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A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship Paperback – May 1, 2003
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"There is a distinct weariness with market-driven, showbiz worship. The pendulum has swung to the longing for transcendence, substance, challenge, and biblically driven worship. Michael Horton shows us the way."
"Horton's enlivening wisdom is surely a godsend to all evangelicals."
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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.
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The stated thesis of the book is, “God has promised to save and keep his people through the means he has appointed and through no others; the ordinary means of grace are limited to the preached Word and the administered sacraments; God’s rationale for these means is made explicit in Scripture.” Dr. Horton obviously believes that the Word and sacraments are the central aspects of our worship and I thought he made an excellent case for his thesis.
The beginning of the book especially, makes the case that the above mentioned drama looks much like an ancient form of covenant known as a Suzerain treaty. In this form of covenant a greater king (the suzerain) would impose a treaty on a lesser king in which the great king promises to rescue/protect the lesser king and in return the lesser king gives his allegiance to the greater king. In God’s drama, He is the suzerain and we are the subjects that have been rescued by Him and who owe Him our allegiance. Our worship services were then compared to covenant renewal ceremonies.
The part of the book I found most interesting (and which made me wish I lived near a Reformed church) was chapter 9, “What Should Our Service Look Like?” This chapter described the elements that should be present in our worship services if they are to be covenant renewal ceremonies.
I found the last few chapters more difficult to digest and will not comment on them because I am not sure how well I have understood them. (I don’t consider this a bad thing though. Trying to gain a better understanding gives me something to look forward to the next time I read this book.)
Overall, I thought this was an excellent book and heartily recommend it!
Regarding the book itself: The two chapters on liturgical worship alone are well worth the price of the book!
R. E Formed
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