Before We Begin…
In this particular series of posts, I am dealing with worship style, not worship music – though worship music is a part of the overall style. I want to be clear on that point because some Facebook readers did not seem to understand that, especially some who read my article on Tom Brennan’s Facebook page (at https://www.facebook.com/tom.brennan.58/posts/10214908523539365). I intend to deal with worship music eventually, but first, I want to establish a foundation for style in general, and for worship style in particular. In previous articles, especially my article called “Gothpel Style,” I was attempting to show from Scripture that God cares about style, that style is not merely a matter of preference, a neutral vehicle for conveying a somehow disconnected message. The Scripture passages I used were not intended to speak specifically to the subject of music, though I do believe they establish a certain kind of style that should be used in worship.
That said, I hope to advance the discussion here in order to outline a Scriptural worldview regarding worship style. Please note that this series of posts deals with the big picture first, and from there will seek to offer some specific principles.
Rudiments of Style
Style rightly belongs with beauty, the third of what has been called the “transcendentals” of truth, goodness, and beauty. As I have pointed out, Contemporary Independent Baptists like Josh Teis and Robert Bakss argue Continue reading “A Worship Style Primer: Rudiments”