Modern Drumset Techniques For Today's Worship Drummer

Tim Keller: Evangelistic Worship

A great article from Dr. Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City:

http://theresurgence.com/2011/03/23/evangelistic-worship (a snippet)

http://theresurgence.com/files/2011/03/22/Evangelistic_Worship.pdf (the full thing)

Comments

  1. John M. Frame, Worship in Spirit and Truth (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1996), does a good job of showing how great a variety of forms the basic biblical elements can take. Some
    have argued against the use of choirs and solos on the basis of the “regulative principle,” namely, that they are not prescribed by Scripture. But Frame asks, if some are allowed to pray
    aloud while the rest of the congregation meditates, why can’t some be allowed to sing or pray aloud while the rest of the congregation meditates (p. 129)? Why would song be regulated
    differently from prayer and preaching? Some have argued against using hymns and nonscriptural songs on the basis of the regulative principle. But Frame asks, if we are allowed
    to pray or to preach using our own words (based on Scripture), why can we not sing using our own words (based on Scripture) (p. 127)? Why would song be regulated differently from
    prayer and preaching? Some have argued against the use of dance in worship, but aside from many apparent references to dance in worship in the Psalter, Frame asks, if we are exhorted
    to raise hands (Neh. 2:8; Ps. 28:2; 1 Tim. 2:8), clap hands (Ps. 47:1), and fall down (1 Cor. 14:25), is it not expected and natural that we accompany words with actions
    (p. 131)? We can’t preach, surely, without using our bodies to express our thoughts and words, so how can we arbitrarily draw the line to exclude dance? Frame points out that the
    real way to make decisions about these issues (such as dance) is with wisdom and love—that is, by asking what will edify. If you think that dancers in leotards will be too distracting
    and sexually provocative for your congregation, just say so—don’t try to prove that the Bible forbids it. It is a bad habit of mind to seek to label as forbidden what is really just unwise.