Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking about Christian Worship Today

Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking about Christian Worship Today


Author: Cornelius Plantinga Jr and Sue A Rozeboom
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans
ISBN: 9780802839992
Format: Paperback
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Christian worship in North America has undergone great change in recent years. But change always brings uncertainty
at times even division
about what constitutes “authentic worship.” This important book reviews a wide variety of current perspectives and offers a fresh outlook on the contemporary practice of Christian worship.

In order to provide the widest, most insightful discussion on present-day worship practices yet assembled, the authors gathered a team of church musicians, ministers, worship leaders, and educators from eight church traditions. Discerning the Spirits is the fruit of their work. Shaped by the wisdom of men and women like Marva Dawn, Justo Gonzalez, C. Michael Hawn, and John Witvliet, this book broadens today’s “worship wars” into a bigger, richer discussion that moves from arguments over musical tastes to good thinking about the overall purpose of worship in relation to church life and God himself. Sidebar articles and quotes are meant to draw readers and study groups into dialogue on these issues.

Whether one plays a leadership role in church worship or is simply grappling with questions about it, Discerning the Spirits is a must-read.


Sue A Rozeboom is assistant professor of liturgical theology at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan.


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