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Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal

Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal
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Gordon, T. David


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Listen to the four lectures Dr. T. David Gordon gave at the conference Reformed Worship in the Electronic Age. (Amoskeag Presbyterian Church)

Product Description: Changes in music have affected the way we think, the way we worship—even the way we are able to worship. We are steeped in a culture of pop music that makes other genres seem strangely foreign and unhelpful. Worship has become a conflict area, rather than a source of unity.

T. David Gordon looks at these changes in worship and not only examines the problems, but also provides solutions. They are solutions of great importance to us all—because how we sing affects how we live.

192 Pages
Published June 2010

About the Author

T. David Gordon (M.A.R., Th.M Westminster Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary, VA) has been Professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College since 1999

Book Details

192 Pages
Publisher: P and R Publishing Company
Publication Date: June 2010
ISBN 10: 1596381957
ISBN 13: 9781596381957

"T. David Gordon's writing is refreshingly candid and insightful. In this very readable volume he helpfully contextualizes the ways pop music has impoverished our culture and worship in so many churches, while calling us to embrace again the enduring values of hymnody and psalmody. I encourage anyone concerned about biblical worship to read this book."
- Paul S. Jones, Music Director, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

"'Worship forms, tunes, and practices are neutral.' 'We may worship God in any way that is not forbidden.' T. David Gordon criticizes these widely held assumptions in light of the biblical doctrine of worship. he makes a vigorous case for traditional forms of worship. Those who have never considered the tradition will benefit from this critique, and all those ho read will find this essay stimulating."
- R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

"Dr. Gordon is at it again, bringing reformed theology and media ecology to bear on one of the thorniest issues in the church today—worship song. Witty, persuasive, and gracious, he challenges the conventional wisdom in the midst of the so-called 'worship wars,' asking for a serious inquiry into the nature of worship song and the media appropriate to it. He convinces us that if we are to worship with reverence and awe we must not unthinkingly accept the message of popular music."
- Gregory E. Reynolds, Author of The Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures: Preaching in the Electronic Age