Putting An End to Worship Wars
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You can become the peacemaker in the worship wars. Disagreements over worship style are increasingly common in today's churches. Some congregations find themselves torn apart; at others, confrontations simmer just below the surface. This book gives you the ammunition you need to make peace among warring factions and promote healing within the church. Focusing on American worship styles of the late 1990s, this book describes objective criteria for appropriate worship, based on long-standing traditions, contemporary needs and expectations, and the natural differences among Christians' perception of their relationship with God. PUTTING AN END TO WORSHIP WARS will help you identify points of agreement between opposing sides, encourage members of one camp to respect the views of the other, and remind everyone of the biblical mandates for forgiveness, compassion, and understanding that should accompany every act of worship, electric guitars or not.
There are numerous approaches to worship, all biblically and culturally appropriate. The result is that everyone gains are new appreciation for differing styles within a context of courtesy and selflessness.
Elmer L. Towns (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty's existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.
Towns has published over a hundred books including My Father's Names; 10 Sunday Schools That Dared to Change; 10 of Today's Most Innovative Churches; Towns' Sunday School Encyclopedia and the Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Christian Booksellers Association for writing the Book of the Year, The Names of the Holy Spirit. The multi-volume Praying through..... series has been received by a wide readership.
Koorong -Editorial Review.