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Help compiling a bibliography of worship resources

I’m preparing to teach a couple classes this year, and as part of my preparation, I am working on compiling a fairly exhaustive bibliography of resources (books, journal articles, theses, dissertations) that I think are worth considering in the in the worship/music conversation.

I have a draft of the project completed here.

As you’ll see, I have the document divided into two lists: the first (A) represents resources that I have read and think should be consulted (on all sides of the debate). The second (B) represents things I have not read or have not read in a while, but look interesting enough to consider including. As I read them or find helpful reviews of them, I will either move them to List A or remove them altogether.

I could use some help with this project. Is there anything that you would include on this list? Are there things that you would take away? Anything on List B that you think should be moved to List A?

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.

8 Responses to Help compiling a bibliography of worship resources

  1. Two sources that I thought were helpful (not fully cited obviously).

    Hart and Meuther: With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship

    Michael Horton: A Better Way

  2. Thanks, Larry. Have both, but for some reason they didn't make it onto the list! Appreciate the help.

  3. You may want to consider some of the resources on this site:

    I especially appreciate Ron's book, "Proclamation and Praise: Hebrews 2:12 and the Christology of Worship".

    I could not open the links to Ron's annotated bibliography. Perhaps he would send you a working link.

    You may also want to consider :

    Warren Wiersbe, "Real Worship: Playground, Battleground, or Holy Ground?" I think you would find it quite sympathetic to the perspective of

    T. David Gordon, "Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal," P&R Publishing, 2010.Dr, Gordon teaches Media Ecology at Grove City College. I characterize this book as a "Romans 12:2" warning.

    Douglas Sean O'Donnell, "God's Lyrics: Rediscovering Worship Through Old Testament Lyrics"; P&R Publishing, 2010. He exegetes the OT canticles, and draws principles/applications from them for our congregational attitudes and music.

    Dean Kurtz, "God's Word, The Final Word on Worship and Music: A Biblical Study"; Xulon Press (2008). If I rermember correctly, it was a comment/article on that directed me to this book. I consider it (and O'Donnell's) a good "first book" on the subject.

    Would you want to include "The Valley of Vision"?

    I appreciate the breadth of your lists- from Aniol to Webber!

    THANK YOU for your leadership.

    Jim Lowery

    Bethlehem Baptist Church (Midlothian Tpk)

    Richmond, VA

  4. For some historical reference, I would suggest "The Oxford History of Christian Worship", ed Wainwright and Tucker. Even more, I suggest Horton Davies' five volume "Worship and Theology in England." If you are including resources which deal with worship but not specifically with music, you might consider Hughes Oliphant Old's "The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church."

    One theological work which explores some unusual territory is Peter Leithart's "From Silence to Song: The Davidic Liturgical Revolution."

  5. Something which would make the bibliography more helpful would be to include links to any of the resources which are available online.

    Also, just reading through the lists, you have a couple books listed in both List A and B:

    Terry York, America's Worship Wars

    Gary Furr & Milburn Price, The Dialogue of Worship

  6. I would recommend checking out "Recovering the Reformed Confession" by R Scott Clark. I haven't read it myself, but it is very relevant to worship. There are 6 reviews on that will give you an idea of the content.

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