Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 Views
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Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 Views   -     Edited By: Paul E. Engle, Paul A. Basden
    By: Paul Zahl, Harold M. Best, Joe Horness, Don Williams

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A clear, engaging description of the six most prevalent models of worship in North American churches, presented by advocates for each position. The contributors evaluate each position in order to broaden people's understanding of diverse models and shed light on an emotive issue.

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Title: Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 Views
By: Paul Zahl, Harold M. Best, Joe Horness, Don Williams
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Zondervan
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0310247594
ISBN-13: 9780310247593
UPC: 025986247591
Series: Counterpoints: Church Life
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An exploration of what worship looks like from a biblical standpoint and why the topic of worship can be so contentious among Christians.

Because worship is inherently theological--because it's a manifestation of humanity's response to God's holiness--it's important to take seriously how we worship and the roles it serves in personal displays of adoration and in community with other believers.

Exploring the Worship Spectrum provides an overview, critique, and celebration of six prominent worship styles:

  • Formal-Liturgical – represented by Paul Zahl
  • Traditional Hymn-Based – represented by Harold Best
  • Contemporary Music-Driven – represented by Joe Horness
  • Charismatic – represented by Don Williams
  • Blended – represented by Robert Webber
  • Emerging – represented by Sally Morgenthaler

This unique format allows those with a heart for worship to compare different perspectives and draw their own conclusions on what the Bible teaches. It allows readers to understand the various approaches to worship, carefully evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and make personal choices without adopting a judgmental spirit.

The Counterpoints series presents a comparison and critique of scholarly views on topics important to Christians that are both fair-minded and respectful of the biblical text. Each volume is a one-stop reference that allows readers to evaluate the different positions on a specific issue and form their own, educated opinion.

Author Bio

Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.


Paul A. Basden (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is one of the senior pastors at Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, Texas. He has also served as pastor of other churches in Alabama and Texas and as an adjunct professor at Beeson Divinity School. He is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the author of The Worship Maze.
Paul F. M. Zahl (ThD, University of Tubingen) is dean of Cathedral Church of the Advent (Episcopal) in Birmingham, Alabama.
Harold M. Best (DSM, Union Theological Seminary) is emeritus dean/professor of music of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
Joe Horness (BA, Trinity College) is worship director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, where he has been on staff since 1981.

Don Williams (PhD, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary) is founding pastor of the Coast Vineyard Christian Fellowship in California and has taught at Claremont McKenna College and Fuller Theological Seminary.

     Robert Webber (1933 - 2007) was the William R. and Geraldyn B. Myers professor of ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and professor of theology emeritus at Wheaton College. A theologian known for his work on worship and the early church, Webber was founder and president of the Institute for Worship Studies, Orange Park, Florida.  

Editorial Reviews

Six different writers each present a chapter on their particular worship -- running the gamut from formal liturgical, to charismatic, to emerging worship. Each chapter is followed by short commentaries by the other writers providing a variety of perspectives on each worship style. What emerges is a fascinating conversation that doesn't try to convert you to one particular style of worship, but broadens your mind to the inherent worth of different types of worship. A good read. -- YouthWorker Journal

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