The Message in the Music

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-01
  • Publisher: Abingdon Pr

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The definitive guide to the meaning of today's most popular praise and worship songs. Few things influence Christians' understanding of the faith more than the songs they sing in worship. The explosion of praise and worship music in the last fifteen years has profoundly affected our experience of God. So what are those songs telling us about who God is? In what ways have they made us more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ? In what ways have they failed to embody the full message of the gospel? Working with the lists of the most frequently sung praise and worship songs from recent years, the authors of this book offer an objective but supportive assessment of the meaning and contribution of the Christian music that has been so important in the lives of contemporary believers.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 5
Contributorsp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
How Great is Our God: The Trinity in Contemporary Christian Worship Musicp. 29
I Could Sing of Your Love Forever: American Romance in Contemporary Worship Musicp. 43
I'm Desperate for You: Male Perception of Romantic Lyrics in Contemporary Worship Musicp. 54
Let the Weak Say I am Strong: Contemporary Worship Music and God's Concern for Righteousness and Social Justicep. 65
Trading My Sorrows: Worshiping God in the Darkness-The Expression of Pain and Suffering in Contemporary Worship Musicp. 76
We Have Come Into His House: Kerygma, Koinonia, Leitourgia-Contemporary Worship Music That Models the Purpose of the Churchp. 92
The Heart of Worship: The Leitourgic Mode and Christian Sanctification in Contemporary Worship Musicp. 106
Praise the Name of Jesus: Are All Praise and Worship Songs for the Congregation?p. 127
When the Music Fades: The Artistic Worth of Worship Song Melodiesp. 138
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross: The Musical Styles of the Top 77 Songs-A Historical-critical Analysisp. 152
Conclusion: Discipleship and the Future of Contemporary Worship Music: Possible Directions for Scholarship, Songwriting, and Public Worshipp. 167
Notesp. 193
Song Indexp. 210
Key Word and Subject Indexp. 212
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