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The Thesis or Antithesis? (part 3)

This is the third article in a series having to do with a comparison between conservative and contemporary churches.  Labels are often unfortunate because contemporary churches may also call themselves fundamental or conservative in certain ways.  They usually mean that they are conservative in their list of “doctrinal” beliefs although other beliefs about biblical practices […]

The Thesis or Antithesis? (part 1)

The difference between the conservative and contemporary churches are becoming more evident. A recent pamphlet titled, “Is Your Church Going Purpose Driven?”1 lists 24 visible “signs” that begin to happen when a ministry is in the process of moving from traditional to contemporary.  Many people I know who have experienced this kind of change readily […]

The New Worship

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.) […]

Guess What Has Not Changed?

Perhaps the most difficult problem in dealing with a postmodern culture is defining our terms.  I doubt that a generation has ever been so flexible with language as this one.  One hundred years ago W.H. Griffith Thomas, combating German Rationalism, said, “We cannot in any degree be sure of the thought unless we can be […]

Planning Blended Worship

Webber (at the time of writing, 1998) is President of the Institute for Worship Studies and Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.  It is becoming less and less surprising that outspoken praise for ecumenicity and criticism of traditional Fundamentalism as well as Evangelicalism (even of Reformation theology) should come from Wheaton.  Webber’s thesis is that […]

The Battle for Christian Music

This 1992 book has been the topic of discussion among conservatives and progressives alike for the last decade.  After having read a number of good books on the music controversy (many of which I have reviewed and recommended), I found a new reading of Fisher’s book to be very rewarding.  Fisher answers many questions that […]

This Little Church Went To Market

This is the second book I’ve read (and reviewed) by Gary Gilley.  In This Little Church, Gilley evaluates the contemporary church movement primarily from his own background and familiarity with psychology.  He finds the methodology and motivation of the contemporary church almost identical if not primarily borrowed from the world of psychology.  Our society is […]