The Worship Quote of the Week for (07/27/2004):

Not Just Singing
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is from Dan Kimball’s new book on worship. In this selection, the author highlights an important truth—worship is more than singing.

Worship has been quite the rage lately. . . . This book is titled EMERGING WORSHIP: CREATING NEW WORSHIP GATHERINGS FOR EMERGING GENERATIONS. It is all about creating worship gatherings where new generations come to worship. But what does “worship” look like?

I believe to the average person, even to most pastors, music is what primarily comes to mind. In fact, in many churches worship pastors lead the singing portion of the worship service. Like me, you’ve probably heard individuals say with great passion, “I love to worship!” Almost every time, they are talking about singing.

As you read this book, you will find it has little to do with singing and music. Like many others, I desire to see worship—and worship gatherings—change from primarily singing to something a lot more holistic and a lot more biblical.

Dan Kimball, EMERGING WORSHIP: GREATING NEW WORSHIP GATHERINGS FOR EMERGING GENERATIONS (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004), pp. 1 & 2. ISBN: 0310256445

[I suggest that the true “emerging church” is really the faithful Christian church (ancient and modern) that is always reforming toward biblical norms—aware of culture (for good and ill) and committed to Christ. We must take great care that our “emerging changes” are moving Christ’s bride toward the scandal of the gospel, rather than re-forming the gospel in the mold of the world. I think Kimball’s book articulates a biblically faithful emergence.]

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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