Few things elicit as much passion in Christians as worship. In preparation for last Saturday’s show, I posted an article to Facebook entitled, “Let’s Stop Singing These 10 Worship Songs,” which immediately sparked a flurry of likes, shares and comments. Some defended contemporary worship songs, expressing how they had profoundly touched them. Others railed against contemporary worship for being repetitive and shallow.
Many Christians get discouraged by the so-called “worship wars,” but I find them oddly encouraging. Truth is, we Christians get worked up about worship because we care so deeply about the object of our worship. Plus, for many of us, worship is like this portal that transports us into God’s Presence. We cherish worship because we cherish God, as well as our intimate experiences with Him.
For this reason, I was really looking forward to Saturday’s Up For Debate program on Contemporary Christian Music and I wasn’t disappointed. Dr. T. David Gordon, a theology professor at Grove City College, expressed his concern that modern worship music is supplanting the classic, theologically rich hymns. But, John Thompson, a music executive with Capitol CMG Publishing, presented a vision for mixing the old hymns with the modern songs in church worship. And, Christian recording artist Jonny Diaz described what he believes to be the different, but equally important role that both hymns and contemporary worship play.
It was a great discussion and I encourage you to listen to the entire broadcast if you missed it. But, just to whet your appetite – or refresh your memory – here’s a four-minute highlight from the program:
Did you listen to the show? What did you think about what our guests said? Did you agree or disagree? Please let me know in the comments below.
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