Critical reviews (by Lutheran pastors and church musicians) of books and other resources for Christian worship, preaching, and church music from a perspective rooted in Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and good common sense. LHP Quarterly Book Review asks, "Is it worth the money to buy, the time to read, the shelf space to store, and the effort to teach?"
Feed: Pastoral Meanderings Posted on: Monday, January 30, 2012 5:00 AM Author:firstname.lastname@example.org (Pastor Peters) Subject: Paul Westermeyer on Ending Worship Wars...
Sure, these worship wars have been going on forever, but Dr. Paul Westermeyer of Luther Seminary suggests today's church arguments over music have rarely been as mean-spirited as today – or this simple to solve (note the difference between simple and easy…).
Yes, liberating our congregations from the manipulative and emotion-based musical proclivities of the surrounding culture is our biggest challenge – but one that's met by simply getting back to basics of helping the Church sing around Word, font and table. Dr. Westermeyer unpacks this in a refreshing interview not only for church musicians, but all church leaders.
Dr. Paul Westermeyer says the biggest challenge to today's church worship is capitulation to a culture that's based on consumerism and greed – in which bigger is better, and growing my piece of the pie is Job #1. In this interview Dr. Paul tells us that church music is not a commodity but for the glory of God and the edification of humanity.