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Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church Music Today
Thirty-three provocative essays on corporate worship, hymnody and psalmody, issues, and composers and composition. Explores Scripture teaching on the role of music in the church.
Paperback, 315 pages
Published February 24th 2006 by P & R Publishing
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This book was difficult to rate. Paul Jones is clearly qualified as a church musician because of his experience as the lead musician at the 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. His interaction with men like James Montgomery Boice also add to his ability to converse on the theology of worship. Jones writes for both the layman and the accomplished musician. And so, depending on your level of expertise, the relevance will be evidently clear. That being said, his discussion of the theology of c ...more
I was lent this book by a friend because I'd sung several of the hymns the author has written with J.M. Boice. Being in a liturgy class this semester, I think my view of this book is significantly different than it would've been. I come from a very SATB/four-part harmony/organ/hymnal/psalter-kind of church background and so does Paul Jones. His defense of classical-music-based worship, however, seems very narrow to me now. His arguments all assume an upper-crust, white, rich, presbyterian cultur ...more
Church musicians should read this book - a good overview on the philosophy/theology of church music as well as practical chapters on the musicians actual ministry in the church, and interesting historical chapters on hymns and Christan classical musicians as well. Not for the general reader, obviously. (Just to note: Jones is very classical in his approach to worship, so in some areas I disagree with how his accurate theology plays out specifically in worship)
This book was quite enlightening about the issues in music for the use of worship. I have learned quite a bit about issues in music in general since I read the book, and it provides a good Biblical reasons for performing music in a certain way during a worship service and outside of a worship service.
This book is very technical and difficult to read through. I think that, for me, it will go back on my shelf and function as a reference book that I can go to from time to time. I did a lot of skimming because much of the information was not what I was interested in reading.