Faith and Festivity

On improving our worship services.

Reviewed by Chad McComas, pastor, Medford, Oregon.

Worship is a hot topic in ministry today. Churches are trying to make adjustments to bring life back into their services. Paul Beasley-Murray tackles this topic in his book Faith and Festivity. He states, "I believe . . . there is a very real crisis taking place precisely in this area of worship. Far too often worship is dissatisfying, it is frustrating, it is downright disappointing. God does not break in, boredom breaks out. It doesn't matter whether I am in a festival crowd of several thousand or in an ordinary service with just 50 or so present, whether the congregation is charismatic or non-charismatic worship for the most part is a letdown."

Although this book doesn't deliver the punch that the author seems to promise in the above remarks, it will be a good source to pursue as you or a worship committee study worship. The book looks at the various elements in worship, but does it with a more conservative style.

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Reviewed by Chad McComas, pastor, Medford, Oregon.

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