Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, has been an ordained Presbyterian minister since 1971. In addition to his previous teaching positions at Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Erskine Theological Seminary, he also served as director of Geneva Press, a division of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. He and his wife, Kimberly, live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worshipby Thomas G. Long
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Almost every congregation is experiencing tension over worship. Many congregations have been participating in a renaissance of worship known as the "liturgical movement" and have reclaimed worship forms that have served the church for centuries. Yet because the church today is operating in a radically changed cultural environment, many people in our society do not understand liturgical worship and thus we must find language, music, themes, and images that speak to the unchurched, spiritually seeking person. In Beyond the Worship Wars, Thomas G. Long discusses the nine characteristics of vital and faithful worship practiced by a wide range of "third-way" congregations—all characteristics that make for vital and faithful worshi
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Reading this for a college course. Long challenges both traditional and contemporary worship, and shows that both are adequate but for different reasons, and both must be used to build an adequate Christian. Easy Reading, and an excellent resource for pastors and lay-persons alike.