A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship: Understanding the Ideas That Reshaped the Protestant Church

A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship: Understanding the Ideas That Reshaped the Protestant Church

by Lester Ruth, Lim Swee Hong

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New forms of worship have transformed the face of the American church over the past fifty years. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, including interviews with dozens of important stakeholders and key players, this volume by two worship experts offers the first comprehensive history of Contemporary Praise & Worship. The authors provide insight into where this phenomenon began and how it reshaped the Protestant church. They also emphasize the span of denominational, regional, and ethnic expressions of contemporary worship.

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ISBN-13: 9781493432547
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/16/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Lester Ruth (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is research professor of Christian worship at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is a historian of Christian worship with a particular interest in the history of Contemporary Praise & Worship.

Lim Swee Hong (PhD, Drew University) is Deer Park Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Emmanuel College of Victoria University, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario. He has taught in the United States, Canada, and in his native Singapore and often leads global seminars and conferences dealing with worship and sacred music.

Table of Contents


Introduction: A Historical Overview
Part 1: The History of Praise & Worship
1. The Headwater of Praise & Worship, 1946-65
2. Deepening the Channel for Praise & Worship, 1965-85
3. Increasing Currents in Praise & Worship, 1965-85
4. A Swollen River, Surging and Sweeping, 1985-95
Part 2: The History of Contemporary Worship
5. Subterranean Stirrings, Pre-1965
6. The First Wave of Contemporary Worship, 1965-85
7. The Second Wave of Contemporary Worship, 1985-Mid-1990s
Part 3: The Confluence of Praise & Worship and Contemporary Worship
8. The New Liturgical Normal, Late 1990s

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