Carson formed an excellent team to point to the history of the church, their experience - even failures, and most importantly the Bible. I recommend this book even for the layman, for this book has caused me to see the corporate gathering itself as more worshipful to God than before I read this book. Summary of each contributing author and it's impact on me - not extensive: Carson - a comprehensive and exhaustive definition of the word "worship" 2 Mark Ashton - seeing God's Word as the spiritual force in any work man creates ex: Hughes also emphasizes the necessity in selecting music for a service that is relevant to the Text being biblical, the Tune expressing a specific emotion, and the Fit being appropriate for the congregation at hand.
Keller hires professional musicians even nonChristian as he notes to be consistent with the Reformed view. I'm currently in disagreement with this as a necessity for a service, but I will continue to look into this aspect over time. Oct 30, John rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a solid "views" book on corporate worship. Carson gives an introductory chapter, largely defining "worship" and setting the context and expectations for the book. All three contributors give several examples of what their corporate worship gatherings actually look like including a full account of their weekly liturgy.
All three are very solid in most things and contribute significan This is a solid "views" book on corporate worship. All three are very solid in most things and contribute significantly to the discussion of what corporate worship is for and how it ought to be done. They are driven both by biblical text and by tradition. All are predominantly influenced by the Reformed tradition.
Carson helpfully defines worship: This side of the Fall, human worship of God properly responds to the redemptive provisions that God has graciously made. While all true worship is God-centered, Christian worship is no less Christ-centered.
Empowered by the Spirit and in line with the stipulations of the new covenant, it manifests itself in all our living, finding its impulse in the gospel, which restores our relationship with our Redeemer-God and therefore also with our fellow image-bearers, our co-worshipers. Such worship therefore manifests itself both in adoration and in action, both in the individual believer and in corporate worship, which is worship offered up in the context of the body of believers, who strive to align all the forms of their devout ascription of all worth to God with the panoply of new covenant mandates and examples that bring to fulfillment the glories of antecedent revelation and anticipate the consummation.
I suspect most readers of this sort of book want to know where the writers fall in the so-called "worship wars.
Hughes and Keller seem to have a good grasp of what is important in the debate, recognizing that "musical form and style are not neutral" as Keller puts it. Hughes is especially helpful in critiquing music because his principles aren't so polar in "contemporary" versus "traditional" but gives three criteria, "text, tune, and fit.
His actual position might not be so flippant, but that was the impression he left in his essay. One of the most helpful sections in the book is when Hughes argues that the church essentially abandoned the traditional liturgical form in favor of the revivalistic method. Third, music styles have integrity. As I said before, we do not think it is easy to mix classical and contemporary music equally in the same service. The first obstacle is the instrumentation. The answer in both cases is no. And it would be extremely jarring to go from organ-and-brass to saxophone-and-drum in the same service.
They set different tones. Each one conveys certain theological themes better than the other. One kind of music is better for certain occasions, for certain architecture and settings, and even for certain styles of preaching than is the other.
Therefore, we have generally found it best to let one kind of music dominate any particular service. Nevertheless, as I said above, judicious mixing of classical and folk in a service is both possible and desirable. On the other hand, the CW service almost has to borrow some historic hymns, since modern choruses tend to harp on the same themes over and over. It is nearly impossible to find certain themes, like the holiness of God or social justice, in them. However, to honor the integrity of musical forms, it is best for traditional hymn lyrics either to be put to contemporary tunes or at least to contemporary arrangements.
Carson's long introduction was the highlight of this book. He argues that all of life is worship, while also defending the distinction of "gathered worship". Carson's principles come from the Old and New Testaments and provides the proper foundation for the remaining essays. Other than offering different perspectives, I didn't find the other essays particularly helpful. Hughes and Keller shared what their gathered worship services look like, which was interesting, but they both failed to provide Carson's long introduction was the highlight of this book.
Hughes and Keller shared what their gathered worship services look like, which was interesting, but they both failed to provide the Biblical rational. I'll refer back to Carson's introduction, so the book was worth reading. Sep 21, Kenny Wells rated it it was amazing. This book is extremely helpful on a biblical, theological and practical level. If you are interested in the topic of worship, lead worship at a local church, or simply want to understand what biblical worship is and various forms of practice in the modern church, you will benefit from this book.
Carson's introductory essay is worth the price of the book! Mar 08, Olanma Ogbuehi rated it liked it. I particularly enjoyed the first chapter "Worship under the Word" by Don Carson. Carson is always thoughtful and Biblical, reasoning well, to cause us to question our assumptions about the meaning of "worship" and think about whom and how we worship.
The subsequent chapters provided useful insights into how others have thought this through and practically applied it to their own church contexts. It does seem to come from a a broadly Reformed Calvinistic Evangelical perspective. Given this caveat, I think the book could have been enriched by perhaps a focus on a wider perspective of traditions within a Bible believing Christian church. However, what was helpful about this is that some of the historical aspects of using a liturgy, or something like the Book or Common Prayer, were explored. Musical content and style were also explored evenhandedly.
I suppose this book would have quite a centrist position in a sense that it does not argue for the exclusive use of a specific creeds, prayer books and musical styles, nor does it argue the need to radically modernise and reform all historical forms of liturgy, and music styles. I suppose I was perhaps looking for more theological understanding behind "worship" than the book provided overall.
Understandably, this would require a longer, more in-depth book and perhaps more serious, intentional and prolonged study into the meaning and purpose and expression of worship in the body of Christ. I was sometimes surprised at the amount of pragmatism that was involved in some of the rationale given by the ministers for certain practices such as Tim Keller's employment of non-Christian musicians.
Whilst there was some merit in his argument that church is a place where we should expect and encourage the participation of non-believers, it is my understanding that their participation is to hear the preaching of law and gospel, to come to the knowledge of God. But even if they are excellent musicians and singers, I just don't comprehend how they can be participating in Christian worship in any meaningful sense.
If people are so put off by the lack of polish in the musicianship of ordinary Christians, then perhaps this says something about idolatry in their hearts, which is something that is a major concern for Keller. It is a worthwhile read and its many useful footnotes, have given me the desire to study further other writings present and past about the important subject of Christian worship.
May 30, Markevans rated it really liked it. This book is an excellent look at three different traditions and how they "do" corporate worship - Anglican Ashton , Baptist Hughes , and Presbyterian Keller. The book is saturated in Reformed theology worked out in different expressions. Don Carson's introductory chapter was a very good discussion on the relationship between all-of-life-worship and the gathered, corporate worship "service. I loved Tim Keller's article the most and thought he had the most helpful assessment of the worship wars and the need for a worship service that holds in tension the desire to be scriptural, traditional, and culturally aware.
I thought Kent Hughes' article was great too and it was great in the way it set out some biblical priorities in worship. I identify most with his worship tradition - the free church. I disagreed with Hughes, however, when he wrote that worship music is primarily to serve the "word" or the sermon - I actually think that the declarative nature of singing to one another has a hortatory role just like the sermon - I think good music should preach and good preaching should sing. Mark Ashton, the Anglican, also did a great job of representing the original intention of Cranmer's liturgy; namely, that the set forms in the Book of Common Prayer were originally supposed to breathe life and purpose into worship and were never to be used in service of a dry, sterile traditionalism.
This is a great book. Carson kicks off the book with a biblical theology of worship. And then the three contributors show how this theology more or less plays itself out in their respective traditions. It was a helpful introduction for me to "high church" liturgical practices and their biblical rationale. And I enjoyed that they included examples of their liturgies toward the end of the book. You can find my review of it here: Worship in the Church My copy is on my Kindle, and I'm not sure how to loan or give that. But if you know how to do that and can show me, you're welcome to have my ebook.
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I'll get a little cut of the profit and it won't cost you anything extra. Worship by the Book Jan 07, John Brackbill rated it liked it Shelves: Carson's opening essay is gold as he defines worship. I especially was appreciative of his careful defense of "all of life worship" as well as "gathered worship. The first illustration was from Anglicanism. I found its representative extremely pragmatic in an unbiblical way.
The Carson's opening essay is gold as he defines worship. As normal Keller's writing was engaging, carefully thought out, helpful, but also a mixed bag. The discussion on why a church ought to have unsaved musicians simply astounds me. I did not find the examples of services that were given from each tradition a very helpful aspect of the book. Keller whose church music is certainly broad argues that music is not neutral.
I came away from the book especially thankful for the Carson and Kent Hughes articles, helped by Keller's, and profited by the whole book in that it made me think through my own practice with respect to gathered worship. Jan 28, Shaun Lee rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Having grown up in a charismatic tradition and having recently discovered the whole new world yes reference to Aladdin of reformed theology, I was so very enriched to learn of carefully thought through worship service sequences. Carson's excellent opening chapter on "worship under the word" sometimes were beyond my understanding, but it is going to be something i will refer to, time and time again, so to better catch a glimpse of how worship could be I thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Carson's excellent opening chapter on "worship under the word" sometimes were beyond my understanding, but it is going to be something i will refer to, time and time again, so to better catch a glimpse of how worship could be like before we pass into eternity. When I have to do spring cleaning of my books, this is definitely one that I will keep for a long time. A absolutely helpful resource, especially for decision makers in churches, both old established ones and new church-plants.
Jan 24, Luke Miller rated it really liked it Shelves: Considers corporate worship [music, preaching, prayer, etc. Includes broader biblical philosophy and practical sample services. Really challenged by Keller's and really Calvin's pattern of using the gospel to shape the rhythm and flow of the service. He does this through three cycles - praise, renewal, and commitment. If nothing else, this book will challenge you to be deliberate in the way you structure your Considers corporate worship [music, preaching, prayer, etc. If nothing else, this book will challenge you to be deliberate in the way you structure your services and biblical in the way you set the content for your services.
Also read in June of Apr 27, Clayton Hutchins rated it really liked it Shelves: Carson's chapter was really helpful as to a general definition and biblical-theological understanding of worship. He gets a lot done in a small amount of space. How couldn't that be interesting? And they all share detailed service outlines. A very good introduction to differ Carson's chapter was really helpful as to a general definition and biblical-theological understanding of worship.
A very good introduction to different approaches to corporate worship within the Reformed tradition though there is much agreement between them as well. Oct 31, Jeremy rated it liked it Shelves: I appreciated sections two and three the most which covered the Anglican and Free Church models, presumably because I have had little exposure to these traditions. Apr 23, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: While the Bible has much to say about the importance and need for worship, nowhere does it give us an outline for our to structure our services to maximize God's glory and the congregation's participation.
This helpful resource gives sound wisdom, counsel, and advice from three men from the Reformed traditional who have thought deeply about the implications for how to structure their services. This is full of deep theological thinking about worship, as well as practical ad An excellent resource. This is full of deep theological thinking about worship, as well as practical advice and outlines for how to structure a service. There were some great points in all four sections.
The Anglican section was the most unexpected portion, since I am largely unfamiliar with Anglican worship in general, particularly in the Reformed, evangelical wing. I found the author's conclusions and example liturgies somewhat out-of-keeping with the author's conservative stance. As everyone else has said, Keller's section is fantastic and makes a great case for the beauty and biblicity of Calvinian-style corporate worship.
Enjoyed reading this book! Carson's explanation on a theology of worship is reason enough to purchase this book. Building on his definition, this book allows the reader an opportunity to see how different protestant traditions worship corporately. Whatever traditional background you come from, this book is very beneficial to our understanding of worship, corporate worship gatherings, and music in the church. Oct 20, Jon Pentecost rated it really liked it Shelves: Carson and Ashton's chapters are superb.
Despite coming from a tradition that seems far removed from mainline evangelicalism, I suspect the bulk of believers with agree with most of what he writes, at least until the final paragraphs where he writes about infant baptism and presumptive regeneration. I was a little bit concerned about a vague, underlying spirit of pragmatism that seemed to lie under the surface of some of what he wrote. Within the sample services, for example, is an outline of a guest service in which they have dumbed-down their Bible translation, opting for the Good News Bible in place of the New International Version.
Worship by the Book [R. Kent Hughes, Timothy J. Keller, Mark Ashton, D. A. Carson] on linawycatuzy.gq *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “What is at stake is. Worship by the Book will be a dog-eared and threadbare favorite of any pastor serious about planning his church's corporate gatherings with deep theological.
Despite this, there was much within his essay that was of practical value. I especially appreciated his emphasis on reverence, as this is sorely-lacking in many contemporary churches. He closed with some useful thoughts on music in corporate worship. His essay was built around an examination and defense of the Reformed worship tradition. He examined its variety, sources, balance, core, traits and tests.
I particularly enjoyed his explanation of the service structure at their church and the cycles of praise, renewal and commitment. While it was generally a strong essay, it seemed to come apart a little at the end. The sobering fact is that over time the congregation tends to become like those who lead. Despite a few small missteps, I found this book fascinating and convicting. I would encourage any pastor or worship leader to buy this book and to read it through at least a couple of times.
It will provide valuable insight into planning worship services that will lead believers into a time of worship that goes far beyond the music. Worship like these men describe is becoming increasingly rare. I hope this volume can help many churches recover worship that is done by the Book.
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