I’ve just opened a new collection of essays on music and worship, edited by Matt Boswell, called “Doxology and Theology”. If the first paragraph is anything to go by, it will be a cracker.
One of the greatest needs of the modern church is theologically driven worship leaders. The church is starving for worship leaders who will teach them to sing about the great gospel of Christ in all its richness. This need for theologically driven worship leaders exists in large part because many believe that worship leadership and theological aptitude are mutually exclusive. Theology, they believe, is the occupation of pastors and professors, while worship is the business of church musicians and songwriters. So pastors and professors teach the truth and the worship leaders lead the singing. And because of this, our churches are limping along with people who do not understand that the greatest truths of the gospel have always been designed to cause the greatest praise.
Amen to that! I’ll aim to post a review here when I’ve finished the book.