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Principles of Worship: An Irenic Reformed Approach

Having now given a rather critical picture of the modern liturgical movement and the state of our actual knowledge regarding the “catholic tradition” and the worship of the early church, the question could be asked about what rule we now have left. Are we supposed to simply go back to the, now itself old-fashioned, evangelical […]

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The Quest for Historic Liturgy: What Can We Really Find?

The following essay is a modified excerpt from my presentation at the Jackson, MS Regional Convivium Calvinisticum on February 21, 2014. Many of our churches have become interested in liturgy, or a philosophy of corporate worship, over the last several years, and this interest has been, for the most part, very good. Moving from an […]

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Carl Trueman on Liturgical Forms

Explaining how a principled Reformed person ought to think about the question of formal liturgy, Carl Trueman says: The difference is not between churches who have liturgies and churches who do not; it is between churches who have intelligent ones that are theologically informed, which they acknowledge and upon which they reflect, and those who […]

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Music in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

John Arthur Smith Music in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity Ashgate, 2011 John Arthur Smith’s Music in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity has been described as “the most comprehensive single study to date of Jewish and Christian music in antiquity” It is an academic monograph sharing the methodology of other liturgical historians like Paul Bradshaw, […]

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Archive Civic Polity Ecclesiastical Polity Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Martin Luther’s 3 Services

In his preface to The German Mass and Order of Divine Service, Martin Luther lays out his philosophy of worship and gives three examples of liturgy that he would like to see implemented. Two of these were actually created, while the third remained only an ideal, to be attempted by later groups with varying degrees of […]

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Carl Trueman and Tragic Worship

Dr. Trueman takes on the entertainment idol among those churches committed to contemporary worship. He makes a solid point when he writes: The problem with much Christian worship in the contemporary world, Catholic and Protestant alike, is not that it is too entertaining but that it is not entertaining enough. Worship characterized by upbeat rock music, […]

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Archive Civic Polity Peter Escalante

Iconoclasm and Freedom

“In law and theology, the arcanum imperii becomes transparent”- Agamben goes on to say that worship is to theology what metaphysics is to philosophy. He offers here some characteristically illuminating reflections on the liturgical foundations of polity, though his focus is on unreformed examples. But we might ask: what is the radically evangelical act of […]