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Worship by the Book (ed. D. A. Carson)

Zondervan, 2002

Blurb Review by Mark Liederbach


Worship-wars are rife today. The way that Christians from different traditions view worship vary greatly. What actually is it? More importantly, what does it look like in action, both in our corporate gatherings and in our daily lives? These concerns - the blending of principle and practice are what Worship by the Book addresses. Carson states that this book is not a comprehensive theology of worship, still less is it a sociological analysis of current trends or a minister’s manual chockfull of ‘how to’ instructions. Rather this book offers pastors, other congregational leaders, and theological students a thought-provoking biblical theology of worship, followed by a look at how three very different traditions of churchmanship might move from this theological base to a better understanding of corporate worship. Running the gamut from biblical theology to historical assessment all the way to sample service sheets, this book shows how local churches in diverse traditions can foster corporate worship that is God-honouring, Word-revering, heartfelt, and historically and culturally informed, Carson’s introductory essay is a tour de force, engaging as it does with most contemporary work done on worship … and you will have to make your own mind up on the other three!


1. Worship under the Word (D. A. Carson)

2. Following in Cranmer’s Footsteps (Mark Ashton with C. J. Davis)

Appendix: Putting the Principles into Practice (3 Sample Services)

3. Free Church Worship: The Challenge of Freedom (R. Kent Hughes)

Appendix A: College Church Worship (5 Sample Services)

Appendix B: Wonders of Worship

Appendix C: Reading the Word

Appendix D: When Music Equals Worship

4. Reformed Worship in the Global City (Timothy J. Keller)

Appendix A: Sample Worship Services

Appendix B: Prayers for those not taking the Lord’s Supper

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