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'If you consider yourself "traditional" in your approach to worship and music in the church, Lucarini provides you with an outline of almost all the key matters that must be addressed in the church's assessment of the usefulness of new musical forms. If you consider yourself "contemporary" in your perspective on worship, Lucarini raises the questions that you need to provide a sound biblical answer to before committing the church to a new direction in its corporate praise.'

J. Ligon Duncan III, PhD, Minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

'The author's honest sharing of his own spiritual and musical journey prepares the way for his assessment of what he sees to be a major problem in today's church. Lucarini's direct and uncompromising style is harnessed to a gracious spirit concerned with nothing else but God's glory. This nowhere more evident than in his warm and wise treatment of the subject of worship and ministry.'

Dr. John Blanchard, best-selling Christian author

About the Author

Dan Lucarini is a best-selling author of books on Christian music and worship, and a conference and local church speaker. He spent several years as a contemporary worship leader and church musician in America. Dan and his wife Judi now have an international ministry of encouragement and Biblical counsel to thousands of pastors, song leaders, church musicians, missionaries and church members who are wrestling with modern music and worship controversies. Dan's 'day job' is software business development.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852345178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852345177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Lucarini is a best-selling author of books on Christian music and worship. Before that he spent several years as a contemporary worship leader and church musician in America and writes from experience. Dan's books have encouraged and challenged churches, colleges and individuals around the globe to learn more about how and why we worship God.

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Great book and interesting, uncomplicated read.
John Wicklund
Did he try to convince others in the church that they shouldn't watch sports because they also may be spending too much time from their family and friends?
Megan
Mr. Lucarini has presented an exceptionally good picture of the Contemporary Christian Music movement in our churches.
Merle A. Pitts

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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Janan Kreger on July 13, 2007
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I have lived through everything mentioned in this book, and I have heard every hateful, presumptive, dishonest criticism leveled by some of these reviewers.

I was the music leader and deacon for an English-language church in Germany. I led a balanced song service, with a split of 60/40 or 40/60 hymn/contemporary songs almost every Sunday. I had only three rules for congregational songs:

1. It must have sound doctrine.
2. It must have a musical style that is generally recognized as beautiful.
3. It must be singable by the congregation.

That was far too strict a standard for the rebels. They attacked me because I wasn't 100% CCM; because I didn't immediately incorporate every song that went to #1 on the "christian" pop charts. They introduced division in a church that had been unified for years, and when we questioned some of the bad doctrine in their favorite songs, they accused us of being divisive. When we questioned the wisdom of kicking a church member off the drums and replacing him with a guy off a park bench who showed up for his "gig" wearing a t-shirt that says "I Love Death Metal and So Does Jesus," but leaving when it was time to hear God's Word, we were called hateful. When we asked the new pastor for help to combat the rebellion and the bad doctrine of these people, we were pushed out and replaced by the rebels. Dan Lucarini could have been a mouse in the corner, taking notes for his book, in that church. You find these people in 2 Tim 3:2-5.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Charles Jankowski on September 26, 2009
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I found this to be an excellent book written in the right spirit. I personally led music in a "traditional" church for many years. I have also debated Contemporaries and found that his book enumerated to a "t" the arguments used by the Contemporaries as well as the heavy labeling they resort to to marginalize or neutralize a "traditional".
I would recommend this volume to those interested in the subject and in particular those who have found themselves in the crosshairs of the malevolent and distorted arguments of the Contemporaries. Buy the book!
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264 of 325 people found the following review helpful By John Wicklund on October 5, 2003
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Great book and interesting, uncomplicated read. 9 out of 10 Christians would probably label this book as opinionated and destroying the progress of the evangelical movement in the America today. But like many episodes in the bible, the minority are frequently correct but overcome by a tide of well-meaning but deluded people.
Lucarini, from first-hand experience, has special discernment in detailing the origin of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and that it is a worldly means of attracting people to the gospel message. Take away the lyrics, the sound is like mainstream rock radio of today with their pagan origins.
I am not a musician but I have seen first-hand the infiltration and effects of Christian rock into the church. In too many churches, one can no longer find an opportunity for reflection, prayer, and a quiet worship with one's creator. The sound is so loud at times, I have left the sanctuary.
I have had friendly discussions with our youth pastor. He said the youth want to hear music they like and we need to do it to attract them back. Well, the elders buy into this, even though some of them come in late purposely because they don't like the music. Go figure ??
The other very destructive part of CCM generally is that we have raised a group of young evangelicals who are biblically illiterate. They sing the words but have no background on where in the bible those lyrics or thoughts can be found. Many are "7-11" songs ... seven words repeated 11 times over. People are attracted because of the music and many probably stay only because of the music. Are they truly growing as disciples in the Lord for which they are commanded? Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Phil White on January 16, 2006
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When I was given Lucarini's book by a fellow church member, I was somewhat skeptical. However, when I finally read the book I found it insightful. I can't say I agree with everything Lucarini says, but he certainly gives you some things to think about. By and large I found the book useful and would recommend it to anyone with the courage to consider what CCM is doing to congregations today.

For those strong advocates of CCM who consider it to be the panacea for today's worship, I highly recommend reading the book Surprising Insights From the Unchurched by Dr. Thom S. Rainer, Dean of the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. Dr. Rainer conducted careful research interviewing several hundred formerly unchurched people from a wide demographic. He asked them an open ended question, "What factors led you to choose this church?" Only 11% indicated worship style and music was what led them to choose that church. I find that interesting considering the claims that CCM creates a more "seeker sensitive" church.

In light of Rainer's research, I believe Lucarini in his book asks some legitimate questions regarding CCM. I believe his point is well taken that many involved in CCM are doing it more for their own pleasure of that style of music as opposed to really being "seeker sensitive."

There's one more issue of significant interest. In reading Lucarini's book he doesn't utilize name calling tactics to deal with his opponents. Yet I find it pathetic that many of those who disagree with Lucarini and review his book on this very web site don't hesitate to resort to name calling. What does that tell you? I find that methodology questionable at best!
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