The other day I came across the audio files from Southern Seminary’s Institute for Christian Worship. Go to the site for all the lectures, but below are a number of ones that looked interesting to me. If the speaker has a related book, I’ve included some info after the links to his lecture.
- What Really Is Worship?
- The Worship That Pleases God
- Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: Does the Bible Direct Us in the Choice of Musical Styles?
- Meeting God in the Gathering of His People
- Worship That Jesus Makes Possible
D.A. Carson thinks that Peterson’s book, Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship (1992), is one of the very best treatments available.
- Worshiping God’s Way (Part 1)
- Worshiping God’s Way (Part 2)
- Christian Worship Music: Is It Postmodern?
Frame’s two books on worship are Worship in Spirit and Truth: A Refreshing Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship (1996) and Contemporary Worship: A Biblical Defense (1997). These books make some in the Reformed camp uncomfortable, but I found both of them to be very helpful.
- Music for, by, and Toward the Church
- The Glory of God in Contemporary Worship: A Shared Burden
- Text and Music: Content and Context for Music in Ministry
- The Arts in Worship: Can’t Art Just Be Art?
- Authentic Multiculturalism and High Culture
- Authentic Multiculturalism and High Culture: What of Quality?
Best’s two books on worship are Music Through the Eyes of Faith (1993) and Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts (2003). Music Through the Eyes of Faith has had a significant impact on John Piper, and he highly recommends the book.
For Card on lament, see A Sacred Sorrow Experience Guide: Reaching out to God in the Lost Language of Lament (2005) and The Hidden Face of God: Finding the Missing Door to the Father Through Lament (2007).
Keith and Kristyn Getty:
- World Music for the Universal Church
- Irish Hymns: A Singing Faith for the Worshipping Church
- A Musical and Poetic Vernacular for Worship: Finding a Heart Language for the Modern Church
- The New Hymns
- The Making of Worship Songs for the Modern Church
- The Songs That Jesus Said: Singing the Bible for Young Worshipers
Stuart Townend, Keith Getty, and Kristyn Getty:
- Hymns, Worship, and Christian Thought (Part 1)
- Hymns, Worship, and Christian Thought (Part 2)
- Modern Hymns: Christian Congregational Song for the 21st Century
- What Is Word-Centered Worship?
- Visuals in Worship: How Do We See God?
- Worship and the Presence of God
- Worship Leadership: Gift and Craft
- Piano Stylings for Effective Leadership in Contemporary Worship
- Arranging the Rhythm Section for Contemporary Worship
- Vocal Arranging for Effective Leadership in Contemporary Worship
- Why the Cross Is Crucial in Corporate Worship
- Worship Music or Music Worship: The Meaning of Music in Congregational Worship
- Making the Most of the Modern Worship Movement
Kauflin’s book is Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God (2008). See also his blog, Worship Matters. If you lead others in worship, this is probably the first book to get your hands on.
- Exploring the ‘Why’ behind the Modern Hymn Movement (Part 1)
- Exploring the ‘Why’ behind the Modern Hymn Movement (Part 2)
- Engaging the Emerging Church with Hymns
- My Grandmother Saved it, My Mother Threw It Away, and Now I’m Buying It Back: Why We Still Need Hymns in a Postmodern World
- Hymns as Passion, Story, and Community: Exploring Connections with a Postmodern World
- New Music in the Christian Community: An Apologetic for Popular Musical Styles
- Lessons in Jazz from the Book of Daniel (Part 1)
- Lessons in Jazz from the Book of Daniel (Part 2)
- Jazz as a Means of Growing in the Knowledge of God
See Jason’s writings and music at JasonHarms.com.
Though it’s not part of the lecture series above, I’d be remiss not to mention John Piper’s five-hour seminar, which I would highly recommend. With the links below you can either watch the videos, read the notes, or listen to the audio for free: