Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Choosing a church for music?

Michael Spencer, The Internet Monk, has an outstanding article on "Praise and Worship Theology." Many people, Michael points out, make music the most important factor in choosing a congregation:
That's outrageously wrong, and I can't imagine why evangelicals are tolerating it. The demotion of preaching and the elevation of music is an invasion of the church by a culture that wants less content, less authority and more experience and feeling. Post-modern apologists may make the case that preaching is passe' (and some forms of it always will be) but preaching as a divinely sanctioned methodology has Biblical theology on its side.
Amen. It's good to see fellow Christians proclaiming the power of proclamation. When I began seminary in 2000, "seeker sensitive" services, with contemporary music and felt-needs evangelism, were the thing. Four years later, the tide seemed to have turned, at least in the circles I frequented, back toward the Word of God as the power of church health and growth.


Blogger John said...

Wow! Milton, that was some essay... it took me a while to get my head around it all but the gist of is "You have to agree with him!"

As you said Milton, there's a definite change on and people are turning, I believe, to a simple form of praise and worship, but the main thing is the main thing, the word of God.

Maybe its the price of the CD's that's causing it! :-)

10:28 PM, March 16, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Yes, Michael Spencer can really write, and he's usually right on target. Thanks for visiting, John. GBYAY.

7:25 AM, March 17, 2005  

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