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A certain way to end the worship wars

Terry Johnson purposes a certain way to end the worship wars. Really good for for thought.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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2 Responses to A certain way to end the worship wars

  1. In our church we have come up with a solution that seems to work: we have four hymns and four choruses per service. The last chorus is the benediction (four different options), so that effectively leaves three choruses. A “chorus” is considered anything written in the last 20-40 years. Both choruses and hymns are chosen in accordance with the theme of the sermon, so that they back up and reinforce the message. We have done this for ten years, and it seems to work well. The congregation have been reintroduced to the great hymns of the faith (which had been sidelined by the push for contemporary music) and generally find them (a) easier to sing and (b) more edifying in terms of content. We have one keyboard, played without any drum accompaniment, and no other instruments. There is no worship leader in front of the congregation, much less a worship team! Because we have both hymns and more recent choruses, nobody can say they are being discriminated against. In any case, worship is meant to be for the Lord, not for our own satisfaction. I can heartily recommend this model!

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