FY100 06: Contemporary Worship Chapter

Yesterday, our class had a rich and thoughtful video chat with Kathryn Scott, all the way from her home in Port Stewart, Northern Ireland.

For our InResponse post this week, our students were to have read a chapter I’ve written for a book to be released with Broadman Holman Publishers, entitled (the chapter) Contemporary Worship: A Perspective.

Blending narrative with forays into views on the interface of Church and culture, this chapter seeks to explore the place of contemporary worship expression in the culture, and in the whole body of worship work that has flowed from the Church over its life span.

Here is the question:

“What quote or insight most intrigues you as you read this chapter, and what particular value undergirding the contemporary worship movement, from among the list noted in the second section, has most impacted you in your own worship journey?”

Looking forward to the fray.


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