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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2002
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Worship by the Book: Thinking Biblically About Worship: From Theology to PracticeEdited by D.A. CarsonZondervan / 2002 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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The Conviction of Things Not Seen: Worship and Ministry in the 21st CenturyTodd E. Johnson, ed.Baker Books / 2002 / Trade Paperback$30.00
Over the past several years, churches have engaged in an ongoing debate between two different styles of worship--"traditional" and "contemporary." Here, Ronald Byars argues that many of the differences between the two styles are superficial. Authentic worship, being wholly theocentric, can and must be both responsive to contemporary culture and grounded in history and tradition. Thus, rather than merely trying to please their members, congregations must focus on exploring worship that is biblical, honors our communion with the saints, and takes seriously the ways that our culture is reshaping us. He concludes with a description of an authentic, postmodern Protestant worship service.
SRB4 Stars Out Of 5October 23, 2006SRBA very thoughtful reflection on how we approach worship in the context of the postmodern world. The author begins by showing how the worship wars between traditional and contemporary approaches are thoroughly rooted in a modern, consumer mindset, and that these fights are going to be increasingly irrelevant as the culture around us continues to move towards postmodern ways of thinking. He goes on to argue that biblical worship regardless of style - should be structured around three central elements that have historically been central to all orthodox forms of Christianity from the very beginning; baptism, the scriptures, and communion (or as he puts it, Bath, book, and meal), along with attentiveness to the poor. Byars is writing from his perspective as a pastor in a mainline denomination with a fairly liturgical approach to worship, but his insights would be valuable for pastors and worship leaders from any tradition who are more concerned with the content of their services than they are with the style.