Worship: Reformed According to Scripture by Hughes Oliphant Old
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Old is very skilled at tracing the history of certain practices, doctrines, and traditions. Throughout this book, he devotes a chapter to various elements of Christian worship (preaching, sacraments, psalm & hymn singing, etc.) and demonstrates how they developed over time and how the Church in various ages understood and taught regarding those various practices. He doesn’t shy away from pointing out where there was error or misunderstanding. Old’s writing style is dense but not tedious, rich rather than technical. This was quite enjoyable, informative, and I’d highly commend it to those who enjoy history, and especially to those who are in Church leadership. Our calling is to worship God, so we ought to do so according to Scripture; Old does a marvelous job of demonstrating how Christian worship has comes down to us through history and where it is in alignment with Scripture, and where our worship may need some reformation.
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