John Gardner is the Director of Instrumental Music at Stevens Street Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN. His primary responsibilities are administrating the School of Performing Arts, directing the worship orchestra, and composing orchestral arrangements to accompany the corporate worship of the congregation. Currently pursuing an M.Div in Worldview & Apologetics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, his goals are to equip the church with resources that enhance its ability to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, and to produce musicians trained to play with excellence and dedicated to the service of the Giver of their gifts.
Gardner lives in Cookeville with his wife, Laurie, and their three young children.
On Theological Biases
While the resources on this blog are designed to serve Christians from a wide range of denominations and doctrinal persuasions, and will remain as free from bias as possible, it is inevitable that there will be some disagreement over certain interpretive issues. For this reason, some disclosure of the author’s personal beliefs may be necessary.
As a Southern Baptist, Gardner affirms everything contained in the Baptist Faith & Message. And while he affirms the Doctrines of Grace, he believes that Christians with varying understandings of how God saves sinners have far more which unites them than divides them. This is particularly true in relation to corporate worship. For instance, Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley will both be affirmed on this blog, despite their differing soteriology. Because the best worship songs focus primarily on singing God’s own words, hymns and songs written by composers from all along the theological spectrum can have a place in the worship of many kinds of churches.