The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/16/2004):

A Magnificent Legacy
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is another from Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Ministries. Here he discusses how multi-generational and multi-cultural expressions in Christian worship can increase our vision of the Lord and His church? [Please see the note below concerning Bob’s worship lectures this week in Louisville.]

To sing worship music from more than one generation is, in part, to communicate our larger identity as the people of God. We hail from many backgrounds, families, races, and tastes, but now we are joined together through the blood of Jesus Christ, who has reconciled us to the Father AND each other. Christian faith is not about being a certain age or liking certain music or living in a particular time and place. Christians are part of a magnificent legacy that began unfolding thousands of years ago, and will continue throughout eternity. To narrow our vision exclusively to a small, culture-bound slice of that history is to embrace a kind of spiritual poverty.

—Bob Kauflin, in a recent issue (March 9, 2004) of his e-mail column "Worship Matters" for Kauflin is Director of Worship Development for Sovereign Grace Ministries (formerly PDI). Please visit their web site at where you can easily sign up to get Bob’s weekly column. I strongly recommend it and the many worship resources available from Sovereign Grace Ministries.

[Bob Kauflin will be leading worship and speaking at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, this Thursday and Friday, March 18-19, 2004, as a part of our Institute for Christian Worship. All events are free and there is no need to register. Here are the lecture titles. For more information, please call 800-626-5525, x4115.]

10:00pm Worship Leadership at Thursday Chapel
12:30pm “What Is Word-Centered Worship?”
1:30pm “Visuals in Worship: How Do We See God?”
7:00 pm “Worship and the Presence of God”

2:30pm “Worship Leadership: Gift and Craft”

[ALSO: MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR A SUMMER WORKSHOP. Bob Kauflin and Harold Best will be my guests at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for a special summer workshop to study biblical worship. The dates are July 12-16, 2004. For more information, please call 800-626-5525, x4115.]

Have a great week,

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

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