To-Day's Issues: Reforming Our Worship Music
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About "To-Day's Issues: Reforming Our Worship Music"
Culture-watcher Allan Bloom has said that in today's world almost nothing matters as much as music. What is true for our culture is also true for the church. Twenty years ago, musical style within a worship service was not an issue; there was one style and therefore no debate! Now congregations are deeply divided over whether a " traditional" or a more " contemporary" approach is right. And yet, Christians on both sides of the issue truly love the Lord and want to see people come to Christ. So how does a church, or any member of a congregation, resolve this? Though the Bible offers little specific instruction, it presents several examples and principles to guide Christians in establishing a biblical approach to worship music. Leonard Payton reviews some of these and gives an overview of the historical course of worship music. He then concludes with eight ideas for making music in the church meaningful and God-centered, so that the music wars may end and Christians may beunified in,their praise and worship.