Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Reader Jonathon sends along this piece about contemporary worship trends in Protestant churches

You know the drill - praise bands, casual dress, coffee, song lyrics on the wall, etc.

But it's this quote that got me thinking:

Whatever form the contemporary-worship experience takes, it seems to fill a distinct need for worshipers."The focus of the praise is vertical," Turner said. "The focus is straight up - people singing to God. There's an intimacy in the lyrics and the approach to praise that really appeals to people who have grown up in today's culture."

We're so accustomed to critiques of this style of worship focusing on its supposed sell-out to culture, and ascribing its appeal to that, but is this Turner person on to something? I don't know, having not experienced this stuff myself, but it got me wondering...



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