An interesting article. What do you think, QBR readers?
Pr. Wesley Tetsuji Kan posted the following as a response in a forum topic at the Wittenberg Trail titled, "Is Contemporary Worship Essentially Bad?" I think his response is good and he makes some very interesting observations about where the battle should be taken in this debate.
You are right in setting down a definition for "contemporary worship." Unless we are all talking about the same thing a discussion of the subject is pointless. First, I should explain my own liturgical practices and preferences just to be honest and open. As a pastor, I follow the historic Lutheran liturgy, chant the Mass (Holy Eucharist/Holy Communion/Lord's Supper), wear a chasuble and have a crucifix on the chancel wall. I consider Paul Gerhard the greatest hymnist of all time and the greatest church composers to be Crüger and Ebeling. I also know all the words of Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville" and more than a handful of Paul Simon's and Gordon Lightfoot's songs. Few Lutherans know I am a closet Mothers of Invention fan.