This is a 2002 book by the pastor of a large Presbyterian church in San Antonio and former professor at Fuller Seminary. It is a defense of the blended worship module with a strong kinship to the convergence movement. The sub-title is: “Singing a new song in the postmodern church.” Redman always quotes Robert Webber and Sally Morgenthaler with great approval. This is an example of the defense of diversity in music (otherwise called worship) based on the (I think wrong) conclusion that culture is only partly ill-affected by sin and therefore morally neutral (at least for the most part) and also on the conclusion that church history shows that the church has always embraced diversity uncritically. Of course, when you can use any kind of church as your example with almost no critical thing to say of any church or movement in history, you can prove almost anything from history! As is typical, anything having to do with a conservative or traditional church service receives all the common invectives such as shrill, cranky, or even “grouse” (which could mean a bird with a plump body, or someone who grumbles).
John Wilber ChapmanOctober 1, 2018
In Hymns & Songs By Terry L. Conley “Our Great Savior” Dr. John Wilbur Chapman (June 1859 – December 1918) Chapman was born in Richmond, Indiana. In his youth he attended a Quaker First Day School on Sunday mornings and the Grace Methodist Church Sunday School in the afternoons. When he was seventeen […]
In Hymns & SongsAugust 31, 2017
The first hymn book and hymn writers in America were from England. The hymn book which landed with the Pilgrims in 1620 was Reverend Henry Ainsworth’s version of the Book of Psalms entitled The Book of Psalms: Englished both in Prose and Metre with Annotations, published in 1612 at Amsterdam. It is considered by many […]
Worship and CultureFebruary 4, 2014
In the twenty years that I have been writing Aletheia articles, perhaps nothing has been written about more than worship and culture. Worship has become the description of how we “do church,” and culture has become what we are, not what we should strive to become. Ravi Zacharias wrote, “Culture has become like a dress […]