 27712-3334

Thanks!

David
Joseph Tenney said…
Hey David, got a question I'd like to ask you. Any chance u got an email for just this sort of thing? :-)
Joseph: apologies for the delay. Feel free to write me at david D0T taylor AT duke DOT edu.
편집자K said…
Hi, David. I'm an editor at Inter Varsity Press Korea. We're about to publish Mark Labberton's book and we just found his "greatest" photos on your blog! Is it okay if we use one of them for our cover wing? It would be grateful if you let us! Please reply!
Dano said…
Hi David. I appreciate your work. Who should be an arts pastor? How does one start shepherding artists?
Phu Dat Huynh said…
God Bless, Pastor David
Let me encourage your faith when facing atheists

https://youtu.be/g6W4Dz30dU8
And this is the information below of the clip: Knowledge of human are as small as sands . Atheists are arrogant about their knowledge , not modest about the sands . If God created the universe , = 300 or 400 billion galaxies in the universe or more than that . Earth is 1 planet inside 1 galaxy , the earth = 5.972E24 kg = 5,972,190,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg = (1.31664251759790396e+25) lbs . 1 person weight 70 kg = 155 lbs . Universe age = 13.82 billion years , earth age = 4.543 billion years . Technology + knowledge of human's civilization = from the first production of stone artefacts, about 2.5 million years ago, to the end of the last Ice Age, about 9,600 BCE , = +2.5 million years , perhaps become civilized in 11000 years . Today do we know all about earth & the body of human 100% ? There are too many small things like virus that we can’t defeat them . If we don’t know all so do we have enough ability to find God’s evidence . I teach you about humility . The technology + knowledge of 11000 years human's civilation can find evidence of God or has enough knowledge to to answer " does God exit , the owner of universe which 13.82 billion years years old & 300 or 400 billion galaxies or more than that " ? It's too lame , faulty . U can read the debate between me & atheists here https://plus.google.com/112166857546472929462/posts/Wbb6r2J1rwv

Science is working. We don't know all. Imperfect knowledge. So if someone tell us that God doesn'ty exit so the answer base on imperfect knowledge. So the accuracy of the answer is imperfect. "​​Carl Sagan said 'an atheist is someone who knows more than I do.' Even he had to admit that he just didn't know about the existence of God," he reminded speakers, referring to the popular American astronomer and cosmologist​". Around us good people go to Heaven when they die, every day, and I tell the atheists that they should carry camera & follow good souls to heaven to get proofs of God. I have defeated atheists many times.

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