With Reverence and Awe; Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship
A very good defense of reformed worship with an emphasis on the regulative principle (only elements postively mentioned in the Bible are acceptable). D.G. Hart and John Muether write clear prose, present sound arguments, and base their stuff on the Bible. They tackle the question of etertainment in worship and lay waste to the seeker-sensitive approach to the Sunday service--but they do so from biblically principled reasons.Note, though, that the authors draw upon their Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) tradition. As such, it is extremely rich in intellectual acumen (Presbyterians--at least in centuries past--have been known as outstanding thinkers who excell both at impeccable exegesis [boy, do they know their Scriptures!] and sound systematic theology [there is no end to Presbyterian systematic theologians. They include Charles Hodge, B.B. Warfield, John Frame...) The authors of this short book, then, are standing on solid ground when they rely on their Presbyterian heritage. The challenge: OPC dudes tend to be very intellectual, although this book, I should stress, is NOT overly intellectual. It is, however, deep in its discussion of worship. Thankfully, they write in a fairly simple-to-read style that is coupled with biblical proofs of their points.Read this book with the understanding that it is going to challenge head-on many of the 'sacred cows' of modern American evangelicalism.
January 9, 2009
This book proved to be exceedingly helpful and spiritually challenging and thought provoking as I worked though a number of serious issues with which I have been struggling. I have already recommended it very highly to a number of friends and some have purchased it on my recommendation and are not at all disappointed. I would urge all who call themselves Christians to read this book in the light of Scripture and consider the issues and arguements put forth in this book.
December 31, 2005
This is a great book! Just what I was looking for - it has taught me so much about true biblical worship. Now I not only have an idea of what worship is all about, but I have a biblical basis for my beliefs! Great job! I will recommend this book anytime.
January 28, 2005
This little, readable book is a timely work. Hart and Muether have done a great service for the church by providing a clear restatement of the biblical approach to the worship. This is a must read for every minister of the gospel, and is highly recommended for laymen.
July 7, 2002