Books & Music


Open Source Church: Making Room for the Wisdom of All

Open source software makes the basic program instructions available for anyone to see and edit. An “open source church,” likewise, is one in which the basic functions of mission and ministry are open to anyone. Members are free to pursue their callings from God that are consistent with what God has called the congregation to be and do.

In Open Source Church: Making Room for the Wisdom of All, Landon Whitsitt argues that Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that anyone can edit, should become the model for churches as they seek to develop new leaders and structures. The church anyone can edit. It kind of brings a smile to your face doesn’t it?

Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $9.99



Theology Is Art

Theology has come under attack. Having lost their way, many would-be theologians have resigned themselves to a life of trying to prove the unprovable while others have forsaken theology altogether in favor of simply trying to “live the Christian faith.” Neither course has the capacity to bring together the Body of Christ.

In this digital monograph, Landon Whitsitt argues that for theology to fulfill its true purpose and potential it must be understood as an art form. Synthesizing the contributions of the great philosopher of art, Susanne Langer, and the “father of modern theology”, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Whitsitt asserts that theology is best understood as humanity’s “creation of forms symbolic of human feeling, which result from an encounter with God.”

Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $0.99 (free PDF coming soon)


ordo: an album of worship

For most of the people I know (certainly the ones for whom this music was recorded), the only connection they have to “worship music” is that they have seen a commercial on TV featuring the “worship leader rock star.” They have heard songs that could easily double as love songs on any other CD, and featured arcane language language that lacked both theological depth and modern respectability. As the late Rich Mullins would say, most modern worship music is “fifth rate lyrics set to sixth rate music.”

When most people think of “worship music” they are afraid. They are very afraid.

This collection of songs was the result of a decision I made to go to seminary so that I could write music for the church that was musically interesting, consistent with a sound theological tradition, and accessible to the modern ear. I will let you judge the relative success of that goal, but this collection could reasonably be viewed as a culmination of my theological education. As such, it is my gift to the Church.

Available from Bandcamp for $5.00.


Open My Lips: A Collection of Canticles

After searching and searching for an authentic and consistent prayer life, within the last year I came home to the prayer book of my church. One of my favorite parts of that experience is the canticles that have been read and sung by Christians for thousands of years. I was jealous, however, that I was not privy to any of the melodies used to sing these great songs.

So I wrote my own.  I hope they help you.

Available from Bandcamp for $5.00.