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How Then Shall We Worship? by R. C. Sproul


How Then Shall We Worship?: Biblical Principles to Guide Us Today, by R. C. Sproul. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2013. Pastor, teacher, and speaker R. C. Sproul is well known in evangelical circles. Many churches have used his books for Sunday school curricula and small group discussions, such as his classic text The Holiness of God (Tyndale House

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Doxology and Theology edited by Matt Boswell


Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader, ed. by Matt Boswell. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2013. 223 pp. $14.99. Growing out of a conference by the same name, Doxology and Theology presents the belief of editor Matt Boswell and contributing authors that “theology is not just for the academics—it is for every Christian, especially worship leaders” (2–3).

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Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven by Rory Noland


Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven: Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline, by Rory Noland. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. 240 pp. $16.99. Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven is one of a series of books by Rory Noland, a graduate of Chicago Musical College who served as music director at Willow Creek Community Church for twenty

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The Dangerous Act of Worship by Mark Labberton


The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice, by Mark Labberton. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007. 200 pp. $15.00. Encountering God in true worship will propel us into a life involved in the ministry of social justice. So argues Mark Labberton, currently a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and previously senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of

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Scott Aniol speaks on missional worship in SWBTS Worship Colloquium

Dr. Scott Aniol spoke recently to the doctoral students in the School of Church Music on an assessment of the Misional Church Movement’s Impact upon Evangelical Worship Philosophy and Practice. Many models for church strategy have come and gone in recent years.  There was the church growth movement which sought to attract members through polished programs and friendly, warm atmospheres.  There

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Worship in Song by Scott Aniol


Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, by Scott Aniol. Winona Lake, IL: BMH Books, 2009. Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, published by Scott Aniol in 2009, marks the advent of still another work in the conflicting genre of books on music and church. Aniol acknowledges the crowdedness of the field and

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The significance of worship for the Great Commission


The Lord Jesus Christ gave the church its commission before he ascended to his Father: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end

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Resources for teaching worship

In light of John Simons’ post about teaching worship, I wanted to highlight a few resources that might be helpful for a pastor or ministry of music who wishes to follow his advice.

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Worship: Teach it!

T. David Gordon, author of Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns and Why Johnny Can’t Preach, visited Southwestern Seminary to interact with doctoral students in the School of Church Music and give a presentation on media ecology.  At breakfast the morning of his workshop, Gordon turned to me and said, “In today’s church, if you do not teach it then it

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Lip-syncing worship


The blogsphere (and twitterverse!) were all abuzz last week with the news that Beyoncé lip-synched the Star Spangled Banner at the Presidential Inauguration. What appeared to be a heartfelt performance now met with criticism.

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