Sunday, March 08, 2009

Lectures on Worship

The other day I came across the audio files from Southern Seminary's Institute for Christian Worship. Go to the site for all the lectures, but below are a number of ones that looked interesting to me. If the speaker has a related book, I've included some info after the links to his lecture.

David Peterson:
D.A. Carson thinks that Peterson's book, Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship (1992), is one of the very best treatments available.

John Frame:

Frame's two books on worship are Worship in Spirit and Truth: A Refreshing Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship (1996) and Contemporary Worship: A Biblical Defense (1997). These books make some in the Reformed camp uncomfortable, but I found both of them to be very helpful.

Harold Best:
Best's two books on worship are Music Through the Eyes of Faith (1993) and Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts (2003). Music Through the Eyes of Faith has had a significant impact on John Piper, and he highly recommends the book.

Michael Card:
For Card on lament, see A Sacred Sorrow Experience Guide: Reaching out to God in the Lost Language of Lament (2005) and The Hidden Face of God: Finding the Missing Door to the Father Through Lament (2007).

Keith and Kristyn Getty:
Stuart Townend, Keith Getty, and Kristyn Getty:
Bob Kauflin:
Kauflin's book is Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God (2008). See also his blog, Worship Matters. If you lead others in worship, this is probably the first book to get your hands on.

Kevin Twit:

Jason Harms:
See Jason's writings and music at

John Piper:

Though it's not part of the lecture series above, I'd be remiss not to mention John Piper's five-hour seminar, which I would highly recommend. With the links below you can either watch the videos, read the notes, or listen to the audio for free: