Contemporary Worship Music: A Biblical Defense   -     By: John M. Frame
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Contemporary Worship Music: A Biblical Defense

P & R Publishing / 1997 / Paperback

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Is contemporary worship music shallow and self-centered? Does it "dumb down" worship, as some critics claim? This noted professor of apologetics and systematic theology answers these and other objections with a clear defense of contemporary worship music. He exposes careless and divisive criticisms and demonstrates the music's biblical strengths and benefits in worship. 240 pages, softcover from Presbyterian & Reformed.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 8 1/2 X 5 1/4 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0875522122
ISBN-13: 9780875522128
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John Frame answers objections to contemporary worship music by noting its biblical strengths and benefits in worship.

Author Bio

John M. Frame (A.B., Princeton University; B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University; D.D., Belhaven College) is the J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series.

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Here, at last, is a case—and one made articulately and winsomely—for using contemporary music in worship with theological integrity . . . it is rare to find an author who makes his case with as much balance.
John Frame goes a long way toward sorting out the issues involved in contemporary worship music [CWM] and making us aware of the criteria for judging it.
His reasoned, scriptural, and theological arguments and insights help readers rethink traditional wisdom on the important but controversial subject of what music is appropriate in God-centered worship.
A premier composition--- bold, balanced, and convincing. Add courageous as he takes on some big name CWM critics, defends his musical and theological credentials, and even offers his approved list of songs.
[An] insightful and informed review of the whole debate. I especially appreciate the thorough discussion of issues such as quality, Christ-centeredness, and the role of the intellect, along with a fair appraisal of some of CWM’s besetting weaknesses.

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  1. Houston, Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    Today's worship leader....
    February 6, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    There is a dramatic change in the most current genre of contemporary worship. The newest worship leader attitude and technique is not that of leading others to worship God, but more of a presentation of personal abilities and agenda.

    Seasoned worship leaders know that the spirit of God moves through a congregation when their hearts and minds are focused on God alone. Many worship leaders of the old school realize the importance of listening to the spirit of God and obediently following the leading of the Spirit. This seems to be in contrast to the current protocol of the worship leader being oblivious to congregational needs. Many seem to be more focused on personal skill level, presentation and program time line.

    Worship must be focused on God alone. It is by this posture we fulfill scripture and God's commandment with reference and love for God with all our "heart, soul, mind and strength." (Mark 12:30 NIV)

    "Worship is an act of communication between God and his people." This being said, worship must touch the lives of people, stimulate personal and spiritual formation, and bring healing. Communication between God and the individual is vital. How then is this expectation achieved if so many members of the congregation are observers to a performance and not active or even casual participants?

    In the past, effective and vibrant worship leaders took on a shepherd's task of nurturing and protecting those put in their care. Church choirs, ensembles, and praise teams were pastured, taught, educated and practiced so they in turn could become co-leaders in worship. It was through the efforts of the worship leader or music minister to tend the sheep, so to speak. Regretfully, it seems that many of our newer worship leaders are in it for their own personal, gain, glory, growth, career or some psychological need. Slowly the days of a genuine and sincere leader that served with a servant heart for the benefit and well being of others in the process of leading others to and glorifying God seems to be fading away. Maybe it is time that these servant-minded leaders step up to mentor and teach these new leaders the most important aspect of their calling.
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