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A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship

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"There is a distinct weariness with market-driven, showbiz worship. The pendulum has swung to the longing for transcendence, substance, challenge, and biblically driven worship. Michael Horton shows us the way." --Robert Webber, president, Institute for Worship Studies; author of Ancient-Future Faith
"Horton's enlivening wisdom is surely a godsend to all evan
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Baker Books (first published 2002)
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Paul Kurtz
Michael Horton’s “A Better Way” lays out a theology of worship based on the drama of the creator God breaking into the realm of His creation to redeem man from the consequences of His sin.

The stated thesis of the book is, “God has promised to save and keep his people through the means he has appointed and through no others; the ordinary means of grace are limited to the preached Word and the administered sacraments; God’s rationale for these means is made explicit in Scripture.” Dr. Horton obvi
Jun 06, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it
Another great book by Horton. Its an interesting idea that every Sunday church service is a covenant renewal ceremony- I guess it is but I am not used to thinking about it that way (I wonder how many people do?)- but I think we should. I am also not quite used to looking at the sacraments the way he does- the weight he gives to them is so much more intense than I am used to. There is a lot to chew on in this book. I was also challenged by his view of the Sabbath and really enjoyed it. The chapte ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Jared rated it it was amazing
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A refreshing, biblical, Reformed look at worship. This book ought to be read by anyone who thinks the worship leader is the head musician. It presents corporate worship within the context of redemption history and God's covenant with His people. Beyond a holistic look at regular Sunday worship focusing on Word and sacrament, Dr Michael Horton explores questions of music, architecture, and the like; such questions have been asked and profoundly answered in generations past, but today many either ...more
Chris Hansen
Mar 25, 2012 Chris Hansen rated it really liked it
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For those who always wondered what church is all about, or what church should be all about, read this book. You may not agree with everything Dr. Horton contends for, but you will leave with a greatly heightened appreciation for the gathering of the saints on the Lord's Day every week. Church service isn't just a place we go to get some good advice or encouragement for our week, it's not just a small group writ large, it is so much more than that as Dr. Horton ably explicates a truly Biblical vi ...more
Jacob Aitken
It's a shame this book never really got the widespread attention it deserved. While it is not Horton's hottest book, in many ways it is one of his more important earlier books. Like in other books, Horton's use of the covenant is evident. Here he places the Covenant as something that structures worship. Quite a few folks do this, but often with troubling results. Horton seems to avoid that. I wonder if this book were taken more seriously if more and more churches would start having weekly commun ...more
Warren Sibley
Jan 08, 2008 Warren Sibley rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. began my thinking of worship in a more biblical way. how we should approach the exercise, both from a corporate and personal standpoint. even when we disagreed, i found his argument profitable.
implores us to approach worship as if God is the audience. has profound impact, not just on the worship service, but life.
Justin Gottlieb
Mar 10, 2013 Justin Gottlieb rated it really liked it
Super helpful book that should be read by Pastors and worship leaders. Argues that God is active and infuses Lord's Day worship, and life for that matter, with drama.
Sep 06, 2013 Joel rated it really liked it
What a thought provoking read on worship, preaching, and church life. Well worth the effort
Jason Montgomery
Jun 22, 2010 Jason Montgomery rated it it was amazing
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Does a great job of holding forth the drama of the gospel in worship.
Amy Ivey
Sep 05, 2012 Amy Ivey rated it it was amazing
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Definite must-read on the subject of biblical worship.
Mar 18, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Horton always challenges and edifies me.
Feb 01, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I think Horton is my new favorite author.
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Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. In addition to his work at the Seminary, he is the president of White Horse Inn, for which he co-hosts the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk-show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. He is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. Befo ...more
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“He came down all the way to us, saved us by the death and resurrection of his Son, and continues to provide for our temporal and eternal welfare. But that’s not all: After this he still accommodates, coming all the way down to us again here and now as he uses the most everyday and common elements that are familiar to both the uneducated and the academic: water, bread, and wine. Here God even accommodates to our weakness by allowing us to “taste and see that the Lord is good,” to catch a glimpse of his goodness as he passes by. The writer to the Hebrews calls it tasting of “the powers of the coming age” (Heb. 6:5). Isn’t it a bit arrogant, therefore, for us to respond to this gracious condescension by asking, “But what about the teenagers? How can we make the gospel relevant to people today?” 2 likes
“Most Americans—professing Christians—for a fairly long time thought that slavery was simply “where people are these days.” Is it really loving to set aside the truth about sin and judgment and even to downplay the person and work of Christ as its answer simply because these are not the questions that are being asked by unbelievers? Imagine our elementary school teachers deciding that they will no longer teach the alphabet because the children aren’t interested in learning it.” 0 likes
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