Discerning the Spirits (Calvin Institute Of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series)
Christian worship in North America has undergone great change in recent years. But change always brings uncertainty — at times even division — about what constitutes "authentic worship." This important book reviews a wide variety of current perspectives and offers...
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Christian worship in North America has undergone great change in recent years. But change always brings uncertainty — at times even division — about what constitutes "authentic worship." This important book reviews a wide variety of current perspectives and offers a fresh outlook on the contemporary practice of Christian worship.
In order to provide the widest, most insightful discussion on present-day worship practices yet assembled, the authors gathered a team of church musicians, ministers, worship leaders, and educators from eight church traditions. Discerning the Spirits is the fruit of their work. Shaped by the wisdom of men and women like Marva Dawn, Justo Gonzalez, C. Michael Hawn, and John Witvliet, this book broadens today's "worship wars" into a bigger, richer discussion that moves from arguments over musical tastes to good thinking about the overall purpose of worship in relation to church life and God himself. Sidebar articles and quotes are meant to draw readers and study groups into dialogue on these issues.
Whether one plays a leadership role in church worship or is simply grappling with questions about it, Discerning the Spirits is a must-read.
Sue Rozeboom, was formerly Associate to the Dean of the Chapel at Calvin Theological Seminary, and is currently a PhD student in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame. She has co-authored a book on worship Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking about Christian Worship Today.
Cornelius Plantinga Jnr (Ph.D., magna cum laude, Princeton Theological Seminary) is President of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The author of five books and co-editor of two, he serves on the editorial board of Books & Culture, and his many articles and essays have appeared in such periodicals as Theology Today, First Things, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and The Christian Century. His 1995 book on sin, Not the Way It's Supposed to Be, won the Christianity Today's 1996 Book of the Year award. His other books include Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking About Christian Worship and Engaging God's World: A Christian vision of faith, learning and living.