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The wide spectrum of voices heard in this book come together to give an engaging and thorough look at the high calling the worship leader has in the local church. It expertly captures the marriage of passion and purpose, Christ-centeredness and mission, and spirit and truth to which the Scripture calls all worshippers of God. 
 
Matt Carter
Pastor of Teaching & Vision, Austin Stone
 
"We need godly, deep, thoughtful worship leaders who take their leadership seriously.  This book gives current and aspiring worship leaders challenging, but practical advice on how to lead the people of God to the throne of God."
 
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Matt Boswell is the worship pastor at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. His passion is to see the church engaged in worship that is gospel-centered. He and his wife have three children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433679728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433679728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've had the challenging & humbling honor of leading the music ministry at my local church for the past two years (as of July 6th, 2014), so I'm very grateful for this book! Not only do I believe this book will benefit "worship leaders," but I also believe it will benefit every Christian in many ways, such as by instructing them on the relation between doxology and theology (this truly is an important relationship for Christians to understand).

I love that many authors/worship leaders have contributed to this book. Because of this, some chapters are a bit more technical than others, yet each is full of biblical truth and guidance that I believe every worship leader will do well to heed (although I'm not fully convinced of the argumentation in chapter 2. I need to search the Scriptures more in that regard).

As one who majored in the Biblical Languages in college, I noticed two minor errors regarding references to the Hebrew language:

1) In chapter 3, page 49 (kindle location 638 of 2502), Michael Bleecker claims that the word Hallelujah "is a word that translates to a joyous praise of boasting in the Lord." I'm very curious where he's getting this idea from. Truly, modern day people often use it this way, but is this how it was used in Scripture? If what Bleecker says is true, I believe he should have also explained the way Hallelujah is used all throughout Scripture. Hallelujah is literally a *command* to praise Yahweh; it is a command that one person gives to one's own self or to another. This is vastly different than a "joyous praise of boasting." Hallelu is the command praise(!), and Jah (or better yet Yah) is an abbreviated form of Yahweh.
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The authors offer a united view of worship yet deal with it in an appropriately broad way. I found several chapters to be exceptionally helpful. I recommend this to every 'chief musician' in the church.

To God be all glory... As you lead us in worship of Him.
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This book is exactly what the subtitle suggests: it is how the Gospel shapes the worship pastor. All of the subject matter in this book has been helpful, particularly the varying opinions and views represented: men from Presbyterian, non-denominational and Baptist backgrounds that have been shepherding their people with a Gospel focus. Yet each one explains one of the ways in which the Gospel may be applied in corporate worship ministry.

I am grateful for this book because it has reminded me that Christ's life, death, burial and resurrection affects every part of ministry. It ought to push pastors to ask "What is this teaching the people about the Gospel?" As well as "What does my conduct and the way that I approach this ministry tell people about the Gospel?"

Challenging, Convicting and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I recommend this to people of all different backgrounds. Everyone who's focus is already Gospel-centered can be encouraged and reminded of the focus of their ministry. Those who aren't there yet will be challenged deeply to think about what is most important.
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I am enjoying the book, yet I am concerned about the role of women in worship or the lack their of in ministry roles. I am concerned because in my denominational tradition, we have women who serve in ministry roles as pastors/worship leaders. Yet, I am reading this for the content of the material presented and I am impressed thus far with the content apart from it's particular "complimentarian" views. I hope to enjoy this book and from it be able to enter a dialogue with my female colleagues in ministry. Thanks!
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Doxology & Theology is a must read for anyone currently serving as a worship leader, or aspiring to lead worship.

The books gives a full-breath charge to leaders of the church on a theological, worshipful and practical level. A well versed theology of worship and centrality of the scriptures is shown challenging the reader. Personal disciplines of the worship leader and care for one's own heart and worship of Jesus. Mission and justice show the larger implications of what worship is, and practical chapters like liturgy and disciple-making give a full picture of what a man of God who leads worship should look like. The Gospel is boldly proclaimed, and Jesus is pointed to.

The book is easily accessible, easy to be read in a group, and can be used to train men (I'm reading through this book with several of our band leaders, and key leaders and musicians at The Paradox). What blows me away is how these men actually live this out. This isn't a cute book of ideas to feel good about and increase our knowledge. This is a book written by men who loves these doctrines, and have lived them that the Gospel and mission of Jesus might move forward throughout the entire world.

Ultimately the book should be challenging, helpful, and point you to live on the mission of God, in the family of God, worshipping Jesus, the Son of God.

:: Matt Allen
:: The Paradox Church
:: Deacon of Worship & The Arts
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