Worship: Reformed According to Scripture (Guides to the Reformed Tradition)
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Worship: Reformed According to Scripture (Guides to the Reformed Tradition)

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Hughes Oliphant Old masterfully summarizes the worship of Israel and the early church and traces the development of worship through the period of the Reformation. He provides a sterling historical study that will be highly useful for pastors and church study groups as well as for scholars and students interested in Reformed worship. An extensive bibliography of resources f

Paperback, 202 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by Westminster John Knox Press
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For too long we, those who hold to the regulative principle of worship, have used that truth to defend a pared down worship that consists of a sermon, a few Psalms, a very long prayer and a little Scripture reading. We've called it Reformed Worship. What it really is, is all that's deemed necessary after a few centuries of pietism and revivalism.

Scripture alone must tell us what to do in the worship of God (especially when the Church gathers as the Church each Sabbath), but the Scriptures provi...more
Paul Wichert
This was an excellent book -- one of the best I've read lately. The author will take you on an informed, concise historical and theological adventure through eight aspects of worship: baptism, the Lord's day, praise, Word, prayer, the Lord's supper, daily prayer, and alms. It is a mini historical theology of these subjects covering the biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation, puritan, and modern time periods. This approach is helpful to see the biblical bases for each aspect of worship and th...more
Pretty good overview of the historic liturgy of the reformed church... I imagine many reformed churches today wouldn't recognize what this looks like.
Jason Farley
I really appreciated and enjoyed this book.

9/30/11 - reread the chapter on prayer and am just amazed at how insightful Old is every time I read him.
Andy Smith
Absolutely fantastic survey of the reformed aspects of worship. Smart, succinct, thought-provoking. Made and inspired me in several areas.
Peter N.
Excellent overview of worship. Final chapter on tradition and practice fantastic. One of the best scholars on worship around.
The best part of this book is harvesting what the church fathers and the reformers thought on particular aspects of worship. These insights and practices had much more depth than I expected to find. The chapter on the Lord's Table connected a lot of separate things I had heard about the Table to a more coherent view on the topic. The chapter on alms surprised me with regard to the connection to the Lord's Table in both the early church and churches of the Reformation. I look forward to reading m...more
Daniel Wells
Old is one of the best when it comes to the discussion of Reformed worship. His scholarship needs consideration by many today in discussing the Regulative Principle of Worship and other issues. I think Old provides a needed balance. This book is a sort of fountainhead for the rest of his work in the field. It is a must buy.
Nate Walker
Excellent survey of the history of Christian worship. Concise, but practical (at least it challenged me at numerous points), and the chapter on the Supper is superb. Also a great resource for finding treatments of various elements of the liturgy from different periods of church history (inspired to read some Bucer).
Chris Comis
Very important book on the Reformed liturgical tradition. Answers a lot of the "whats" and "whys" of Reformed liturgy. Old is a great historian and scholar, especially when it comes to Reformation history. So he does not lack the background that is needed for a study like this. Very good.
John Yelverton
A great and wonderful historical book on the concept and many facets of worship throughout the ages. Well worth any historian's time, and a must read for pastors.
Douglas Wilson
Not sure this is the same edition, or book. But the one I read was stupendous.
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Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old is the John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary and Dean of the Institute for Reformed Worship. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and has studied at the University of Tübingen, the Protestant Theological Faculty of Paris, the Institute Catholique of Paris, and the University of Basel. He completed a D. théol....more
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