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But, again, how?

Not Through Ritual and Routine

Recently, I attended a popular and well-known “worship conference” packed with pastors, worship leaders, and laypersons eager to learn techniques for successful worship ministry. Famous practitioners, anxious to demonstrate their latest worship “tools,” lined the exhibit hall. Some peddled how-to books on worship. Others presented sound, lighting, and stage design concepts. Worship “artists” shared personal stories as well as principles of songwriting, programming, and praise-team building, all designed to develop a better worship experience. Soon, though, it became obvious that not only would there be no extended prayer for God’s guidance in these sessions, but there would also be no serious study or discussion of the biblical principles of worship. It was all about routine—with no explanation of why we go through such routine. Sadly, statements from the distinguished panel of worship “professionals” revealed deficiencies in their knowledge of the Bible’s clear teachings on how mankind is to worship God. These experts also seemed unaware of any scholarly works on biblical worship. They simply knew what they liked, and liked what they knew, and that’s all they taught, with little regard for the opinions of the broader evangelical community—or God Himself. Since that conference, I have traveled to many others and have found that the lack of biblical understanding of worship is not unique. People all over, from pew to pulpit, have heads full of misguided notions on the kind of worship that pleases God. Yet hundreds of books, articles, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs abound on the topic, and more are produced each year by the “seasoned” worship gurus of our age.

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Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

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