Myopic Worship Misses the Point

Following the lead of the advertising world, many churches and worship services target specific age groups to the exclusion of others. They forget that, according to the Bible, the church is an all-age community, and instead they organize themselves around distinctives dividing the generations: Busters, Boomers, Millennials, Generations X, Y, and Z. Many churches offer a traditional service for the tribe who prefer older music and a contemporary service for the tribe who prefer newer music. The truth is, however, that if the only type of music you employ in a worship service is old, you inadvertently communicate that God was more active in the past than he is in the present. On the other hand, if the only type of music you employ in a worship service is new, you inadvertently communicate that God is more active in the present than he was in the past.

via We Are One – Tullian Tchividjian.

For a church to resist employing contemporary hymnody and song is to say that we have

Prayer in Taizé church

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peaked at a gold standard of worship. Dr. John Frame’s thoughts on this are helpful, because at the end of the day, if love and charity towards the other are not ruling us, then we have missed the gospel and failed to obey the second of the two great commands expressed by Jesus to his disciples in his ministry.

I am a pastor, a husband, a father, and a lover of Jesus. I am also an unpredictable blogger, who can go for several years without blogging a thing, and then inexplicably write a book. Perhaps this is one of those times.

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