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Singing and Making Music

If music were truly neutral, I would expect the drug addict to listen to Amazing Grace as often as Def Leppard. The un-regenerated chooses Def Leppard because it has relevance for him. Experience tells me that the drug addict will choose music that validates his culture over that which contradicts. In this newer book (published […]

Great Hymns of the Faith

I love this hymn book. I know that may reveal my personal taste in church music and the era from which I love to sing, but I find a great respect for the gospel hymns written especially in the late 1700s and through the 1800s. Let me add, however, that no one will ever exceed […]

The Wages of Spin

I have read and enjoyed another Carl Trueman book. As a professor at Westminster, Trueman is a Reformed theologian and historian. However, almost all the books I’ve read by him are directed more at cultural issues and only slightly affected by his theology. In this book are two sections examining two Reformed theologians, J. Gresham […]

Worship and Culture

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 […]

Worship in the Melting Pot

I had not read this 2002 book on worship by the pastor of Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle until this year.  I have heard Masters preach often at the Tabernacle so I can visualize the way he was talking about worship.  English worship is by nature different from American worship in incidental details.  Their worship is more […]

Oh, Be Careful Little Ears

This little book on music came out in 1997. It has been one of those controversial books that criticizes contemporary music on the basis of style. Smith’s educational background makes her qualified to do this, however, it is a difficult way for the rest of us laymen in music education to follow. I have read […]

It’s Not About The Music

This is Dan Lucarini’s third book.  His first book, Why I Left The Contemporary Christian Music Movement, had an immediate impact on today’s worship wars.  His second book which he co-authored with John Blanchard, Can We Rock The Gospel, was an even better detailed analysis of CCM and its effects on the church.  This book […]

Worship in Song

This is Aniol’s first book though it is the second I have read.  The Foreword is written by Dr. Kevin Bauder, President of Central Seminary, Minneapolis, MN where Scott Aniol has taken graduate classes.  Aniol also has a bachelor’s degree from BJU and a master’s degree in musicology from N. Illinois University.  I appreciated his […]