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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
CJ Bowen
Jun 10, 2015 CJ Bowen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book may be composed of transcribed lectures, but I was already wishing it was longer even before I got to the pgh on page 162 where Hughes Old describes the different topics and figures that he himself wished he had time to explore.

An outstanding introduction to the beating heart of biblical worship that isn't a screed against contemporary worship or a sectarian account blind to the diversity that exists even among the Reformed. Old has done a wonderful job of introducing and summarizing t
Aug 02, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2011 Jason Farley rated it really liked it
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
Dec 25, 2012 Andy Smith rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic survey of the reformed aspects of worship. Smart, succinct, thought-provoking. Made and inspired me in several areas.
Peter N.
Mar 16, 2009 Peter N. rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview of worship. Final chapter on tradition and practice fantastic. One of the best scholars on worship around.
Feb 13, 2014 Terry rated it it was amazing
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
Paul Wichert
Sep 25, 2014 Paul Wichert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
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 basis for each aspect of worship and th ...more
Daniel Wells
Sep 28, 2012 Daniel Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2013 Nate Walker rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 25, 2009 Chris Comis rated it really liked it
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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.
Apr 28, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it
Clear and informative. Old's book is a good jumping off place for those getting acquainted with 1) the biblical basis and 2) the historical development of Christian liturgy.
John Yelverton
Apr 01, 2014 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 07, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing
Very excellent review of worship / liturgy over the last 2000 years and its application for today. Very insightful.
Douglas Wilson
Feb 28, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
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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