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The Contemporary Christian Music Debate
     

The Contemporary Christian Music Debate

by Steve Miller
 
"The Dutch translation of The Contemporary Christian Music Debate has been of tremendous help to many church leaders in Holland who struggle with issues of modern styles and worship. The combination of solid research with a gentle manner has a way of opening otherwise closed minds." -- Arjan van den Bijgaart, Manager Ecovata Publishers

"As a professor, I am

Overview

"The Dutch translation of The Contemporary Christian Music Debate has been of tremendous help to many church leaders in Holland who struggle with issues of modern styles and worship. The combination of solid research with a gentle manner has a way of opening otherwise closed minds." -- Arjan van den Bijgaart, Manager Ecovata Publishers

"As a professor, I am constantly concerned with equipping my students with a scriptural perspective of cutting edge issues in today's youth culture. When it comes to music, I have yet to find a more balanced and thorough work on the subject." -- Dr. Bill Jones, president, Columbia International University

What’s the best worship style for my ministry? Traditional hymns? Country? Rock? Rap? Is it legitimate to use popular styles to reach young people and diverse people groups? Discover insights from the bible, missions, psychology, and the entertaining history of our hymns. Go beyond emotional appeals to 'the way we’ve always done it' and 'what the praise team likes.'

Josh McDowell: 'A well-documented, biblically based, and culturally relevant insight into the debate on contemporary Christian music. For every mom, dad, and pastor, this book is a must.'

College president Robertson McQuilkin: '…addresses a church-splitting and generation-splitting issue with thorough scholarship and irenic spirit. He persuades with a gentle approach that respects opposing viewpoints, and he charts practical ways for local churches to incorporate newer forms of music while maintaining harmony in a music ministry for all.'

Contents

1. The Christian Music Controversy
PART ONE: CONTEMPORARY MUSIC UNDER FIRE
2. Charges of Health Threats
3. Charges of Moral Corruption
4. Charges of Worldliness
5. Charges of Poor Aesthetic Quality and a Cautioning Inner Witness
6. Charges of Bad Associations, Questionable Motives, and Dangerous Leanings
PART TWO: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
7. The Bible on Music
8. Biblical Principles for Musicians and Sponsors
PART THREE: A REVEALING JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY
9. From Early Chants to Reformation Songs
10. From Psalm Singing to Hymnody
11. What We Can Learn from History
PART FOUR: HARNESSING THE POWER OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
12. The Need for an Alternative
13. Communicating Musical Convictions to Your Children
14. A Christian Alternative
15. Taking it to the Church
16. Taking it to the World
APPENDIX: HOW FOUR GROWING CHURCHES USE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
END NOTES

This book has been translated into Dutch, Romanian, Spanish, German and Russian.

Editorial Reviews

Barry St. Clair
"This book will help youth workers to understand why music is so important to students, and it will provide intense food for thought to those who resist today's music. If you want to get a straightforward, clear perspective on the controversial music issue, here it is!"
Drs. P.C. den Uil
“I freely admit that Miller has put me in a predicament: the reasonableness of his argumentation has at times, to my own displeasure, won over my aversion to pop music.”
George Verwer
"This tremendous book has been long overdue and it is my prayer that it will be read prayerfully and carefully by all of God's people so that we can avoid the kind of extremism and division that the music controversy has brought with in turn has been an enormous drain upon our time and resources especially in connection with the task of world evangelism."
Michael, Jr. Burgess
"Backed by an unmatched breadth of research and facile reasoning, Miller brings the warring factions to the table to dispel misconceptions, open the dialogue on common ground, and, ultimately, to promote healing in an emotionally charged debate.

Miller manages to capture a breadth of material poignantly and succinctly, providing an invaluable resource for pastors, youth leaders, music leaders, and parents."
Phil Callaway
"Instead of personal taste, Miller rests his case on Scripture, music history, and mission strategy. He is to be commended for bringing a good dose of rational medication to a debate that is very much alive but not always well. This is a timely book for pastors, teachers and parents."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013585867
Publisher:
Wisdom Creek Press, LLC
Publication date:
06/13/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
261
File size:
518 KB

Meet the Author

Steve Miller has served as as a youth minister, pastor, missionary (to Slovakia) and writer. His insights on music come out of his vast research and practical ministry. He's spoken on the Christian music controversy in Atlanta, Slovakia, Holland and Moscow. He lives with his wife, Cherie, in metro Atlanta.

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