Should Christian Worship Happen with a “Concert Atmosphere?” | Roger E. Olson
Should Christian Worship Happen with a ‘Concert Atmosphere’?
Even Roger Olson doesn’t think so. (As his post makes clear, Roger Olson is a noteworthy author and theologian on the theological left.) And in making his case, Olson reminds us what a dismal state “conservative” evangelical worship has become.
If the large swath of Christians throughout church history would find unintelligible or even blasphemous the atmosphere, style, and content our “worship service,” we should probably rethink the way we’re worshiping.
Source: Should Christian Worship Happen with a “Concert Atmosphere?” | Roger E. Olson
Ryan Martin is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, Minnesota. Prior to that, he served as the associate pastor of Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is on the board of directors of Religious Affections Ministries. Ryan received his undergraduate degree at Northland Baptist Bible College, and has received further training from Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis, Minn. (M.Div., 2004; Ph.D., 2013). He was ordained in 2009 at Bible Baptist Church of Elk River, Minn. (now Otsego, Minn.). He has a wife and children too.
Ryan is the associate editor of Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). He contributed to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017) and is the author of Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: "The High Exercises of Divine Love" (T&T Clark, 2018).