"Reformed Christians," write D.G. Hart and John R. Muether, "are increasingly divided over how they ought to worship their God," a situation they regard as urgent. Drawing on Scripture and Reformed confessions and catechisms, the authors answer such questions as:
- When are we to worship?
- How does the regulative principle guide our worship?
- How does the dialogical principle shape our worship?
- How do we worship with reverence and joy?
- What is the place of the means of grace?
- How do the elements of worship differ from its circumstances?
They also tackle "the most divisive issue": music, concluding with criteria that can help Reformed believers make sound judgments.
Reformed Christians, write D. G. Hart and John R. Muether, are increasingly divided over how they ought to worship their God. Considering it an urgent matter to recover a biblical view of worship, the authors have written With Reverence and Awe. Drawing on Scripture and Reformed confessions and catechisms, the authors answer such questions as: When are we to worship? How do we worship with reverence and joy? What is the place of the means of grace? How do the elements of worship differ from its circumstances? Finally, the authors tackle "the most divisive issue": music.
D. G. Hart studied American history at the Johns Hopkins University and has served as Director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College and Academic Dean and Professor of Church History at Westminster Seminary in California. He is currently Visiting Professor of History at Hillsdale College. His books include Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism (1994); The Lost Soul of American Protestantism (2002); With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship (2002); John Williamson Nevin: High Church Calvinist (2005); and A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State (2006).
John R. Muether (MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary) is librarian and associate professor of church history at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. The coauthor of four volumes, Muether has served on the Harvard Divinity School library staff and has been librarian at Western Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He has served on the editorial board of Regeneration Quarterly and on the board of directors of Mars Hill Audio. He is historian of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and serves on that denominations Christian Education Committee.
This is a good book, which ought to be read by every believer who wishes to engage in worship that is pleasing to God because it is worship that is in harmony with Gods will as revealed in the inspired, infallible Scriptures.
The authors are measured, balanced and compactly comprehensive. The book is after all, a primer, so they shorthand some of the more controversial or questionable Old School hermeneutics. Its nonetheless heartily recommended to pastors and elders.
A well-written, thought-provoking volume. . . . Laymen and ministers shold read this discussion of the value of Reformed worship and what Reformed worship is.
A work of great importance to the discussion of Reformed worship. After several generations of books and essays on worship that seemed completely uninformed on the central concerns of our tradition, we are at last beginning to hear from Reformed scholars who know something about the subject.
When the forms and styles of contemporary worship first arrived on the conservative Presbyterian scene, Reformed traditionalists were caught off guard. Instinctively many reacted negatively, recognizing immediately that more than taste was at risk, that indeed something of great value was in danger of being lost. The agents of change were first in print with articles and books enthusiastically advocating a "kinder, gentler" Presbyterianism of lay worship leaders, pop music, topical sermons, drama, dance, and talk-show formats, all in a "lighter" and more "lively" context. Now at last Hart and Muether have provided the first comprehensive book-length answer to the challenge of contemporary worship. Their clear and forceful presentation will help ministers, elders, worship committees, and believers of every stripe understand the distinctives of Reformed worship, why they are worthy of preserving, and why contemporary innovations should be resisted.