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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801064686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801064685
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Rev. Michael S. Horton (Ph.D.) is president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and editor of Modern Reformation magazine. A minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA), Horton lives in Escondido, California.

About the Author

The Rev. Michael S. Horton (Ph.D.) is president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and editor of Modern Reformation magazine. A minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America (U.R.C.N.A.), Horton lives in Escondido, California.

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Michael S. Horton

White Horse Inn, President
White Horse Inn Radio Show, Co-Host
Editor-in-Chief, Modern Reformation Magazine
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California

B.A., Biola University; M.A., Westminster Seminary California; Ph.D., University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Michael Horton is the president of White Horse Inn, a multi-media catalyst for Reformation. He is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine (www.modernreformation.org) and co-host of the nationally syndicated White Horse Inn radio broadcast (www.whitehorseinn.org). Michael Horton is also the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. Before coming to WSC, Michael Horton completed a Research Fellowship at Yale University Divinity School. A member of various societies, including the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society, Michael Horton is the author/editor of twenty books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics published by Westminster John Knox, whose final volume (_People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology_) was published in 2008 which won the 2008 Christianity Today Book of the Year award in Theology.

His most recent books are _The Gospel-Driven Life_, _Christless Christianity_ and _People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology_. He has written articles for _Modern Reformation_, _Pro Ecclesia_, _Christianity Today_, _The International Journal of Systematic Theology_, _Touchstone_, and _Books and Culture_.

Michael Horton is associate pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California, and lives in Escondido, with his wife, Lisa, and four children.

Customer Reviews

Overall, I thought this was an excellent book and heartily recommend it!
Paul Kurtz
Thus the author makes a solid case that Worship must have God as the center for correct expressed devotion utilizing His liturgical priorities revealed in the bible.
Mike Robinson
The book of Hebrews explains the coming from the old covenant to the new.
Philip S Roeda

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A Better Way: Rediscovering The Drama Of God-Centered Worship by Rev. Michael Horton (Associate Professor, Westminister Theological Seminary, California) is a clear and careful examination of the Christian worship of God. Individual chapters address the Biblical passages that form the source of Christian worship, and the importance of putting God and Jesus Christ foremost. Specially written for those who keep the faith, as well as for pastors and worship leaders, A Better Way is strongly recommended as a profound, life-changing book about what it truly means to express one's reverence with a Christian context of scripture and tradition.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By C. W. on September 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Overall Dr. Horton's book is excellent, particularly chapters 4 and 5. He does a tremendous job of locating the constitution of worship in Scripture and of addressing the narcissism so unfortunately prevalent in the church today.

I did find his virtual assault in chapter 2 on believers experiencing God somewhat overdone. Granted, there is far too much seeking of the experience in the church today, but that does not and should not be taken to mean that a believer cannot have some kind of experiential reality of God. Further his observations in this area seem to neglect passages like Psalm 27.7-9. And his discounting of believers seeing God at work in the present "The world is shot through with divinity and nearly everything and every experience is an opportunity to touch and see God's face" (pg. 39) seems to emphasise God's transcendence at the expense of His immanence, the latter of which is also confirmed by Scripture, e.g., Psalm 19, 50.6, Romans 1.20, etc. The overall thrust of this chapter suggests that it is impossible for a believer with, for lack of a better phrase, their theology straight, who is seeking God in accordance with His word, to witness God in His creation, which again seems to me to contradict Scripture. It is true that these experiences are not means of saving grace as defined in Scripture, nor should they be mistaken for or sought as ends themselves, but that does not - when they are truly of God - diminish their reality or significance in the life of the believer.

Insofar as the reference to ministers being formally sent or approved by an ecclesiastical body, "And, by the way, Paul clearly understood 'sent' to mean sent by the church through its appointed officers, as his insistence on the laying on of hands reminds us" (pg.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on June 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In this day and age, all you have to do is shop around and you can probably find the church that has a worship style of your choice. In some ways, this might be good, but it does cause some bitter division in churches that have not settled on the style that "works" for them.
Is this the right way for it to be? Has the purpose of worship gotten lost somewhere between the traditions and the new ways? Where is God in all this, in other words.
The author, one of the members of the popular White Horse Inn radio show that examines Reformed theology for the edification and equipment of the believers, realizes that worship is one of the primary functions of those God has called to Himself. Using Biblical illustration, he teaches readers what worship was meant to be, and also provides some useful material that brings aspects of the Bible to a new light and helps some parts that have not quite made sense a bit more comprehensible.
***** The man to whom the book is dedicated, James M. Boice, would be proud if he could read this educational and informative text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on May 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
If one wants to find a calendar that begins each week with Sunday, not Monday, your search grows ever more difficult as more and more calendars begin their week with Monday. Yes, the Western world attempts to avoid Christian truth as it embraces a secular way and worldview; yet this is not a godly way forasmuch as it's anti-biblical. And regarding a more important issue than calendars, the book "A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship," Michael Horton reveals that the better way to practice proper worship is to affirm and embrace the biblical structure and goals of worship. Dr. Horton presents his potent treatise in a very useable and readable format (his usual writing approach).

This impressive volume is endorsed by:

- J.I. Packer
- Robert Webber
- Marva Dawn
- And dedicated to the late Dr. James Boice.

Dr. Michael Horton (Westminster Seminary: Apologetics and editor of Modern Reformation magazine) presses the truth that the Lord Jesus is the fulfillment of the Redemptive Historical revelation in the Tenach and that without Christ, His person and His atoning work, the Old Testament is meaningless and incongruous. The truth of the Son of God coming to redeem His people, He died on the Cross and rose again, is the primary ground and the motivation for Christians to offer worship to God.

John 4:23-24 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
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