Saturday, February 14, 2009

In Store Now - Perspectives on Christian Worship: 5 Views

B&H Publishing have come out with another in their "Perspectives" Series. This one is on five different views of Christian worship (the cover pictured here is the actual cover). Timothy C. J. Quill, associate professor or Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary writes on liturgical worship. Ligon Duncan, senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi writes about traditional evangelical worship. Dan Wilt, director of the Institute of Contemporary and Emerging Worship Studies at St. Stephen's University in St. Stephen, New Brunswick writes about contemporary worship. Michael Lawrence and Mark Dever, associate and senior pastors respectively at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., write on blended worship. Dan Kimball, pastor of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California writes on emerging worship. I really like these books that present various viewpoints from people who genuinely hold the perspective and then allow for a response. The other major series like this is the Counterpoints series from Zondervan. The difference I've found between the two series is this. The former tends to have longer articles with shorter responses while the latter tend to have shorter articles but longer responses. This new entry on Christian worship is no exception. For example, the first essay by Quill on liturgical worship is over 60 pages and the response is 17 pages from all four respondents (Duncan's response is barely three full pages). But Duncan's essay is just over 20 pages with 18 pages of response (so my observation is only a general one and has some exceptions). The book is 360 pages and includes name, subject and scripture indexes which are very helpful. Pastors and worship leaders will benefit from this dialogue and will be helped to hone their own ideas on worship.

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