This has been the next “contemporary church” book on my list to read. Liesch is a popular writer who promotes the converging of various worship styles to meet the desires of a new generation. His main thesis is that worship must include an equal amount of music (and alternative worship techniques i.e. drama, video, etc.) in order to be Biblical. Preaching, he says, has become too central in our worship over the last 100 years. He even praises Soren Kierkegaard’s neo-orthodox advice of making God the audience, the congregation the “players” and the ministers the “prompters.” He believes that Christians in the first century “probably” brought their pagan background into the church worship and (since, according to Liesch, all music is morally neutral) therefore, we should bring all types of secular music styles into our worship as well. The Old Testament form of worship is made central to the New Testament church; a “pick-and-choose” method of Biblical word definitions is used; and (as usual) he advocates changing the traditional churches slowly “until people become accustomed to the change” and many other such stealth tactics.
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 […]
Who Needs The Local Church?July 2, 2017
This is a day of convenience, quick on-line shopping, and instant everything. It is almost possible for a person to live one’s whole life without leaving the house. If someone can arrange to work from home, the rest is easy. You can do all of your banking online, shop for almost anything and have it […]