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Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship Paperback – April 1, 2001
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"Pastors and congregations alike will profit greatly from a book so clearly written, so well thought through, so faithfully conceived." -- William H. Willimon, Professor of Christian Ministry, Duke University
"Thomas Long is eminently wise and acutely discerning! He calls us to genuine hospitality, gripping drama, festive creativity, and mission." -- Marva J. Dawn
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In the end, Long makes the case for something called "Blended Worship", but you'll have to buy the book to find out what this is.
My only criticism of the book is I wish he would have explored reforming traditional worship more than he did. This might be more palatable to some (like us change resistant "frozen chosen" Presbyterians) who do not want to see centuries of worship refinement thrown out the window just to please GenX seekers (and their seeming inability to make a commitment).
I highly recommend reading Marva Dawn's "Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down" first, which gives more cultural background of how we got into this mess (though it is somewhat dated, as it talks more about Boomers than GenX), then Long's book which is more solution oriented than Dawn's.
The author, Tom Long, approaches the issue of worship wars from a very traditional perspective. He identifies what the goals of worship are and proceeds to examine these goals from the point of view of the received tradition and from the "Willow Creek" point of view. He points out the weaknesses of both and then tries to find a "middle ground". I expected the middle ground to be some variant on blended worship. That's not exactly what it is. Instead, it ideals with how to be a more effective worship leader. It should be noted in this context "worship leader" does not imply the song leader but the person who is responsible for leading the worship. This includes the responsibility of leading others to do their part in worship.
On reading this, the answers presented should be fairly obvious to anyone who has really thought about them but all too often they are not. The book forces the reader to think more deeply. That is its strength. Unfortunately, to implement it will also require work and effort.
I do not agree with each conclusion but there is much to think about.
This book has been helpful, challenging and I can't seem to put it down.
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needful and useful for churches struggling with changing worshipPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am enjoying the book. It is required reading for the class that I am taking. It arrived in good shape.Published on February 20, 2013 by Kathy S Barrett
author's insight is very prophetic.
This book reminds me how worship works on our daily life and how people think about worship.