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This is for any Christian, not just musicians
April 11, 2011
It's refreshing to hear a thoughtful and Scripture based reason for taking a closer look at what we are singing today. While the author is forthright- even blunt- he is tactful and lovng as he deals with a highly emotional topic that so easily can become divisive.
This book should be read by all pastors and worship leaders, in fact all sincere Christians. To attract people we have slipped from worship as God asks it in the Bible, and got into entertainment and fun for the congregation. Churches and fellowships which are returning to real worship and theologically sound hymns and songs (often the old ones) are finding that they are the ones growing in grace!
Finally, someone has drawn the badly needed line between Praise and Worship and supported the
separation with Scriptural Authority. Whether what we do in most Churches can accurately be categorized as 'Praise' is yet to be determined. However, Worship is now well defined and stands alone - which it should be! Bill Matney
Dan Lucarini makes several valid arguments for balance worship in the Christ-Centered church, embracing scripture reading, prayer, and more where music currently dominates the landscape. I am reminded of a book I once read concerning the dangers of caffeine, where that author did not paint caffeine as a deadly poison, but instead pointed out the dangers of being overloaded with too much caffeine because the serving sizes have increased so dramatically when compare to the volumes typically consumed 50-75 years ago. The author of "It's not About the Music" similarly points out how music has crowded out other elements of worship over the ages and suggests a return to worship with less music but more scripture reading, prayer, praise, and other elements of worship that were once more commonly practivced in teh churches. Music by itself is not toxic, but too much music and not enough of the other elements of worhip does make the music have a toxic effect on the lives involved. And not just the lives of the "audience", but also the "performers".
But what I most appreciate about this book is the encouragement to recognize the need for change and to stay wherever you are to be an advocate for change. Don't be deceived by the notion that worship is practiced better somewhere else, and you have to go on a treasure hunt to find that place. Stay where you are, pray, and look for ways that you can be an agent to transform the worship in your church, one step at a time. The real beauty of this book is not the persuasive arguments about what is wrong with worship and what might bear a closer resemblance to true biblically inspired worship. Rather, the beauty of the book, a beauty rarely found in the vast volume of publications about Christian worship these days, is what the book tells you to do once you see these truths yourself.
Martin Luther did not initiate change that was instrumental in the era we refer to as the Reformation by running away. He posted his 95 theses on the doors of the church.
All of the letters written by the apostle Paul were addressed to Christians that had gone astray and/or needed encouragement to stay on the right path.
The Old Testament prophets confronted aborations to encourage correction. (My personal favorite for worship leaders is Ezekiel 33:30-33).
If you are looking at this book (which you most certainly are doing since you ar reading the review), it is most certainly because the title somehow rings a bell within you. The bell is God telling you to be a prophet in the land you are in.
So get the book.
Read it again.
Then go back to your church and be a prophetic advocate for change, the type of change modelled by Christ in his matchless love and grace.