The Worship Quote of the Week for (06/11/2002):

No Christian Music
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE may be shocking to you. Author Patrick Kavanaugh is a
composer, conductor, music critic, and the Executive Director of the
Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship.

Ultimately, there is no such thing as Christian music anymore than there are
Christian chords or Christian rhythms or Christian melodic intervals. There
are only Christian words, combined with music, pure and simple . . . What is
generally called Christian music today is a combination of two art forms:
music and Christian poetry. It is not unusual to combine art forms; both
opera and theater, for example, combine several different arts. The reason we
must separate words and music in Christian music is to show exactly what
makes it "Christian." And it is never the music itself.

[and from the INTRODUCTION]
The purpose of this book is to bring the reader closer to Christ.
Specifically, it is written to help each of us worship the Lord—to worship
Him with deeper intimacy, with purer love, with greater potency. It is
something that every Christian can do more every day.

—Patrick Kavanaugh, WORSHIP—A WAY OF LIFE, Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2001,
p. 146, 17. ISBN 0-8007-9292-0

[This author is contributing to an age-old discussion in the philosophy of
art. Is it the worshipful or Christian intent of the artist that makes
something Christian? What do you think? How do we factor in issues such as
artistic excellence, aesthetic beauty, and doctrinal faithfulness? As seen
from the excerpt from the introduction above, this book is actually focused
on the idea of private worship. I recommend it.]

Have a great week!

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky