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.