Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 29, 2003 - Religion - 226 pages
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Discerning Reader's Best Book of 2003! We are not created to worship. Nor are we created for worship. We are created worshiping. Too often Christians have only thought of worship in terms of particular musical styles or liturgical formats. But a proper view of worship is far larger than what takes place in churches on Sunday mornings. Worship is not limited to specific times, places or activities. God is by his very nature continuously outpouring himself. Because we are created in his image, we too are continually pouring ourselves in various directions, whether toward God or toward false gods. All of us, Christian or not, are always worshiping, whether or not that worship is directed toward God. We are unceasing worshipers. The fruition of a lifetime of study, reflection and experience, this volume sets forth Harold M. Best's understanding of worship and the arts. Widely respected as one of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in his field, Best explores the full scope of worship as continuous outpouring in all settings and contexts. With careful exposition and eloquent analysis, Best casts a holistic vision for worship that transcends narrow discussions of musical style or congregational preference. On this broader canvas, Best addresses popular misunderstandings about the use of music and offers correctives toward a more biblically consistent practice of artistic action. Incisive, biblical, profound and comprehensive, Best's landmark volume is one by which all other statements on worship and the arts will be measured.
  

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Review: Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts

User Review  - Donovan Richards - Goodreads

Do You Hear What I Hear? It all comes down to the music, seemingly. A bad voice, inexperience on the drums, a bloated worship team—they all influence attendance greatly. You've probably heard the ... Read full review

Review: Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts

User Review  - Evan Riddell - Goodreads

While there is a bit too much jargon for my liking at times (particularly the start) this is an excellent overview of biblical perspectives on the arts, artists, worship and idolatry doctrine from the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
Nobody Does Not Worship
17
What Is Authentic Worship?
27
The Final Geography of Worship
48
The Corporate Gathering and Authentic Worship
58
Continuous Outpouring and Artistic Action
111
What Creative People Can Learn from Gods Creation
125
The Peculiarity of Music and Its Unique Role
143
Worship Art and Incipient Idolatry
162
Epilogue
211
Notes
223
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Harold M. Best was the dean of the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College.

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