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.
Music has changed the way we thinkand 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.
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.
Dr. Gordon is at it againbringing reformed theology and media ecology to bear on one of the thorniest issues in the church todayworship 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 Gordons 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.")