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Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal

P & R Publishing / 2010 / Paperback

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Dr. Gordon looks at changes in worship from the fresh viewpoint of a Media Ecology perspective. Changes in music have changed the way we think, and the way we worship - or are even able to worship. The musical culture we are immersed in has altered our ability to understand other genres of music - so much so that we find them strangely unhelpful. This means that worship has become a conflict area, rather than a source of unity. Dr. Gordon not only shows the problems, he also provides solutions - it's important, because how we sing affects how we live.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1596381957
ISBN-13: 9781596381957
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Music has changed the way we think—and worship. Our pop-music culture has made worship a conflict area rather than a source of unity. Gordon uncovers the issues and points to solutions.

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T. David Gordon has been professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College since 1999. Previously, he was an associate professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for fourteen years and pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church (Nashua, NH) for nine years.

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“Dr. Gordon is at it again—bringing reformed theology and media ecology to bear on one of the thorniest issues in the church today—worship song. Witty, persuasive, and gracious, he challenges the conventional wisdom in the midst of the so-called ‘worship wars,’ asking for a serious inquiry into the nature of worship song and the media appropriate to it. He convinces us that if we are to worship with reverence and awe we must not unthinkingly accept the message of popular music.”
"Worship forms, tunes, and practices are neutral." We are may worship God in any way that is not forbidden." T. David Gordon criticizes these widely held assumptions in light of the biblical doctrine of worship. He makes a vigorous case for traditional forms of worship. Those who have never considered the tradition will benefit from this critique and even those of us who may think that Gordon's proposal is not radical enough, will find this essay stimulating.
"T. David Gordon’s writing is refreshingly candid and insightful. In this very readable volume he helpfully contextualizes the ways pop music has impoverished our culture and worship in so many churches while calling us to embrace again the enduring values of hymnody and psalmody." (If there is space, add: "I encourage anyone concerned about biblical worship to read this book.")

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    I was required to purchase and read Why Johnny Can't Preach for a seminary course, and I decided to by both books together. I appreciate the writing style and personal reflections of Dr. Gordon. This book emphasizes biblical truths even more than his other work, and I appreciate the great truths expressed in the hymns of the faith. Though I don't agree with everything Dr. Gordon says, I appreciate his opinions and conviction, and love for God's people. We might all be well-served to meditate through the words of a hymnal.
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