Beyond the Sixth Extinction rSity for a service but I will continue to look into this aspect over time This book pleasantly surprised me Having left it lying on the shelf for three years I finally opened it andead the final uarter of the book by Tim Keller I loved it I then started at the beginning and Renegade Women read the other three contributors Carson himself writes about sixty pages which is the average length of each of the other three contributors Below I try to summarize some of the content of each andor what was most salient to meCarson s chapter is decidedly theological as expected Nothing groundbreaking but he writes with clarity and insight Salient in myeading was his discussion of perspective in our approach to the entire subject Do we approach worship first by asking what it is that God expects from us Carson says that in the first instance what makes worship delightful is God himself Conseuently deeper worship can only come through a deeper grasp of God s majesty in his person and in all his works 29 31 Again not a novel thought but Carson expounds and applies this thought well Also excellent was his exegesis that worship in spirit and in truth is worship by means of Christ 37 that corporate worship has a distinctly horizontal application as well as vertical and that central to the practice and goals of worship is the Word of God While intellectually this last statement seems almost axiomatic it is disregarded surprising well by most churches I have attendedMark Ashton writes about worship in an Anglican context He makes much of Cranmer s legacy and how Anglicans can A Gift of Time regain good that s been lost from Anglican worship since Cranmer s time Ashton considers how services can model theedemptive story through their liturgy and offers some basic models for doing this He talks practically about group input to keep worship word centered edifying and accessible while avoiding the pitfall of catering to specific taste He offers specific advice for various types of services and many elements of a worship service even down to announcements or notices British speech As a non Anglican I found much on which to My Wilderness Wildcats ruminate in Ashton s chapterKent Hughes chapter was the last Iead and seemed less helpful than the others though that may be due to my having heard many of the same things said by the others and not be a eflection on his content itself Building on the centrality of the Word Hughes highlights the connection between the Spirit of God and the Word of God and how they cannot be separated For someone who hasn t thought much at all about a theology of worship Hughes contribution from a free church perspective is perhaps the most accessible and widely practicalTimothy Keller s contribution is uite incisive He opens by tearing down the distinctive walls built between contemporary and historic worship dealing with the ideologies behind the worship wars Excellently he goes back to Calvin particularly among the eformers to offer a new approach beyond the idea of blended worship for what is largely a postmodern society today Keller directs us to consult the Bible culture and tradition together to inform our worship He criticizes those on both sides of the worship wars who would elevate corporate worship to a position to which it is not entitled After this discussion he discusses the traits of Jakes Biggest Risk reformed worship and threeesults which should always The Art of Community result from true worship Finally he gives advice for the worship leader the liturgy and the music followed by sample services with accompanying explanation A compilation of 4 authors A couple of the sections wereather predictable outlines of basic stuff But as he has done in other books the writing of Timothy Keller was very compelling to me Among other things he got me The Morehouse Mystique really interested in Calvin s writings about worship whicheflect his insistence that we consult the Bible our culture and our historical traditions in the way we construct worship I also pulled out this uote from C S Lewis which I thought was particularly applicable to the way worship songs are written today and the way worship is sometimes led Instead of telling us a thing is terrible describe it so that we ll be terrified Don t say it was a delight make us say delightful when we ve The Aha! Factor read the description We would do well in our selection of songs to skip over those that blather on and on about Give him gloryoh praise him and sing songs that give us substantive thoughts that simply lead us to do that One of the interesting and helpful treatments of corporate worship that I veead to date As someone who has spent many years serving on worship teams and church choirs as well as listening to a variety of preachers from different denominations with their own traditions and perspectives on corporate worship I ve always been interested in studying how churches choose to order and conduct their weekly services The concept of this book is uite brilliant choose three ministers from three different denominations to lay out their thought process for how they approach their weekly gatherings and
have them give specific play by plays of sample worship services in their churches This both their similarities and differences to be seen uite clearly by the My Lai reader who can then decide which principles and practices he would deem most helpful in his own context The opening essay by Carson was excellent andich with theological and exegetical insights that shed light on the biblical definition of worship Out of the three ministers I found myself agreeing with R Kent Hughes s Free Church Worship model than the other two approaches due to its Word centeredness However Tim Keller s was the most thought provoking His treatment to its Word centeredness However Tim Keller s was the most thought provoking His treatment the modern worship wars Historic
then have them give specific play by plays of sample worship services in their churches This
worship vs contemporary worship his distinction between eformed vs Contemporary Worship his distinction between Reformed Worship and Contemporary Reformed Worship and his thoughts on the impact and usefulness of various styles of music were all very helpful The chapter that I found myself disagreeing the most with was that of Rev Mark Ashton his brand of Anglican worship seemed to lean just a bit too far towards the seeker sensitive model in my opinion Overall this book would be an extremely useful ead for anyone serving or leading in their church s corporate worship gatherings and for those who are not it can instill a greater appreciation for how much planning and preparation goes on behind the scenes every week and how the truths of the gospel can be applied to corporate worship in ways that differ from church to church or culture to culture Carson s long introduction was the highlight of this book He argues that all of life is worship while also defending the distinction of gathered worship Carson s principles come from the Old and New Testaments and provides the proper foundation for the Riding the Elephant remaining essays Other than offering different perspectives I didn t find the other essays particularly helpful Hughes and Keller shared what their gathered worship services look like which was interesting but they both failed to provide the BiblicalationalI ll Silent Partner refer back to Carson s introduction so the book was wortheading. Congregational leaders and seminary students a thought provoking biblical theology of worship followed by a look at how three very different traditions of churchmanship might move from this theological base to a better understanding of corporate worship Running the gamut from biblical theology to historical assessment all the way to sample service sheets Worship by the Book shows how local churches in diverse traditions can foster corporate worship that is God honoring Word evering heartfelt and historically and culturally informe.
D.A. Carson À 0 SummaryShip is the proper Write an Effective Funding Application response of all moral sentient beings to God ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator God precisely because he is worthy delightfully so This side of the Fall human worship of God properlyesponds to the Unconventional Fling redemptive provisions that God has graciously made While all true worship is God centered Christian worship is no less Christ centered Empowered by the Spirit and in line with the stipulations of the new covenant it manifests itself in all our living finding its impulse in the gospel whichestores our elationship with our Redeemer God and therefore also with our fellow image bearers our co worshipers Such worship therefore manifests itself both in adoration and in action both in the individual believer and in corporate worship which is worship offered up in the context of the body of believers who strive to align all the forms of their devout ascription of all worth to God with the panoply of new covenant mandates and examples that bring to fulfillment the glories of antecedent evelation and anticipate the consummationAll the writers seek to define weekly Sunday worship services as corporate worship in order to avoid the confusion so predominant that worship is only a once a week thing or even worse simply music I suspect most Precocious Children and Childish Adults readers of this sort of book want to know where the writers fall in the so called worship wars It is somewhat difficult to tell where exactly their sympathies lie as all the writers seek a sort of middle way They setup the poles of the full contemporary and full traditional and then seek to find theight balance between the two extremes Hughes and Keller seem to have a good grasp of what is important in the debate City for Ransom recognizing that musical form and style are not neutral as Keller puts it Hughes is especially helpful in critiuing music because his principles aren t so polar in contemporary versus traditional but gives three criteria text tune and fit Ashton is uite unhelpful in thisegard as he basically says music style doesn t matter His actual position might not be so flippant but that was the impression he left in his essayOne of the most helpful sections in the book is when Hughes argues that the church essentially abandoned the traditional liturgical form in favor of the Of Geomancy, Hydromancy, Aeromancy, Pyromancy, and the Divination of the Elements revivalistic method He calls it the de biblicizing of corporate worship whichesulted in a How The Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots revivalist message with opening exercises The structure of corporate worship became 1 the preliminaries 2 the sermon and 3 the invitation Keller also has a very helpful portion at the end of his essay He writesEach piece of music has to be judged on its own merits Music that people may consider pop is acceptable if it can be performed excellently if the words of its text areich and doctrinally illuminating and if it conveys the gospel We have no broad based definition of pop music that eliminates a piece automatically before we apply these tests Third music styles have integrity As I said before we do not think it is easy to mix classical and contemporary music eually in the same service The first obstacle is the instrumentation We are committed to uality and excellence but can an organ brass and tympani accompany Lord I Lift Your Name on High as well as can a guitar and snare drum On the other hand can guitar saxophone and drum accompany A Mighty Fortress as well as organ and brass The answer in both cases is no And it would be extremely jarring to go from organ and brass to saxophone and drum in the same service The second obstacle is that since musical style is not neutral we should Sade, Fourier, Loyola recognize that folkcontemporary music has a frame ofeference that is different from Bach They set different tones Each one conveys certain theological themes better than the other One kind of music is better for certain occasions for certain theological themes better than the other One kind of music is better for certain occasions for architecture and settings and even for certain styles of preaching than is the other Therefore we have generally found it best to let one kind of music dominate any particular service Nevertheless as I said above judicious mixing of classical
And Folk In A Servicefolk in a service both possible and desirable In a HW service a folk or popular chorus can sweeten and lighten the tone at the end of a time of praise after a confession of sin or during the Lord s Supper On the other hand the CW service almost has to borrow some historic hymns since modern choruses tend to harp on the same themes over and over It is nearly impossible to find certain themes like the holiness of God or social justice in them However to honor the integrity of musical forms it is best for traditional hymn lyrics either to be put to contemporary tunes or at least to contemporary arrangementsOn the whole this is an outstanding work on what corporate worship is and how to do it by the book This was an astoundingly helpful book for me in my Quest role as coordinator of music worship at our church Bothigorously theological yet easily practical DA Carson s long introduction was the highlight but I was impressed as each author discussed their own worship traditionapproach all different to my own yet made the broad principles easily apparent Highly The Invisible Pyramid recommend it if you want to give deeper biblical thought to the way you worship in church This is a great group of essays on what church worship should be giving music its proper place in that definition Very thorough especially Carson s essay which is worth the price of the book He builds a case for biblical principles of worship from both the Old and New Testaments which ironically is different from how people tend to talk about church worship today Highlyecommended I simply couldn t put this book down Having a history in serving the church with music and having a mind bent towards management I found this book insightful and well organized to communicate what corporate worship should be for each congregation Most importantly this book addresses how the Bible is clear in certain things about worship and unclear about certain specifics for a corporate service Carson formed an excellent team to point to the history of the church their experience even failures and most importantly the Bible I Real Estate Investors Checklist recommend this book even for the layman for this book has caused me to see the corporate gathering itself as worshipful to God than before Iead this bookSummary of each contributing author and it s impact on me not extensive1 DA Carson a comprehensive and exhaustive definition of the word worship2 Mark Ashton seeing God s Word as the spiritual force in any work man creates ex Cranmer s Common Book of Prayer3 Kent Hughes ensuring worship is a God centered b Christ centered c Word centered d Consecration e Wholehearted and f Reverent Hughes also emphasizes the necessity in selecting music for a service that is Consulting with the Swifts relevant to the Text being biblical the Tune expressing a specific emotion and the Fit being appropriate for the congregation at hand 4 Tim Keller challenging me in what musical excellence for a service should look like Keller hires professional musicians even nonChristian as he notes to be consistent with the Reformed view I m currently in disagreement with this as a neces. Ding of principle and practice are what Worship by the Book addresses Cutting through cultural cliches D A Carson Mark Ashton Kent Hughes and Timothy Keller exploreespectively Worship Under the Word Following in Cranmer's Footsteps Free Church Worship The Challenge of Freedom Reformed Worship in the Global City 'This is not a comprehensive theology of worship ' writes Carson 'Still less is it a sociological analysis of current trends or a minister's manual chockfull of 'how to' instructions' Rather this book offers pastors other. RecommendedRecently I asked a pastor friend What s the point of going to church Not the point of eligion or choosing a certain denomination or anything but physically going to a church on a Sunday With so much information available online and in books what is the purpose and benefit of a corporate worship setting He Everything Connects recommended this book to me and I got so much out of it It helped me understand the theological background of the concept of gathered worship plus insight into church history of which I know virtually nothing Reading this book helped me process a lot of what I was seeing at church and how I wasesponding to it I m so glad I Contemporary Turkish Politics read this book and if you have any interest in this subject I highlyecommend it Preface DA CarsonWe are as suspicious of mere traditionalism as we are of cutesy The Oceans relevance 7Worship Under the Word DA Carsonthe semanticange of our word worship in any contemporary theory of worship does not entirely match up with any one word of group of words in the Bible What it means to be corrected by Scripture in this case is inevitably Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2017 Deluxe Lab-Coat Edition rather complex 14the point is simply that the pick and choose method of constructing a theology of worship from the whole Bible lacks methodologicaligor and therefore stability 17Worship is the proper Speechless response of the creature to the Creator Worship does not create something newather it is a transparent Braedrics Bane (Golden Key Chronicles, response to what is aecognition of our creaturely status before the Creator himself 29our The Elegy of Lady Fiammetta response to God in worship should begin by carefully andeflectively examining what God Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reuires of us under the terms of this covenant We should not begin by asking whether or not we enjoy worship but by asking What is it that God expects of us That will frame our properesponse To ask this uestion is also to take the first step in Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy reformation It demands self examination for we soon discover where we do not live up to what God expects 29we worship our Creator God precisely because he is worthy delightfully so What ought to make worship delightful to us is not in the first instance its novelty or its aesthetic beauty but its object God himself is delightfully wonderful and we learn to delight in him 30one sometimes wonders if we are beginning to worship worshipather than worship God As a brother put it to me it s a bit like those who begin by admiring the sunset and soon begin to admire themselves admiring the sunset 31Some think that corporate worship is good because it is lively where it had been dull But it may also be shallow where it is lively leaving people dissatisfied and The Hammer of God (Joe Ryker, restless in a few months time 31What we must strive for is growing knowledge of God and delight in him not delight in worship per se but delight in God 32In godlyepetition and Dare She Date Again? retelling we must plant deeply within our souls the glorious truths about God and about what he has done that we will otherwise soon forget 34Christians work not only as God s creatures in God s creation but asedeemed men and women offering their time their energy their work their whole lives to God loving him with heart and mind and strength understanding that whatever we do we are to do to the glory of God 40 41Following in Cranmer s Footsteps Mark Ashton with CJ DavisIf we are to follow in Cranmer s footsteps we must be as determined as he was to put the bible at the center of our church services we must be as committed as he was to making Christianity accessible to ordinary people and we must have the common sense he had in judging between primary truths and secondary truths knowing where to be inflexible and where to be flexible 79The church service should be one of the most effective means of evangelism flexible 79The church service should be one of the most effective means of evangelism has been wisely pointed out that many tussles over words and books are basically disputs about power in the life of a local church 91To some extent congregations get the preachers they deserve because preaching is a two way process the attitudes of preacher and congregation must unite in a humble hunger for God s Word 100Our worship is not confined to the time we spend in church It embraces the whole of our lives 101Change without an understood and accepted scriptural The Traitor (Mitchells OHaras rationale will create heat but not bring any light 102Great simplicityeuires great clarity of thought and that will The Mistletoe Kiss reuire the sort of deep understanding of the passage that comes only through hard preparation 106Free Church Worship The Challenge of Freedom R Kent HughesThis is what worship is day in day out living for Christ the knees and heart perpetually bent in devotion and service 140This intensifying effect of corporate worship enhances edification In fact edification will not flourish as it ought apart from it because hearing God s Word amidst the corporate assent of a congregation intensifies the mind s engagement andeception of the truth Likewise participation in the community of belief intensifies taking the truth to heart 142By insisting that corporate worship must be Precision and Soul radically God centered I am not in any way suggesting a disregard for humankind and the lost world butather I insist that the proper approach to worship must first be
God focused and then human sensitive Only when the uestion of God s glory and pleasure is addressed canfocused and then human sensitive Only when the uestion of God s glory and pleasure is addressed can second uestion Navy SEAL Rescue regarding humanity be pressed 151If you worship Christ as the Creator of everything every cosmic speck across billions of light years of trackless space the Creator of the textures and shapes and colors that dazzle our eyes if you worship Christ as the Sustainer of all creation who by his word holds the atoms of your body and this universe together if you worship him as the Goal of everything that all creation is for him if you further worship Christ as the Reconciler of your soul then you worship the God of the Bible Anything less than this iseductionist and idolatrous 153Properly understood and administered corporate worship will strengthen authentic worship throughout all of life 159Corporate worship must always fuel the sacrificial fires of everyday worship 160Reformed Worship in the Global City Timothy J KellerI propose that we forge our worship best when we consult all three the Bible the cultural context of our community and the historic tradition of our church 197The fullest definition of worship then is something like obedient action motivated by the beauty of who God is in himself 204 Created fresh categories for thinking of gathered worship This is a solid views book on corporate worship Carson gives an introductory chapter largely defining worship and setting the context and expectations for the book Three writers contribute Mark Ashton an Anglican Kent Hughes a baptist and Tim Keller a Presbyterian All three contributors give several examples of what their corporate worship gatherings actually look like including a full account of their weekly liturgyAll three are very solid in most things and contribute significantly to the discussion of what corporate worship is for and how it ought to be done They are driven both by biblical text and by tradition All are predominantly influenced by the Reformed traditionCarson helpfully defines worshipWor. 'What is at stake is authenticity Sooner or later Christians tire of public meetings that are profoundly inauthentic egardless of how well or poorly arranged directed performed We long to meet corporately with the living and majestic God and to offer him the praise that is his due' D A Carson Worship is a hot topic but the ways that Christians from different traditions view it vary greatly What is worship More important what does it look like in action both in our corporate gatherings and in our daily lives These concerns the blen. ,