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Worship in Spirit and Truth

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  23 reviews
This fresh, practical study of worship throws needed light on questions about worship content, music, atmosphere, structure, freedom, clarity, recent trends and much more. You will profit from this insightful look at the kind of worship that pleases God.
Paperback, 171 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by P & R Publishing
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Taylor Rollo
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: worship
While I love Dr. Frame, I disagree with his take on the regulative principle. The main problem is his blurring of the lines between public and private worship. Below is a little I wrote on that main argument:

Responding to all of Frame’s argument for a general regulative principle would require more than the time allotted for this rebuttal so we will go right to the central issue of Frame’s case. On page 44 of his book, Frame writes, "This position on church power, however, led some theologians t
Jacob Aitken
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first 40 pages or so is a basic review of Covenantal history. This is familiar topic to most reformed readers, and while quite good, is probably not why people are reading this text. He then analyzes the RPW. He agrees with the claim that worship must be regulated by the Bible, but is concerned that RPW advocates have painted themselves in the corner. Per the RPW, Frame asks
What are these “circumstances” (WCF 21.1)? The Confession doesn’t say, except to note “light of nature.” I’m open to ge
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some fresh perspectives here
Stephen Altrogge
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Every pastor should read this.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Frame is a Christian philosopher and theologian who is better known for his systematic theology, but in the late 90s, he also wrote this book about worship. I don’t know much about Presbyterian or covenant theology, but I learned about it pretty quickly because that’s the background he’s coming from. This book was largely aimed at correcting the rigid, traditional thinking of the Presbyterian denomination. Overall, I appreciated his emphasis on looking to what God’s Word actually says rather tha ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful, charitable and compelling reflections on the nature and purpose of worship. Frame is a balanced critic who understands the arguments from all the corners in this arena. The biggest impact for me was on the question of exclusive psalmody in the worship service. I’ve had an attraction to it, but Frame here demonstrates that it’s not a biblical requirement, and that the pattern of scripture is that new occasions require new songs - like the earthly ministry of Christ to name just the mo ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Only read pp 37 - 62 for an RTS course.
Jared Mcnabb
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s ok. The first chapter on basic principles of worship was good, and some other good points, but a lot of head scratching.
Jan 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you are familiar with John Frame, you know that he is one of the best Christian theological writers around. With degrees from Princeton and Yale and thirty years of teaching at the seminary and graduate level (Westminister Sem. and Reformed Sem.), he is a very sharp guy and a deep thinker. But his talent comes in the way he is able to synthesize difficult concepts and place them in accessible and easily understood language.

This is a good book, though I disagree with alot of his perspective. H
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good introduction to a mainstream Reformed tradition of worship. Frame wrote this book based on notes for a SS class, so it is definitely at a subtechnical level. Nevertheless, he covers all the bases--all of life as worship, the elements of worship, worship wars, music, use of the Word, who can do what, etc.

His view of the regulative principle is a bit broader than I would like. Many believe the regulative principle states that each element of worship but find divine warrant in Scripture. Fra
Zach McDonald
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is such a refreshing, biblical, and concise book. Dr. Frame says a lot that the "truly" reformed camp will disagree with, but I believe they are things that have need for being said. This is what I love most about John Frame, he is profoundly biblical and willing to humbly disagree with those in his own camp when he senses the need. I have not done too much study on the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW), but it seems that he slightly redefines the principle and argues that it applies to ...more
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book on worship by a brilliant man. Frame is faithful to Scripture while remaining culturally balanced and insightful.

Frame begins, as most books on worship do, by defining what worship is, and expounding some typical Biblical passages from both the Old Testament and the New. He then moves on to the Regulative Principle which governs the rest of the book.

It is his position on the Regulative Principle that makes this book well worth the read. Frame goes against many in modern
Tim Woody
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pastors and worship leaders
Shelves: pastoral, theological
John Frame is always an engaging read. Well written this book gives great reflections on the form of worship. Although I would disagree with some of his conclusions his reflections from which he draws them are thought provoking. I really enjoyed this book and think that it's a must read since its such a short read.
Jordan Rowland
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really quite helpful. From a Reformed tradition, but for any Christian who wants to understand the content of God pleasing Christian worship.
Matt Mason
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Much helpful reflection along biblical, historical, and practical lines.
Darby Hughes
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: worship
Good thoughts, his approach to the regulative principle is sensible & helpful. ...more
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Simple. Useful. But sometimes inadequate. Read this book, but read others, too.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
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Bob Kauflin: "Both of Frame's books are biblical, practical, and easy to read. While written from a Presbyterian perspective, any church will benefit from his insights."
Jin Chong
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great balance of biblical truth and cultural understanding.
Douglas Wilson
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Quite good.
Jeremy D.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: worship
This was my first exposure to the notion that God might have opinions about how he is worshipped. It was... mindblowing to me, no joke.
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For his education, Frame received degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), Westminster Theological Seminary (B.D.), Yale University (A.M. and M.Phil., though he was working on a doctorate and admits his own failure to complete his dissertation), and Belhaven College (D.D.). He has served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary and was a founding faculty member of their California campu ...more

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