Item description for The Beauty of Holiness: A Guide to Biblical Worship by Michael Barrett...
Overview Contemporary! Traditional! Divisive words-particularly when referring to methods of worship. Some churches commit themselves to one particular style while others divide themselves into distinct congregations with seperate services to accommodate a mismatched membership with the dissimiliar preferences regarding music or dress. For some reason music always seems to be at the heart of the issue. Should the congregation find the words to hymns in hardback hymnals or the words to choruses projected on a screen? Should soloists sing to recorded music with microphone in hand or to organ accompaniment with arms passively at the side? Should the congregatoin applaud or whisper "amen" when blessed? Should drums and guitars be allowed in church? Should music styles reflect changing cultural models, or are some melodies and rhythms inherently inappropriate for worship? These are tough questions with answers that almost always fail to convince or change the other side.
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Studio: Ambassador-Emerald International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.91 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher EMERALD HOUSE GROUP #694
ISBN 1932307621 ISBN13 9781932307627
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A Sound Biblical Exposition of the Matter Jan 24, 2007
To the plethora of books on worship published in recent years, Dr. Michael Barrett adds an unapologetically Biblical study of the theology of worship. The burden for completing this book, in spite of the mass of new literature, was inflamed by the recurring "expressions of nonsense" [p. vii] found in much of the discussions and debates. In addressing this "nonsense", Barrett provides for pastors and laymen "foundational principles extracted from the Scripture to guide toward biblical worship" [p. 180]. Having read some other recent works that emphasize historical, philosophical, and musicological perspectives to address the "red-hot" issue of worship, Barrett's intentional biblical-theological spadework is a breath if fresh air, and a return to solid ground.
Barrett's style is simple and very readable. He spends his time in the Scriptures as opposed to culture, philosophy, and popular opinions. I recommend this volume as a work that will direct you to listen to what the Bible says and to humbly consider what God desires first and foremost.