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A HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY PRAISE & WORSHIP Understanding the Ideas That Reshaped

the Protestant Church Lester Ruth and Lim Swee Hong

New forms of worship have transformed the face of the Ameri- can church over the past fifty years. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, including interviews with dozens of important stakeholders and key players, this volume by two worship experts offers the first comprehensive history of Contemporary Praise & Worship. The authors provide insight into where this phenom- enon began and how it reshaped the Protestant church. They also emphasize the span of denominational, regional, and ethnic expressions of contemporary worship, taking into account the li- turgical dynamics involved it its emergence and the dynamics that led to its growth. The authors show that Contemporary Praise & Worship came about through theological reflection on the Bible, not merely as the result of cultural impulses. LESTER RUTH (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is research professor of Chris- tian worship at Duke Divinity School. He is a historian of Christian worship with a particular interest in the history of Contemporary Praise & Worship. LIM SWEE HONG (PhD, Drew University) is Deer Park Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Emmanuel College of Victoria University, University of Toronto. He has taught in the United States, Canada, and in his native Singapore and often leads global seminars and conferences dealing with worship and sacred music.

NOVEMBER 2021 • 368 pp. • cloth • $44.99 • 9780801098284

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“A remarkable achievement. It will remain the standard work of reference on evangelical and Pentecostal worship for years to come.” —MELANIE C. ROSS, Yale Divinity School “This is a book that will help us slow down and listen attentively, a crucial task for anyone who is called to discern the nature of vital, faithful worship practices in the years to come.” —JOHN WITVLIET, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin University


Introduction: A Historical Overview PART 1: THE HISTORY OF PRAISE & WORSHIP 1. The Headwater of Praise & Worship, 1946–65 2. Deepening the Channel for Praise & Worship, 1965–85 3. Increasing Currents in Praise & Worship, 1965–85 4. A Swollen River, Surging and Sweeping, 1985–95 PART 2: THE HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP 5. Subterranean Stirrings, Pre-1965 6. The First Wave of Contemporary Worship, 1965–85 7. The Second Wave of Contemporary Worship, 1985–Mid- 1990s PART 3: THE CONFLUENCE OF PRAISE & WORSHIP AND CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP 8. The New Liturgical Normal, Late 1990s Appendix Indexes


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