Ep 47: Dr. Lester Ruth on the history of Contemporary Worship

Episode 47 features an interview with Dr. Lester Ruth on the history of contemporary worship in the Church. The research professor Christian worship at Duke Divinity School, Dr. Ruth co-authored his new book Lovin' on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship with Dr. Swee Hong Lim, assistant professor of Sacred Music at Emmanuel College in Toronto. Our interview covers numerous topics related to contemporary worship, including differences how "Mainline" and "Pentecostal" churches do contemporary worship, some of the little known figures in the early contemporary movement, and whether or not we have made music into a sacrament in contemporary worship. You can find Dr. Ruth's personal page here: https://divinity.duke.edu/faculty/lester-ruth

You can purchase Lovin on Jesus at Amazon or Cokesbury.

Check below for a list of PostConsumer Reports articles on worship and liturgy, as well as an hour long seminar taught by Dr. Ruth on the subject of the new book.

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Related Articles:

The Best New Worship Music (according to PostConsumer Reports)
Is the Liturgy Too Elitist and Academic For "Normal" Christians?
Why People Don't Go To "Liturgical" Churches Part 1: Liturgy's Superiority Complex
Why People Don't Go To "Liturgical" Churches Part 2: It's Un-American!
How the Liturgy can speak to modern people (if we allow it to)
How the Church Calendar can speak to modern people (if we allow it to)
Chasing the Ghosts of Worship Past—a worship leader's lament
Worship in Full Spectrum: An Introduction
Hymnals = Vinyl: The Case For and Against Hymnals in Worship 

Confession: I Am An Irrelevant Worship Pastor
Worship Music Should Be Radically Contemporary
The Multiverse of a Worship Song: Matt Redman's "This Beating Heart"
Why I've Never Sung Matt Redman's "10,000 Reasons" At My Church

Related Podcast Episodes:
Episode 26: Zac Hicks author of The Worship Pastor
Episode 07: Pastor Luke Edwards on "why churches should stop giving stuff away"
Episode 11: Thom Blair on the Hebrew English Interlinear O.T. and Logos Bible Software
Episode 33: Author Michelle Van Loon on the Church Calendar



Will said...

How do I download the podcast?

PostConsumer Reports said...

Will, do you listen to podcasts anywhere? That's one was to listen. People have apps on their phone.

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Will said...

Thanks Chris! That download link was just what I was looking for.